Next Class Begins 4-6-2015 (Online)


Stress isn’t the enemy. It is our perceptions of stress that amp our anxiety and use up all our steam. Events happen every day. How we interpret those events can set the stage for how we feel and how we react to others. Reducing stress is as easy as understanding what stress is, understanding what stress is to you, and using that knowledge to restructure your thoughts. Turn stress into a stepping stone, not a stumbling block!

One-month course, Meredith Brown, instructor. 

Directional Arrows Course Objectives

  • Define- Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of how stress is defined and identify what stress means on a personal level.
  • Perceive - Gain a basic understanding of how one’s own perceptions and beliefs significantly influence the amount of stress they experience.
  • Learn – Gain an understanding of some of the research in the field of psychology, with regards to stress.
  • Application - Gain a basic understanding and have an opportunity to apply principles learned in this course to potentially assist them in reducing stress

Puzzle Pieces Course Outcomes

  • At the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of how stress is defined.
  • Taking this course will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and how stress affects you.
  • Upon completion of this course you will gain an understanding of how your thoughts and beliefs help or hinder your stress levels.
  • When you complete this course you will have some activities and the basic knowledge to create your own activities to help you reduce your stress.

outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1 - Defining the stress monster
  • How we *you* appraise stress
  • How social settings define stress for you
  • Knowing who is in control

Unit 2 - How our views or beliefs help or hinder our stress

  • Irrational beliefs about stress
  • Gaining control
  • Knowing what you can handle

Unit 3 - Positive Psychology

  • Gratitude
  • Optimism, even if you are not an optimist
  • Flow and setting your groove
  • Mindfulness and being in the present
  • Pleasure and why you need it
Unit 4 - Ways to reduce stress
  • Getting it together with time management
  • Calling out the troops, your friends
  • Relaxing and mindful meditation
  • Laughter and praising yourself


Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

  1. In the online classroom, listen to audio lectures, view slides, even take an optional quiz to test yourself.
  2. Then post comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor.  Your instructor logs on at least once a day to answer questions and join in on the discussion.
  3. Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.

  4. Participate any time of day or night. The ideal is to go online 2-3 times a day since they are week-long courses, but you decide.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Mac MiniTechnical Requirements

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.
  • Audio software such as Windows Media, Real, or Flash.
  • Speakers to listen to audio.

About the Instructor 

Meredith Brown is a full time instructor of psychology at a two year college and teaches online courses at a university. She has worked with various programs to help students recognize and fight stress, control test anxiety, and manage time. Ms. Brown has done seminars on handling stress for nursing students, non-traditional students, and colleagues. Ms. Brown has a Master in Science Psychology, focused her degree work in the area of therapeutic intervention, and is a Certified Online Instructor.



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Summer Session: 8/5/2014 - 8/29/2014
(Late Registration Deadline -8/4/2014)

Fall Session: 11/3/2014 - 11/28/2014
(Late Registration Deadline -11/2/2014)




One-month course, $145.