Stress management and assertiveness

Credit hour 3
Total number of hours 20
Number of hours for lectures 20


1. Fundamental knowledge in the various theoretical fields of the discipline, in their epistemological currents and in their methodological approaches.
2. Skills to refer a matter or a question to one or more theoretical currents.

Provide students with tools for approaching stress management and assertiveness in a consultation with a patient. Discover these tools and participate in simulations of real-life professional situations (role-play of a patient-psychologist interaction).
Mobilize knowledge and skills (acquired during this course, as well as in other courses approaching the two main issues) as part of a work on case studies, in order to complete the theoretical framework with a practice-centered approach.


1. Introduction : stress management and assertiveness as ways of improving the patient’s well-being.
2. Different stress models. Causes, moderator variables, and stress response.
3. Coping strategies (problem-focused and emotion-focused, adaptive and maladaptive, active and passive coping).
4. Stress management tools and techniques acting on three dimensions : emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
5. Assertiveness basics.
6. Assertive and non-assertive behaviour : causes and consequences.
7. Assertiveness as a therapeutic tool (in the treatment of anxiety, depression, problems related to lack of self-esteem and self-confidence or for approaching relational problems).
8. Assisting the patient in various situations requiring assertiveness (making or refusing requests, expressing feelings and affection, expressing criticism or formulating assertive responses to criticism, etc.)


Semester 2


Alberti, R.E., Emmons, M.L. (1990). A manual for assertiveness trainers. San Louis Obispo: Impact
Kottler, J.A., Chen, D.D. (2011). Stress Management and Prevention: Applications to Daily Life. New York: Routledge
Nejad, L., Volny, K. (2008). Treating stress and anxiety: A practitioner’s guide to evidence-based approaches. Bethel: Crown House Publishing


Session 1:
-Class participation : coef 1
-Written work : coef 2
Session 2: written work