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            Stress Mastery Program


The heart of the STRESS MASTERY PROGRAM is the STRESS MASTERY QUESTIONNAIRE (SMQ) developed by Dr. James Petersen, an internationally recognized stress psychologist, researcher and author. The SMQ was developed over years of research and real world use in corporations, organizations and government agencies worldwide. Over 600,000 people in 15 countries have benefited from completing the SMQ in training, counseling and coaching programs or through personal self-development.

The SMQ was created using modern psychometric test development methodology and was subsequently validated through a rigorous year-long study supported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (N.I.O.S.H.). The SMQ is one of only a few scientifically developed stress risk assessment currently available and has become the "gold standard" for stress management training and coaching programs.

The STRESS MASTERY PROGRAM is evidence-based that can help anyone to identify their unique stress risk areas, clarify the meaning of stress in one's life and, then, develop strategies and techniques to reduce and master stress.




The first step in learning how to master stress is to identify and understand the behaviors and attitudes that reflect underlying stress. Since stress manifests itself in our behaviors, attitudes and ways of thinking, the key is to learn to understand and recognize the warning signs of stress. The Stress Mastery Questionnaire (SMQ) provides how one is mastering stress on 11 unique stress risk scales.

To learn more about the SMQ, click THE SMQ.


Immediately after completing the SMQ online, each person receives feedback on their stress risk scores in the form of a Personal Stress Profile. The Profile shows in table format their stress risk on the 11 SMQ stress risk scales, such as Anger, Perfectionism, Burnout and more.

To see an example of the Report and Profile, click PROFILE


Within a short time (less than 24 hours) a Detailed Stress Report is emailed to the trainer or coach for each client or employee who completed the SMQ. The Report shows the person's actual responses to the 87 questions. Both the Profile and Report are important tools to providing clear feedback on what behaviors and thinking styles need to be changed to prevent stress from recurring.

To see an example of these tools, click REPORT


Armed with the information from the SMQ, PROFILE and REPORT, each person receives a copy of Stressmastery Guide: A Roadmap to Resilience ( 34pp). The Guide provides detailed information for each of the 11 scales on What to Know and What to Do to change or modify the underlying behavior or attitude causing stress. The Guide can be used alone as a self-study guide or integrated into a stress management training or coaching program.

To see an example of the Guide, click GUIDE


In order to provide a way to develop a Commitment for Change, each person also receives a copy of the Stress Mastery Workbook. The Workbook enables one to journal important concepts being presented and then to build a plan for change. The Workbook highlights each scale’s questions with a place to write in reflections, comments and ideas on the meaning of the scale and what one might want to do to build stress resilience.

To see an example of the Workbook, click STRESS MASTERY WORKBOOK

The SMQ was created through extensive research by Dr. James C. Petersen, a psychologist, author, speaker and expert on individual and corporate stress management. Dr. Petersen developed the SMQ to help people learn about their stress "risk" areas and how stress can have a negative impact on one's health, work productivity, interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. The SMQ has been validated as a self-assessment tool through a grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, 1983) and is used worldwide in corporate stress management programs, wellness centers, churches, public stress management workshops and by counselors and coaches for individual and small group stress management training.


The Stress Mastery Questionnaire (SMQ) consists of 87 scientifically developed questions that identify one's Stress warning signs, Stress Effects and Stressors. After answering the questions, each person scores are compared to a norm group and a stress "risk" level is provided for each of the 11 scales.

The SMQ is a proven effective stress risk assessment protocol that can be used by trainers, coaches and wellness professionals in stress management training programs or in individual or group counseling or coaching. The SMQ has helped over 600,000 people worldwide to better undertand themselves and their stress. It has been featured on AOL's Thrive On Health and Oxygen web portals and is currently being integrated into one of American's top health and wellness websites as an on-line stress assessment.

The SMQ can be used by anyone working in the field of stress or stress management, management development, wellness or organizational change, as it is reflects the current research and real work use in stress management and holistic wellness program in 18 countries and countless organizations and companies.



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"We've been working with Jim and his Stressmaster Assessment for close to 20 years. What Jim has developed is one of the best assessments that I've seen out there for helping people understand their stress load and then being able to manage and overcome their stress."

S. R. Stop At Nothing.

I’ve been using the SMQ for over the last 14 months and have given it to about 750 people. It has been extremely useful in our Stress Management Program and I’ve received much positive feedback from the Participants. Some remarks have been: The (SMQ) guide has helped me change my life.’ ‘I get better insight every time I go through the Report and Guide. The SMQ helped me know myself a lot better. I’m a better manager because of that. ”These remarks make me feel good about the effectiveness of the instrument as we apply it in the Stress Management Program.” Paul D. (Ph.D)

"I have been reading my "Highs" (scores on the SMQ) and I thank you for hitting it on the head. My Anger, Time Urgency, Tension highs describe me perfectly. I will be using this info taking to my group counseling sessions for discussion and input."

B.F. New Port Richey "

On a personl note, I have found the SMQ to be a robust, informative tool, based on sound theory and practice. I am definitely an advocateof the Stressmaster philosoply!"

J.L. (UK Consultancy)



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