Our Training Approach to Well-being

Our view of human capital development, sustainment and then enrichment is an integrated action-learning model with four pillars of knowing and understanding that provides the client and organization with insight and a realistic way forward. We view traditional training as a series of presentations, small group work, break-out sessions, handouts and collecting shared experiences and learnings at the end of the typical training event. At CSM from a neuroscience perspective we call this "knowing" - in other words - "I went to a training course and I know a few new things and remember few older ones." There is value here from a short-term perspective of acquiring new knowledge and recalling old knowledge if you will but it then begs a more critical business-minded question in today's short-minded/daily business cycle: So now what? The answer lies in what differentiates our training courses and programs from others by way of the brain science of "understanding." In short, our four integrated pillars of knowing and understanding embedded in our training courses and programs that restores, sustains and enhances well-being for greater work and personal life performance can be captured in the following quote:

Knowledge is the learning of something in a new day and/or recalling something accurately from yesterday. Wisdom is the understanding of how that knowledge can best serve the well-being of a person (living and maintaining a healthy personal life) and the well-being of an organization (sustaining and growing a successful business life).

We do not see training as an event, but instead, an investment by the person or an organization to a continuous process of quality improvement. From a business perspective, the training will approach the processes of knowing and understanding to help organizations "grow bigger, become better, add more value and/or develop something new." In other words, "we will." From a human capital perspective, the training will integrate the processes of knowing and understanding to empower individuals to "enhance resilience, strengthen competencies, grow their character strengths and create well-being habits." In other words, "I can." With a mindset of "I can" (the cognitive brain) and an organization culture of "we will" (the emotional brain), the way forward becomes believable and actionable. But the universal hurdle (the common denominator) we have seen in our collective 50 years of being part and/or witnessing individual and organizational change after counselling, training or professional development processes resides in the most instinctual part of our brains: socializing. We are not "hard wired" to get married or on the other extreme to live alone on top of a mountain. But we are hard-wired to socialize with others in social, work, academic, strange, threatening and even new and unknown environments. It has how we have survived and thrived as a species. To put in a more universally recognized word: engagement. But the art and science of how we socialize is much more than taking a course in EQ, saying hello to a stranger in a elevator, attending a social event, public speaking, negotiating a deal or communicating family, friends and work colleagues.

If you desire to learn more on how we can unfold knowing, understanding and socializing to enhance personal and organizational performance, please click on the area of interest links to the left. We trust you will find the corresponding pages informative, realistic, action-oriented and evidence-based approaches to being well (healthy person creates a greater healthier company) and living well (individual positive well-being habits leads to a more resilient and optimistic organization). Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on info@stresshk.com

Our Well-being Training Model - MINDING

The terms wellness and well-being are quite often used interchangeably by practitioners and consumers of healthcare. At the Centre for Stress Management we view wellness as "the various activities that prevent disease, injury or illness, and/or those activities that restore one's health." In wellness the healthcare practitioner plays a key (we hope collaborative with other healthcare team members) role in developing wellness activities for the client. A key outcome for the client and practitioner in wellness is "healthy." The term well-being clearly has the desired outcome healthy integrated into the well-being model, but more importantly, well-being is a dynamic, fluid, multi-dimensional perspective on how "well" a person is doing besides the absence and/or presence of an illness. Well-being has gained acceptance into the healthcare world since 2008 and today we have over 100 well-being models that governments, businesses, medical, academic and mental health sectors employ.

Feel free to click on the link below to read more about how the Centre for Stress Management employs a four pillar well-being model for our training and counselling clients we have appropriately developed and entitled Minding. Our Co-founders and Directors have spent the past 50 years in healthcare, leadership, business and management developing various programs for our clients to go from good to better. This combined with our intensive research over the past several years since 2008 on what constitutes a best practice in well-being for individuals and businesses has been the key driver for us to launch our Centre for Stress Management in Hong Kong and our Flourish Asia Resort Spa in Chiang Mai Thailand. In short, we are committed to collaborate with our clients to see a positive health and business outcome in their counselling and training programs with us for a sustainable positive and optimistic future.

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Our Facilitators

Our facilitators are qualified with a bachelor, master, medical and/or doctorate degree in medicine, banking, business management, neuroscience, communication, thought leadership, law, healthcare administration, counselling, psychology, communications, marketing or clinical social work. Additionally, many of our training facilitators are counsellors that come from other qualifications such as business management, banking, finance, law, academics, teachers, nursing, and medical doctors. All of our facilitators undergo a regular 360 performance review to sustain and enhance their training, presentation, program development and after-service skills to ensure our quality standards remain high and that our clients have access to the most relevant and evidence-based human capital and organizational development techniques for their personal and organizational well-being. With a culture of lifelong learning, all of our staff are constantly embracing as a personal and company value at the Centre for Stress Management lifelong engagement with knowing and understanding with their socializing brains.

Our Directors

The American co-founders of the Centre for Stress Management (CSM) and our parent organization Flourish Asia have over 50 years of combined healthcare experience both in medical practice and psychology-counselling practice with stress related wellness issues. Concurrently our co-founders have also been authors and presenters on thousands of training and workshop programs in areas of thought leadership, balanced scorecard strategy building, building wellness into business, change and conflict management, teamwork - teambuilding, right-sizing, process re-engineering, TQM, accreditation and clinical supervision, product and service development and others. Our integrated approach to wellness recognizes that the most effective journey for any client to achieve their optimal well-being is the collaboration of medical and psychological best practices and evidence-based healthcare solutions. With a direct line to some of the most internationally recognized universities and think tanks, our co-founders practice what they preach: an intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning.


Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn human capital, team and organizational development sessions are mission and topic focused, interactive group think, and with a desired outcome around good food to empower a company to go from good to better.


Community Outreach

Embedded in our corporate social responsibility values as a good neighbor, we frequently deliver pro-bono public speaking events with a mindset to develop resilient emotional intelligence and well-being life skills.


Internship Placements

Our Internship Placement programs is in collaboration with regional and international universities for psychology, counselling, business and management students to become an integrated team member in research and skills development.


Well-being Research

Our research is in collaboration with universities, think tanks, businesses and organizations that have a vested interest in the development and implementation of well-being programs for the school and business communities.