A register of accredited service providers is to be made available in the area of stress management in a bid to help HR directors weed out the cowboys.
The standard will form the basis of an auditable certification scheme and organisations accredited under it will be eligible for inclusion in the new register. To date, the stress management industry has been completely unregulated and lacking in any recognised professional standards.
Sadie Hopson, business director at stress management consultancy Euthenia Touch
and ISMA member, said: “The stress management industry is saturated with potential service providers, from life coaches and laughter therapists to risk assessors and trainers, and the provision of this new standardisation will allow employers to consult a register of qualified and accredited practitioners.”
The initiative was the brainchild of ISMA board member Francis McGinty and was developed in partnership with the BSI. Its aim was to offer a practical solution to the UK’s rising stress epidemic and subsequent costly impact on the economy, which Dame Carol Black’s report revealed was £100 billion a year, she added.