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Stress and Resilience Training Centre (SRTC)

Defence is committed to providing support to its personnel, our main asset, and this includes enabling the development and maintenance of resilience and psychological well-being in the Armed Forces and MOD Civil Service. 

START Taking Control is a programme of Stress Management and Resilience-building Training and Education (SMRTE) delivered by SRTC, complementing the Traumatic Risk Management (TRiM) programme.

START Taking Control is delivered in two modules, both on-site at the Defence Academy and by arrangement throughout the Defence estate, at home and overseas. 

START Taking Control (Foundation) is a one-day module. It has two main aims: to educate individuals about the physiological and psychological causes and effects of stress; and to develop effective coping, management and prevention techniques and the willpower to use them. It is aimed at everyone in Defence, Service, Civilian, Regular and Reserve, at all levels of seniority.

START Taking Control (Practitioner) is a 2-day module for all those with line-management, supervisory and leadership roles, including trainers. It provides additional stress-management and resilience tools pertinent to leaders and managers, and the tools and knowledge required to identify stress in others and provide appropriate support, advice and signposting.

The SRTC is also the Training Delivery Authority for all Stress Management and Resilience Training and Education (SMRTE) across Defence, including Traumatic Risk Management (TRiM) training. This is delivered and administered by single-Service delivery teams located at Navy Command HQ (RN/RM), RMA Sandhurst (Army) and RAF Halton (RAF).

START Taking Control (Foundation)


START Taking Control (Practitioner)

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