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Learing to Thrive, not just a world of stress. "So Far, So Good!"

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Jim Petersen, Ph.D. received his doctorate from the University of Arizona in Psychology in 1972 and has been a pioneer researcher, clinician and therapist in treating stress related disorders. Dr. Petersen is recognized as one of the leading stress management experts. As a licensed psychologist, Jim has extensive experience as an innovator, developer, researcher and clinician. His career spans the world of business and entrepreneurial ventures to corporate training, management consulting, individual personality and career assessments, and program/corporate evaluations for companies, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and the mental health community. He understands both stress within a person as well as within a company or organization.
In 1980, Dr. Petersen the founded Stressmaster which is one of the leading stress management training and consulting firms in the USA. He created and directed the first biofeedback and stress management clinic in Tucson, Arizona and implemented stress management programs for Canyon Ranch (Tucson), the University of Arizona’s Medical School Project Well Aware and many other companies including the stress management program at KPMG Peat Marwick (Now KPMG). Since 1980, Jim has worked with thousands of individuals and companies throughout the world to recognize, understand and relive corporate and personal stress. His goal is to teach people how to “Thrive, not just Survive, in a World of Stress.”
Jim is an accomplished trainer and workshop facilitator and is the author of the internationally acclaimed Stress Management Questionnaire (SMQ). The SMQ is one of the few fully validated and researched stress assessment tools. With three main scales and 11 total stress areas, the SMQ helps one to pinpoint high-risk areas. Because the SMQ has gone through such extensive research, it has become an integrated part of corporate training and development departments and is used by wellness consultants around the globe.
The SMQ™ has been used by companies and organizations form around the world. The SMQ has been completed by over 600,000 people and for several years was featured on AOL’s website called THRIVE and Oxygen. Currently, the SMQ is being integrated into Dr. Andrew Weil’s On-Line Total Health program. The SMQ will soon be available in an Internet based On-Line Stress Management Questionnaire. 
Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA

Ph.D. 1972 -University of Arizona-Major Psychology

Co-Founder - Pantano Rotary - Tucson, AZ

I have been veyr community involved in professional and civic organizations including American Psychological Association, Presidents Club (University of Arizona), Arizona State Psychological Association, Phoenix Advertising Club, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Spirit Bear Foundation (Board of Directors), Girls Clubs of Tucson (Past Board of Directors), Southern Arizona Psychological Association (Co-founder), Pantano Rotary Club (Co-founder), and many other national youth serving organizations

Additional Information

The On-Line version of the Stress Management Questionnaire is about to be released. Look for it on our website

Contact Information
3219 E. Camelback Road #840 
Phoenix AZ 85018   USA
Contact Author: James C. Petersen, Ph.D.

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