Name, claim and reframe: Personal stress tools

These workshop materials and personal stress tools can help develop skills to identify and manage responses to everyday stressors. 

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Stress is inevitable. Ongoing doubt, anger or fear are not. The ability to name our stress, claim our power over it and reframe it in a way that allows us to let go of whatever holds us back is a skillset we all can learn and refine. 

Using these workshop materials will help participants to:

  • Name their stress – this sounds easier than it is. When we can identify how our stress is impacting our thoughts and emotions, we are no longer powerless.
  • Claim their power – once they have named it, now they can challenge the unhelpful or untrue thoughts and difficult emotions that stress is causing them.
  • Reframe it – changing how we look at whatever has or is causing us stress can make it easier to move forward.

We can all benefit from learning this skill and sharing it with those we care about.

This page includes links to a slide presentation, a facilitator guide and a participant handout as to facilitate a workshop, as well as the Name, claim and reframe prompts in fillable digital forms, a printable version as well as in an audio format.

Facilitating this workshop

The facilitator guide can help you present this 2.5-hour workshop with any size group, using the slide presentation and participant handout. The intention is to explain how and why the personal stress tools work, and then leave individuals to use them privately whenever they feel it will be helpful. The tools are meant to be used for personal reflection, not as a work requirement – individuals don’t need to submit them or share them with anyone else unless they choose to. 

While the facilitator guide has all the information you need to host the workshop, what follows is a high-level overview of the main elements of the Name, claim and reframe process.


The first step – naming – is being able to recognize when you’re having, or have had, a stress response.  

It’s also about being able to name the thoughts and emotions you were experiencing during and after your stress response. 


Claiming is about stepping into the power that you have to challenge the meaning that you assigned to whatever is stressful in your life. 


Reframing is when you’re able to gain perspective that may or may not include changing the meaning that you assigned. But it always includes coming back to a place of emotional, psychological and physical well-being. This can happen by choosing things and actions that bring you comfort and allow you to maintain your day-to-day routine.

Facilitation tips for leaders is a guide that can help you increase your comfort level and effectiveness in managing participant responses and attitudes.

Workshop materials

Individual use

For those who have already participated in the workshop, you can use the tool whenever you want as a form of self-reflection and to help you reframe and reset. 

If you have not had the opportunity to participate in the workshop, you could read through the facilitator guide | PDF on your own to learn the Name, claim and reframe process.

In the beginning, you may want to write out your answers, as evidence suggests this is the most therapeutic approach. You can do so using the printable version of the prompts | PDF. Note that this version is not accessible to screen readers, an accessible version of the prompts is also available.

We offer the Name, claim and reframe prompts in several formats.

Additional resources

  • Name, claim and reframe workshop evaluation report 2024 | PDF. Overall, results of this evaluation suggest that the Name, claim and reframe workshop was effective in improving participants' abilities to identify stressors and personal stress responses, as well as understanding of healthy coping mechanisms and management of day-to-day stressors. 
  • Window of tolerance. What is your window of tolerance for stress? Is it narrow, causing you to respond with fear or anger? Or is it wide, allowing you to effectively manage the majority of everyday stressors?
  • Resilience. This resource helps you develop healthy coping strategies to deal with life's challenges.
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In 2023, Workplace Strategies hosted a series of roundtables across Canada on workplace stress and trauma. It is through this collaboration and feedback from first responders, including police, healthcare workers, journalists and paramedics that this tool was refined. The work was also reviewed by trauma experts Dr. Catharine Munn and Kate Harri, Psychologist Emeritus. 

Contributors include.articlesAnnastasia LambertCanada LifeChristine HildebrandDr. Ian M. F. ArnoldFrancois LegaultKate HarriM. Suzanne ArnoldManitoba Liquor and LotteriesMary Ann BayntonPublic Services Health and Safety AssociationSarvia CruzSherman KongTrinelle BrownWorkplace Strategies team 2022 to present

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