Rational Thinking and Stress Management in Health Workers: A Psychoeducational Program

Talma Kushnir, Ruth Malkinson, Joseph Ribak

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The paper describes the rationale and contents of a graduate-level practicum on stress management. The course objective is consistent with the current call for improved training in psychological issues in medical education. Participants were 39 occupational health practitioners (physicians, industrial hygienists, nurses, and physiotherapists) in the Tel-Aviv University Medical School graduate program in occupational health. Twenty-five students in the same program who did not participate in the practicum were included as comparison subjects. The course was based on a cognitive-behavioral model (Rational-Emotive Behavior Training) developed by Ellis. The one-semester practicum aimed to reduce irrational/dysfunctional thinking patterns which are considered to be causal factors in stress etiology. Irrationality was significantly reduced by the end of the course and perceived psychosocial professional efficacy was increased. The improvements in such personal anti-stress resources may benefit health workers and clients alike. It is recommended to include such courses to the professional training of all health care practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • Irrational beliefs
  • Occupational health workers
  • Stress management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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