Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Implement a manual-based psychological group program aimed at teachers that focuses on their professional relationships. The manual was composed of five modules: (i) basic knowledge of stress physiology and the effects of interpersonal relationships on health parameters; Jacobson’s relaxation training; (ii) mental attitudes with particular respect to authenticity (being congruent with oneself) and identification with the professional role; (iii) competence in handling relationships with pupils; (iv) competence in handling relationships with parents; and (v) strengthening collegiality and social support among the staff (detecting and fending off splitting tendencies).

Study Results: Reduced emotional exhaustion, Increased personal accomplishment.

Reference: Unterbrink, T., Pfeifer, R., Krippeit, L., Zimmermann, L., Rose, U., Joos, A., … Bauer, J. (2012). Burnout and effort-reward imbalance improvement for teachers by a manual based group program. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 85(6), 667–674.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good