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Stress Management – coping with stress reviewed


Title: Stress Management - coping with stress.
Publisher: Xebec McGraw-Hill in conjunction with BBC for Business
Price: ring 0800 585889 for details or e-mail [email protected]
Format: CD-ROM + workbook

This package comes with full installation instructions, requiring the use of a floppy disc for setup and then the CD-ROM whenever the programme is actually run. The setup process was simple and straightforward. There is also an option to print out further copies of the workbook, one of which is provided in the pack.

Having entered my personal details, I was invited to take an initial questionnaire to see which parts of the course would be of most benefit to me. I was then guided to the relevant sections. There are four main modules; Short-term coping strategies, Long-term coping strategies, Your attitude to stress and Dealing with stress in others. The modules vary in length from about 15 minutes to complete to 75 minutes. One disadvantage I found was that it isn’t easy to start a module and then stop halfway through, the workbook implies that this is possible so I think that I didn’t read the instructions properly!

The modules are clear and well thought out. The advice given is typical of that covered in most stress management courses – relaxation, assertiveness, time management and positive thinking as well as things like physical exercise and diet. There are video clips throughout and a case study based around ‘Barder Books’ which has a new publication due out, a Book Fair to prepare for and are in negotiations about a takeover by ‘Halston Press’. The case studies helped to put learning into context and were followed by a mini questionnaire where the answers were then covered in greater detail – especially if you got some wrong. There are some Mastery quizzes available to reinforce learning points having completed a module.

I personally find the slow measured pace of interactive media frustrating, but providing either your organisation is used to using interactive learning techniques I would recommend adding this title to your shortlist.

Stress Management - coping with stress was reviewed by Matthew Simkin, Training and Development Officer, The Science Museum, London.


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