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Stress Inoculation Training

Stress Inoculation Training

Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured approach designed to help individuals develop resilience and manage stress. It equips individuals with skills to handle stress before it becomes overwhelming. Stress Inoculation Training addresses a range of stress-related issues, such as chronic stress and anxiety.

Understanding SIT

SIT involves a series of phases that teach individuals how to deal with stress. It includes education about stress, skill acquisition for managing stress, and application of these skills in real-life situations. The approach is flexible and can be tailored to various stressors. It was developed by psychologist Donald Meichenbaum and involves preparing individuals to face stressors.

Process of SIT

The process of Stress Inoculation Training involves three main stages:

  1. Education: Learning about the nature of stress and its effects.
  2. Skill Acquisition: Developing skills to manage stress, such as relaxation methods, cognitive restructuring, and problem-solving.
  3. Application: Practicing these skills in increasingly stressful scenarios to build confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of Stress Inoculation Training?
The goal of SIT is to prepare individuals to handle stress by equipping them with coping skills that can be used in real-life stressful situations.
Who can benefit from SIT?
Anyone experiencing stress or anxiety, or wanting to build resilience against stressors can benefit from SIT. It is often used in clinical settings but can be beneficial for the general population as well.
How long does SIT take to help?
The duration of SIT can vary, but it typically involves multiple sessions over several weeks. The level of success depends on the individual’s engagement and the specific stressors being addressed.


  1. Stress Inoculation Training: A Preventative and Treatment Approach
  2. American Psychological Association: Stress Inoculation Training
  3. Meichenbaum, D. (1985). Stress Inoculation Training. Pergamon Press.
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision