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International Seminar on Positive Occupational Health Psychology
A step forward …

Benicàsim, Castellón, Spain
April 24-26, 2008
WONT Research Team. Universitat Jaume I

*This seminar is generously supported by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science & Technology. Complementary Research Actions (Type A), 2007.


Research in occupational health psychology almost exclusively focused on ill-health and unwell-being instead of health and well-being. In a similar vein, in practice, occupational health psychology primarily focuses on fixing what is wrong, as opposed to developing what is right. In other words, despite its positive label, a negative approach to employee health and well-being prevails in occupational health psychology. For instance, a simple count reveals that over 90% of the articles in the leading Journal of Occupational Health Psychology concern ‘negative’ issues such as cardiovascular disease, labor accidents, burnout, workplace violence, work-home interference, bullying, and substance abuse. So it seems time for a change towards the positive.
Since the turn of the century, a new trend towards a ‘positive psychology’ has emerged that focuses on human strengths and optimal functioning, rather than on weakness and malfunctioning. The relevance of this trend is obvious for occupational health psychology because a radical shift in paradigm from a disease model towards a positive health model opens an entirely new and promising field of research including such topics as Personal Initiative (from Self-regulation theories), positive emotions at work (as opposed to job stress and job dissatisfaction), self-efficacy at work (as opposed to inefficacy and incompetence), flow and work engagement (as opposed to burnout and job strain) and the new promising theories such as COR Theory. Since it is very unlikely that the same mechanisms that underlie employee ill-health and malfunctioning constitute employee health and optimal functioning, the scientific challenge of occupational health psychology in the coming years is to uncover these ‘positive’ mechanisms.
In 2006, The Research Institute for Psychology & Health (P&H) (prof. Wilmar Schaufeli from Utrecht University in Netherlands) organized also a seminar where students, practitioners, researchers... from different parts of Europe and also South Africa, exchanged interests and research that is currently running on this topic. Current seminar will be as a follow-up to a way to share the new knowledge, research and applications of this amazing field in occupational psychology.
The aim of this seminar
·        To present an overview of the emerging field of positive occupational health psychology.
·        To present the theoretical frameworks and underlying processes that are involved in three ‘positive’ core concepts:
o       Work engagement
o       Self-efficacy at work
o       Personal Initiative at work
o       New Developments on the COR Theory
·        To discuss the recent advances made in the empirical study of these concepts and theory.
·        To discuss research methodologies, measurement issues, and practical applications of positive occupational health psychology.
Format of the seminar
Lectures in the morning and group work in the afternoon and on Saturday morning. Participants work in small groups on a research proposal. Throughout the seminar the faculty staff will also be available for individual consults regarding research in positive occupational health psychology.
Participants will present their research and/or their research ideas the first day on a poster format in an interactive session with active input from all participants and the teaching faculty.  Throughout the Seminar an emphasis will be placed on individual and group interaction with the distinguished faculty.  This will allow an unparelled opportunity for learning and making important research connections.
Who should attend this seminar
PhD students and junior researchers in the field of Psychology & Health, as well as PhD students and qualified junior researchers in related disciplines from elsewhere. As the number of participants will be limited to 25 to ensure an intensive exchange, places will be assigned on a ‘first subscription with abstract’ basis (see instructions for abstracts).

Wilmar Schaufeli is Full Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and former director of the Research Institute Psychology & Health. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Groningen and is well known for his seminal work on job burnout. Recently, his research interest shifted towards positive occupational health psychology, most notably the study of work engagement. In addition to numerous publications about (positive) occupational health psychology he has been actively involved in organizational consultancy and in psychotherapeutic treatment of burned-out employees. For more information, see: www.schaufeli.com.
Michael Frese is Full Professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. He is the former president of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). His research spans a wide range of basic and applied topics within work and organizational psychology. Most important are his longitudinal studies on psychological effects of unemployment, impact of stress at work, predictors of personal initiative in East Germany and psychological success factors in small scale entrepreneurs. His large scale field studies on errors and on shift work are also well known. In addition he is studying training - most importantly the concept of error training and psychological training for increasing entrepreneurship and personal initiative. He also studies cultural factors in organization and across nations. Recently, his research looks at more positive side based on the psychological success factors in entrepreneurs in developing countries and in Europe.
Stevan Hobfoll is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Kent State University and Director of the Applied Psychology Center and the Summa-KSU Center for the treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress (USA). Formerly at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, he has also been involved with the problem of stress in Israel. Dr. Hobfoll received special commendation for his research on The Psychology of Women and for his AIDS prevention programs with ethnic minority populations. He was co-chair of the American Psychological Association Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm, helping plan for the prevention of prolonged distress among military personnel and their families. His Conservation of the Resources Theory (COR Theory) is very well known. He maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant
Marisa Salanova is Full Professor of Work Psychology at Jaume I University, Spain, and director of the WoNT (Work and Organizational Network) Research Team at this University. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Valencia (Spain). Her research interests include job stress, burnout and engagement in different occupations and among students, self-efficacy at work and collective efficacy among groups, and positive organizational psychology. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

·        Scientific coordination: Director: Marisa Salanova, Assistant Director: Alma M. Rodríguez (Universitat Jaume I)
·        Scientific organization: WONT Research Team (Universitat Jaume I)
·        Technical and Administrative Organization: Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa.

The seminar will take place over a period of three days and will be in English. It will be organized in Benicàsim (Castellón, Spain) in the SPA Hotel El Palaciet, (more info in http://www.termasmarinas.com/eng/) located in the Mediterranean Coast in Castellón (between Barcelona and Valencia). The seminar starts on Thursday, April 24 at 10.00 a.m. It is advisable for foreign participants to arrive on Wednesday, April 23. Accommodation for the night preceding the seminar can be arranged upon request. The program will end on Saturday at 3 p.m. Participants will receive a certificate for their attendance at the seminar and poster presentation.



Scientific Programme

Thursday 24th April

 9:30 – 10h : Registration, hang up posters.
10 – 10:30h: Opening ceremony Chancellor of Universitat Jaume I.
10:30-11:30 h : Poster Presentations
11:30-12h: Coffee break
12-13:30h: Poster Presentations
13:30- 15h: Lunch
15-16:30h: Talk: Healthy people working in healthy organizations: an integrated perspective from Social Cognitive Theory   (Dra. Marisa Salanova, Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
16:30- 17 h: Coffee break
17-18:30h: Workshop (Dra. Marisa Salanova, Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
 21h: Welcome cocktail

Friday 25th April

10-11:30 h : Talk: Work Engagement (Dr. Wilmar Schaufeli, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
11:30-12h : Coffee break
12-13:30h: Workshop (Dr. Wilmar Schaufeli, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
13:30- 15h: Lunch
15-16:30h: Talk: Personal initiative and health - relationships and question marks (Dr. Michael Frese, University of Giessen, Germany)
16:30- 17 h : Coffee break
17-18:30h : Workshop (Dr. Michael Frese, University of Giessen, Germany)

Saturday 26th April

9:30-10:30 h : Talk: Work Can Burn Us Out or Fire Us Up: Conservation of Resources in the Activation and Fostering of Engagement (Dr. Stevan Hobfoll, Kent State University Ohio, USA)
10:30-11h : Coffee break
11-13h: Workshop (Dr. Stevan Hobfoll, Kent State University Ohio, USA)
13h-14h Closing ceremony and awards best posters.

 Registration fees.

  • PhD Students : 200€
  • Senior researchers, professionals and PhD: 300€ 

The fee includes: registration, coffee breaks, lunch for three days, book of abstracts and wellcome cocktail.


As places will be assigned on a ‘first subscription with abstract’basis, abstracts acceptation will be communicated immediately to the authors as soon as we receive their abstracts. Then authors can arrange the subscription to the seminar as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Abstract could be about research results as well as theoretical ideas about a research project.

Start on the first line within the form. Type the entire title in CAPITAL LETTERS. No exceed 15 words. Single-space between title and authors.
Start at the left margin. List all authors, including co-authors, along with affiliation. Use capitals and lower case. Single-space between authors and the first line of the abstract.
Indent each paragraph. Use capitals and lower case, single-spaced. Do not double-space between paragraphs within the abstract. Do not include tables, graphs, charts or references.
Start at the left margin. Using all capitals type: “CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:”. List full name, postal code, country and email. Do not exceed the margins as noted.
Please submit an electronic version of the abstract via email to Marisa.Salanova@uji.es and copy to Alma.Rodriguez@uji.es before the 6th of March.

Marisa Salanova, Ph.D., Eva Cifre, Ph.D., Universitat Jaume I, and Wilmar B. Schaufeli, Ph.D, Utrecht University
            250-300 words. Use large type (Times Roman preferred, 12-point) only. The title of the abstract should be short but descriptive. Start on the first line within the typing form. INDENT ALL TITLE LINE 1 ½” from the left margin. The title should be in CAPITAL letters. Double-space after the last title line.
            Include in your abstract: Introduction, objectives, methodology (sample, design, procedure), results and conclusion. Avoid including references as much as possible.
            Start the list of authors, co-authors, and affiliations at the left margin. Do not indent. In continuous lines, list each author and co-author with full first name, middle initial, last name, degree(s), and then the affiliation.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Marisa Salanova, Department of Psychology. Universitat Jaume I. Avda. Sos Baynat, s/n. 12017. Castellón, Spain. Email: Marisa.Salanova@uji.es

Poster Content

Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory and free you from answering obvious questions so that you are available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest. Successful posters are those which achieve both coverage and clarity.

Coverage: Have you provided all the obvious information?  Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material?  Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
In addition to a title/author label and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subjects, procedure, results and conclusions.  Ask yourself, “What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?,” and then state that information clearly.

Poster Format

Poster boards mounted on stands will be provided by APA.  Your place among the poster boards will be indicated next to your poster title in the Seminar site. Participants in the Thursday Morning session should plan to place their materials on the poster boards during the hour immediately preceding the session.  The materials will remain in the room during the entire seminar.

You should consider having at least 30 copies of your poster (or complete paper) available for interested persons.  Copies of your paper and all illustrative materials must be prepared BEFORE the seminar.  Projection equipment will be provided in the poster session room just in case participants consider necessary in order to illustrate the presentation. 


The poster board surface area is approximately 4' high and 6' wide.  Prepare a label indicating (a) the title of your paper and (b) the author(s) for the top of your poster space.  The lettering for this section should not be less than 1" high.  A copy of your abstract (300 words or less), in large typescript, should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board.  Do not mount your materials on heavy board because these may be difficult to keep in position on the poster board.
Bear in mind that your poster will be viewed from distances of 3' or more.  All lettering should be at least 3/8" high, preferably in a bold font.  Be sure to provide clear labels for each section of your presentation.
Each presenter will have 2 minutes to present the poster to the rest of participants. Questions of each one will be on 3 minutes more.

How to arrive
From Valencia Airport:

1) Take the underground from the airport to the "Estación del Norte" rail way station of Valencia (stop at Xàtiva).
2) Take a short distance train ("Cercanias") to Castellón.
3a) There will be a regular pick up service to the Conference hotels. Please provide your arriving details to the organizers or
3b) there are regular buses or taxis to Benicasim.

From Barcelona Airport:

1) Take the short distance train ("Cercanias") to "Estación de Sants" rail way station of Barcelona.
2) Take a long distance train ("Euromed") to Castellón.
3a) There will be a regular pick up service to the Conference hotels. Please provide your arriving details to the organizers or
3b) there are regular buses or taxis to Benicasim.

From Madrid Airport:

1) Take the metro to "Atocha" rail way station of Madrid.
2) Take a long distance train ("Alaris") to Castellón.
3a) There will be a regular pick up service to the Conference hotels. Please provide your arriving details to the organizers or
3b) there are regular buses or taxis to Benicasim.



The hotel is located 40 metres from the Mediterranean shore in a privileged area where the 19th century villas, one frequented by Ernest Hemingway, are situated. This area has also been the setting for many Spanish films. Termas Marinas “El Palasiet”, a family run hotel, is famous for its charming Spa centre and wonderful hospitality. The water quality, the mild Mediterranean climate, the infinite possibilities for leisure, gastronomy, and a highly professional service make this place a perfect destination for your holidays. The Hotel was completely refurbished in 2002.

Termas Marinas « El Palasiet » combines marine water therapies (see description of treatments) with elements like mud or seaweed, or other treatments like massages and electrotherapy. Everything is under strict medical control.
Termas Marinas “El Palasiet” has 74 fully equipped rooms with terrace, air conditioning, heating, ceiling fan, mini-bar, safe, hi-fi, satellite television. The noble areas include a cafe bar, restaurant, social room, television room, cafe-terrace with beautiful views of the sea, 20,000 m2 of gardens and Mediterranean forest, parking, inside thermal swimming-pool, and open air infinity swimming-pool, gymnasium, sauna, vaporarium, spa, whirlpools, pressure steam and cervical showers, vichy showers, massages rooms, mud treatment rooms, aesthetic rooms and electrotherapy department. Special treatments include a four hand massage and massages with aromatherapy. There is also a beauty treatment centre.

WEB PAGE: http://www.termasmarinas.com/index.asp



The deadline for sending the abstracts has extended to the 6th of March of 2008.





Located 300 m. from the beach, its 68 rooms are all equipped with full bathrooms, central heating, telephone, TV and balcony. The hotel also has a comfortable lunge, bar, television room, swimming pool and open-air bar in the summer, with surrounding gardens, a children's playground, parking, lawn bowling and a paddleball court. Family atmoshpere



WEBPAGE: http://www.hotelvistalegre.com/areas/el_hotel.htm



Something about us…..:
Built in 1930, the Voramar hotel is one of the few hotels which still retains the character of the old colonial villas

A picturesque building with a quiet, elegant atmosphere which takes you back to the peaceful lifestyle..
Because of its age, it has been renovated on several occasions, it has 58 rooms full in suite bathrooms, air conditioning, telephone, satelite tv, safe deposit and wide balconies with magnificent views.

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*IMPORTANT*Participants that would like to accomodate in Hotel El Palasiet have to book through the organization of the Seminar in order to get the special price. Participants will have to notify it to the organization (alma.rodriguez@psi.uji.es) before 19th of March.


Habitación con Vistas al Mar ( ROOMS WITH SEA VIEWS):

Doble de uso individual 66 DOUBLE ROOM INDIVIDUAL USE
 Doble 45 DOUBLE Doble 
para 3 personas 37 DOUBLE FOR 3 PERSONS 
Doble para 4 pax 32 DOUBLE 4 PERSONS

Habitación con vistas a la montaña (ROOMS WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS):

Doble de uso individual 59 DOUBLE ROOM INDIVIDUAL USE Doble 39 DOUBLE Doble para 3 personas 33 DOUBLE FOR 3 PERSONS Doble para 4 pax 28 DOUBLE FOR 4 PERSONS

Habitación sin vistas ( ROOMS WITHOUT VIEWS) Individual 51 INDIVIDUAL Doble 33 DOUBLE Doble para 3 personas 29 DOUBLE FOR 3 PERSONS Suite( 501/502) 200/234


Pensión Completa (Por Persona) FULL BOARD (PER PERSON) IN DOUBLE ROOM 47EU En Habitación Doble 47 € Pensión Completa (Por Persona) En Habitación Individual 52,5 € FULL BOARD (PER PERSON) IN INDIVIDUAL ROOM Media Pensión (Por Persona) HALF BOARD (PER PERSON) IN DOUBLE ROOM En Habitación Doble 41,5 € Media Pensión (Por Persona) En Habitación Individual. 47 €HALF BOARD (PER PERSON) IN INDIVIDUAL ROOM

Habitación Doble 49 € DOUBLE ROOM

Habitación Individual 30 € INDIVIDUAL ROOM Habitación Doble Uso Individual 39 € DOUBLE ROOM INDIVIDUAL USE Comida O Cena 13,5 € LUNCH OR DINNER Desayuno 3,5 € BREAKFAST I.V.A No Incluido. TAXES NOT INCLUDED

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