Many researchers find the stress of academia challenging. After all, researchers tend to taste failure more often than success in their day-to-day experiments. Constantly thinking about your research (especially outside of working hours), the pressure to publish and the uncertainty about the next position are likely some of the factors that make researchers more prone to mental health conditions than other professional groups.
Therefore, it is crucial to equip researchers with the skills to build personal resilience to deal with stress and setbacks constructively. Different from what many people believe, resilience is a skill that anyone can learn. This workshop provides the tools and techniques that will teach you sustainable, resilience-building habits.
In this 9-week online program you are invited to learn strategies to cope with stress and pressure and how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health. You will be able to create emotional self-awareness, develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure and learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself.
- Starting Date: Monday, 19 September 2022 (the workshop ends on 18 November 2022)
- Duration: weekly 2-hour live sessions on 9 consecutive Mondays, 16:00-18:00h (Exception to course schedule: session on Monday, 3 Oct will take place on Tuesday, 4 Oct 16-18h due to the German National Holiday!)
- Time required: approx. 3-4 hours each week (incl. attendance of the weekly workshops) – Please set aside 1 hour in the week before the course (12-16 Sept 2022) to complete the onboarding process
- Target group: Postdoctoral scientist and PhD students who would like to learn techniques to better cope with stress (at work)
- Further information: https://mindmatters.pro/researchers/resilience-training/
- Registration: To register please send an e-mail to email@example.com, including a short motivation statement and your commitment to complete the course. The registration deadline is 9 September 2022!
This program consists of several components – weekly virtual workshops of 90 min each, a member’s area where you can access recordings of the workshops, workbooks and templates to help you implement the techniques and an online community to interact with the trainers and participants outside of the weekly live sessions.
Before the start of the program, you will take the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI), a validated psychometric designed to determine your current level of resilience across 6 domains and provide you with insights on how to build up your resilience quickly.
In the first virtual workshop, you will learn about resilience and how it relates to stress, performance and wellbeing. You will also understand how to interpret your PRI results and how to think about resilience holistically.
During each of the following weeks, we will explore a different aspect of resilience. We will share insights from recent research and evidence-based strategies for you to practice and implement. While your PRI scores will inform you on the aspects of resilience for you to focus on, each week will provide you with actionable exercises to help you take it to the next level. The recordings of the workshops will be available in the members area for a total of four months, so you can refresh if and when needed.
Over the 9 weeks, you will also interact with other participants and the trainers (Nadine and Paul) inside a private social media community. This is where you can exchange ideas, share your experiences and progress with your peers.
In week 9 you will retake the PRI. Using the insights from the workshop, you will be able to understand where you made progress and which aspects to focus on going forward to keep on building your resilience.
Please note, that this workshop cannot replace a therapy. If you already are suffering from severe mental health problems, we strongly recommend to seek for professional help. If you have a diagnosed mental health condition, please consult with your physician ahead of registering for this program.
This training is for you if you can attend all nine live workshops, are willing to explore what’s driving your mental health with a curious and open mind, are ready to roll up your sleeves to work with the tools and techniques and willing to engage/interact with the trainers and your peers on these topics.
This training is not for you if you are just looking for information on resilience, cannot take the time to attend the workshops and implement the techniques, or are unwilling to discuss topics around mental health openly and submit the weekly assignments in the private training community.
Please note that this is a training and not a substitute for treatment by a mental health professional.
Dr. Nadine Sinclair is a trusted advisor to corporate and academic leaders and one of the Managing Directors of Mind Matters. Before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, she was a project manager with McKinsey & Company. A scientist by training and at heart, she conducted her doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. In her work as a neuroleadership expert, she uses her scientific mind to bridge the gap between science and business practices using the latest insights from neuroscience and behavioural economics to create breakthroughs for her clients.
Paul Sinclair is one of the Managing Directors of Mind Matters. He is passionate about helping high-achievers transform their resilience, emotional intelligence and leadership style to become more authentic leaders of themselves and others. He has trained with Gabor Maté – one of the most renowned and sought after experts in trauma therapy, addiction and the link between emotional stress and physical illness. Building on his past experiences as a top athlete, member of an elite military unit, recovering addict, and successful entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to change your brain and transform ingrained patterns of thought, feelings and behaviour.