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Workshop: Getting your PhD but keeping your sanity

As part of the PhD seminars, and resulting in a demand from some students, we are hosting a first Workhop supporting "mental well-being" by students, as a complement to the activities during the 7th PhD workshop (April 4th). This first workshop is offered by Scientists Dating Forum.

Registration required using this form.

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Getting your PhD but keeping your sanity. April 4th. 15:30h - 17:00h

Learning Objectives:

-        Increased awareness of typical threats to well-being in carrying out PhD research and what to do about them

-        Development of complex problem-solving skills

-        Practical strategies for positively dealing with threats to well-being encountered in the PhD

 

Abstract:

Recent studies suggest that PhD students suffer a mental health issues at alarming levels—around six times the level of the general population—issues which impact not only productivity and program outcomes but also the long-term well-being of the developing researcher.

Research centers have begun to address the issue, but it resists a simple policy solution. Indeed, the issue of mental health and well-being in PhD programs has the characteristics of a “wicked problem”. For example, it lacks a definitive solution, every problem is unique, it can be explained in a number of ways, and it tightly intertwined with a number of interconnected systems, also experiencing issues.

In light of these challenges, this workshop takes a collaborative, action-oriented approach to generate awareness and empower PhD students. Based on methods developed in psychology, organizational studies, and design thinking, it provides a means of understanding and addressing the challenges PhD students face in a way that allows for the variety of forms these are likely to take.

Participants will gain increased awareness of the complexity of the issue and propose their own solution in a hands-on, supportive setting.

 

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Location: Sala Ca l'Aranyó