The workshop series Mental Health Toolkit for Early Career Researchers pursues two goals: On the one hand, we hope to outreach to as many early career researchers as possible to create awareness of mental health challenges in academia. On the other hand, we aim to provide individualized tools for their research and wellbeing. The crucial difference from other workshops targeting mental health in academia is our peer-to-peer approach. First, we as trainers know the struggles many early career researchers face through our academic work. Second, we encourage our participants to share their academic experiences and the solutions they created to encourage and motivate others.
The workshop series is divided into four parts: Firstly, participants learn about the current mental health status of early career researchers as well as the most prevalent mental health problems during the PhD time. In addition, different exercises concerning one's own vision and values to ultimately define work- and life-related goals are provided. In the second part of the workshop series, the focus is on identifying own strengths and resources crucial to being resilient in stressful situations. The third and fourth parts of the workshop series allow participants to dive deeper into their working habits and core beliefs, followed by exercises targeting impostor feelings and procrastination. The workshop series is especially suitable for early career researchers (e.g., doctoral candidates and post-docs), but everybody is welcome!
Dates and Timetable
Module 1: November 9, 2022, 4-5:30 pm
Module 2: November 16, 2022, 4-5:30 pm
Module 3: November 23, 2022, 4-5:30 pm
Module 4: November 30, 2022, 4-5:30 pm
Diese Workshop-Reihe wird veranstaltet vom Steuerkreis Gesundheit der Universität Potsdam in Kooperation mit der Potsdam Graduate School.
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Katharina Bögl is a psychologist and doctoral candidate at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (graduate school of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Her work focuses on how to access mental states from a psychological perspective. Besides her work as a researcher, she also works with children / adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and is a psychotherapist in training (cognitive behavioral therapy). Together with Sandra Naumann, she is a co-founder of Scholar Minds – a Berlin based initiative for promoting awareness and resources on mental health in ECRs.
Sandra Naumann is a psychologist and PhD researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (graduate school of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) targeting both Psychology and Neuroscience. In addition, she is a psychotherapist in training targeting systemic therapy and works in an ambulatory healthcare center. She also worked at a mental health startup which creates digital intervention for different mental health disorders. Together with Katharina Bögl, she is a co-founder of Scholar Minds.