RESILIENCE TRAINING FOR RESEARCHERS
Utilize evidence - based strategies and techniques to build your personal resilience to increase your mental wellbeing and happiness to meet the demands of career in research
2023 classes starting on
Feb 6 & Sep 18
Technology is continuing to transform our lives at an ever-increasing pace. Work places are becoming more demanding both mentally and intellectually. Entire industries are finding themselves at a tipping point with a need to reinvent the way they operate and innovate. At the same time the world around us is increasingly getting volatile - economically, politically, and socially.
The pace of change is increasing, and it is easy to forget that the way our brains operate has remained the same.
A career in academia has always been challenging. After all, researchers tend to taste failure more often than success over the course of their careers. Add to that the pressure to spend long hours in the lab (be it explicit or implicit), the subtle (or not so subtle) bullying that is unfortunately still commonplace in many places in academia, the publish-or-perish imperative and the unfavourable odds of securing tenure.
It does not come as a surprise that researchers are more prone to suffer from mental health conditions than many other professional groups. Echoed by numerous other studies, in the 2019 Wellcome Trust Mental Health survey, 1 in 2 researchers admitted to having or actively seeking professional help for their mental health.
Publications do not guarantee tenure. A successful career does not guarantee happiness. Even if we find our work deeply rewarding, the demands of a research career can easily make us feel trapped inside our own lives.
Maybe you find yourself repeatedly burning the midnight oil in the lab. Maybe an exhaustion has set in that weekends and holidays are no longer able to alleviate. Maybe you feel torn between the expectations you place on the contribution you want to make to your field of research and, spending more time with family and friends. Maybe you want something bigger for your life, but you cannot see how your day-to-day experience takes you any closer to your goals.
IS THIS HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE?
We get it. We've been there. Now - after having helped people improve their mental wellbeing for many years - we know that there is a different way of working and being.
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You can do it too! You don’t have to accept that this is what life in academia is like
Imagine, if ...
Yes, you can do it!
Will it be an overnight transformation? No, of course not. Changing your behavioural patterns and routines takes more than a single workshop. It's a journey that will take effort and dedication. Resilience is not an innate trait. It's a new skillset that you can develop and this takes time. The good news is that you don't have to figure it out all by yourself. For 9 weeks we will guide and mentor you through this process.
3 REASONS WHY BUILDING YOUR RESILIENCE SHOULD BE A PRIORITY FOR you
1. IMPROVE WELLBEING
Especially at the start of a research career, it can be tempting to put ourselves last to get the job done. However, mental wellbeing is at the core of who we are as human beings and can only be ignored at our peril. Our research projects can be a source of purpose, passion and energy or can become a source of stress, anxiety and exhaustion. We can literally make a hell out of heaven unless we wake up to the reality of the situation. Prioritizing our wellbeing is a choice, and it's us who are ultimately responsible for ourselves.
2. REDUCE STRESS AND FRUSTRATION
Most of us consistently overestimate the medium- and long-term impact of positive and negative significant events. However, it is primarily our day-to-day experience that shapes our happiness and wellbeing. "In research, we are often taught by our supervisors to chase the big thing. Unfortunately, the big thing does not come around that often. On the contrary, the negative results are more frequent. This creates so much frustration." shared one of our participants after the training. "Resilience is important to understand that failure is how research projects progress for most researchers. Failed experiments do not mean that you are not good enough. It only means that you are a researcher experiencing the reality of research." Learning to celebrate and appreciate the seemingly small daily things and putting setbacks into perspective allows us to find meaning and joy in our lives.
3. BUILD BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
At the heart of mutually supportive relationships is conflict resolution. Learning to take a step back and manage conflicts and disagreements more effectively is one of the most critical aspects of developing resilience. Spending long hours in the lab under pressure surrounded by colleagues who are also stressed is very common in academia. As researchers, we tend to focus on the "facts" as we perceive them when conflicts arise whilst completely ignoring the human elements. We cannot change the behaviour of our colleagues, but we can learn to change the way we are allowing their behaviour to affect us.
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT THE TRAINING
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SUCCESS STORIES FROM OUR PARTICIPANTS
I'm proud that I prioritized my mental and physical health in the last 9 weeks and that I put in the work to fully attend this seminar, because I believe that change for the better is possible.
Most important for me is the fact that I enjoy my work a lot more than I did 9 weeks ago. This is not only helpful for my productivity, but also increases my overall happiness.
The changes I am most proud of is the active way I have been identifying and working through deeply rooted ways of thinking. Changing the way I think about myself has been the most rewarding.
I started meditating around week 4 and I've been doing morning meditations every day for over a month now - which is something that I've been wanting to do for a long time, but never actually managed to keep up!
WHAT IS Resilience Training?
Advances in neuroscience are rapidly changing our understanding of our brain: how it adapts to change and in response to our past and present experiences, how we respond to stress and how we recover from setbacks. The Resilience Training for Researcher is a structured, 9-week group coaching journey that applies these insights to a personal development context.
We start with establishing a baseline, using the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI), a scientifically-validated psychometric assessment that measures your current level of resilience across six domains: Health, Purpose, Problem-Solving, Perseverance, Composure and Relationships.
From here, we will embark on a 9-week training journey to help you build resilience systematically. The Resilience Training uses a combination of weekly interactive group workshops, workbooks guiding you step-by-step through the techniques, personal feedback in a private training community and, if needed, a 1-on-1 SOS call with Paul to support you in difficult times.
THE 9-WEEK RESILIENCE TRAINING AT-A-GLANCE
PERSONAL RESILIENCE INDICATOR
Measure your current level of resilience with our scientifically-validated resilience psychometric
Learn how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health
Uncover your limiting Core Beliefs that subconsciously drive your thoughts and behaviours
Create emotional self-awareness and develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure
Discover what gives you meaning and a sense of direction in life
Learn how to maximize your ability to solve problems and to create insights
Learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself
Understand how to use your intuition and trust to build mutually supportive relationships
Measure your progress with the Personal Resilience Indicator and build your personal resilience game plan
HOW DOES IT WORK
PERSONAL RESILIENCE INDICATOR
Measure your current level of resilience with our state-of-the-art resilience psychometric
Weekly Live workshops
Learn how to build your resilience in 9 weekly workshops. Interact virtually with researchers from other institutes.
Review recordings from the live workshops and work through the exercises in the workbooks at your own pace.
Join our private training community, ask questions, interact and share your assignments
Book a 1-on-1 SOS session with Paul to help you push through challenges when you're struggling.
2022 classes starting on
Feb 7 & Sep 19
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT THE TRAINING
DR. NADINE SINCLAIR
Nadine 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.
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Paul 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 Dr 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 as a successful entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to change your brain and transform ingrained patterns of thought, feelings and behaviour.
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MORE SUCCESS STORIES FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
I usually have a good "gut feeling" about things, but I wasn't very good in reading it. I am now allowing myself the time to take a step back to identify the issue, and to counteract it. This has worked well in several situations now, and I am proud of having improved my (self-) emotional literacy.
I think the most significant thing that I can mention is that most of us are struggling in some way, and just because things might look shiny from the outside, it does not mean that things are easy for those that seem to have shiny sailboats.
I thought before that my struggles only happened to me, but I realized how much we have in common. Especially the feeling of being unworthy is so common amongst us all. I have found how other people have learned to make peace with their conflicts and struggles very motivating.
I was surprised how easy it was during the breakout rooms to talk about very private problems, anxieties etc. I would never talk to strangers like this, but it seems that it is enough to collectively put down our 'masks' to start to trust others...
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Resilience Training different from a 2-day workshop?
A 2-day workshop is a great way to get an introduction to stress management. However, after the workshop you’re on your own to apply the techniques and build new habits. In our experience this is where people struggle. This is why we designed the Resilience Training as an implementation training, i.e. it does not only teach you the techniques (just like in a 2-day workshop), but also guides you step-by-step through the implementation. The weekly virtual workshops and The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) are great opportunities for you to interact with your trainers and other researchers, get all your questions answered and receive actionable feedback on the weekly assignments.
How long is the Resilience Training?
The program runs for 9 consecutive weeks. Each Monday afternoon (16:00-18:00 CET), we kick off the week with a live 2-hr workshop centered around one aspect of resilience. For each week there are workbooks and templates to guide you through the implementation of the techniques. You will also be supported in The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) throughout the week. While the training takes 9 weeks to complete, you will have access to the content and the recordings of the workshops for 4 full months.
How is the Resilience Training different from other courses online?
The Resilience Training for Researchers focuses on both learning and doing: each workshop teaches you the principles and techniques and allows you to digest the information at your own pace during the week. The workbooks and templates guide you through the implementation of the techniques. The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) is where you can get all your questions answered, receive feedback on your assignments and learn from the other participants.
Is this training a form of therapy?
No. As the name suggests, this is a training course. While some techniques may be similar to some techniques used in therapeutic approaches, this course is neither therapy, nor a substitute for therapy or other medical treatments.
Can I participate in the Resilience Training while in therapy?
If you’re currently working with a mental health professional, psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatrist, counsellor or similar, please discuss your participation in the Resilience Training ahead of signing up.
Do I have to buy any software to complete the Resilience Training?
You will not require software to complete the program. We are strong believers in pragmatic, hands-on approaches rather than locking you in a particular software package or trying to sell you an app. You can apply all of the concepts using pen and paper. Where appropriate we will provide you with recommendations for apps or additional resources that you can explore.
What format is the training delivered in?
Once you signed the course agreement you will have access to our members area. A short series of videos will give you an overview of the training and how to make the most out of the 9 weeks. You will also find the workbooks, information on your assignments, the recordings of the live workshops and further resources in the members area.
During the weekly live workshops and inside The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) you can get your questions answered, receive feedback on your assignments and learn from the other participants.
What do I need to prepare for the first workshop?
We kick off the training with the first virtual Monday workshop from 16:00-18:00 CET (Berlin time). You will receive the registration details together with your welcome email. The workshops are interactive sessions with breakouts, so it’s important that you have both a working camera on your device and an audio connection. You can also use a phone dial-in, if you don’t have a microphone on your device. You can find the details in the confirmation email.
Before the first workshop, we will ask you to view a short series of videos that will give you an overview of the training and how to make the most out of the 9 weeks. You will also receive the link to the Personal Resilience Indicator, our proprietary Resilience psychometric. It’s important that you complete the assessment within the deadline, so that you receive the report with your scores in time for the first workshop.
What is the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI)?
The Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI) is our proprietary resilience psychometric. We’re quite proud of it as it’s the most comprehensive, independently validated resilience assessment currently available. Not only does it integrate the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology, it is the only resilience assessment that does not only measure the status quo but also provides the granularity needed to build resilience quickly. The PRI takes the form of an online self-assessment with 64 questions that takes approximately 10-15 min to complete. It provides actionable insights across 12 subdomains, each representing a distinct construct that can be improved by targeted practice. We developed it together with expert guidance from neuroscientists, psychologists, executive coaches, and mental health professionals. The PRI also passed independent validation by a renown psychometric expert.
Where is your private community hosted?
The private community for the Resilience Training is hosted on a private platform called Tribe. You do need to register with our community to join. You will receive an email invitation after you signed the course agreement.
Will you ship anything to me?
No. Everything you need to complete the training is accessed in the members area online and inside The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training).
Can I access the full training materials all at once?
No. The content of each week builds on the principles of the previous weeks. The workbooks for the coming week will be unlocked on Thursday evening each week. This way you have enough time to print out the workbook ahead of the workshop. Don’t worry, you will be able to watch the recordings of the workshops again in the members area.
How much time does it take every week?
Each Monday we’ll meet for a 2-hr virtual workshop from 16:00-18:00 CET (Berlin time). The workbook for each week will guide you through the exercise bit by bit in your own time. Each week you will be asked to complete assignments in the Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) and you will receive personal feedback on your assignments from your trainers provided you complete them on time. The total amount of time spent depends on your situation and willingness to apply the techniques. Most of our past participants spent between 3-4 hours each week to attend the workshop and practice the techniques.
How much support will I get?
The Resilience Training will teach you the principles of building resilience and guide you step-by-step through implementation. It’s only natural that you may have questions as you are applying the techniques. So we have set up a support system to make sure you can get help quickly. For the nine weeks of the training you will have access to The Seminar room, which is the private community exclusively for participants of the training. It’s a great place to get help from your trainers and to learn from the other participants and tutors. If you are struggling, you will have the opportunity to book in a one-time SOS-call, a private coaching session with Paul.
What happens after I sign up?
Once you signed up and signed the Course Agreement, you will receive a welcome email with your access details to the members area, an email from Zoom with your workshop registration details, an email with an invitation to join The Seminar Room (a private community for the participants of the training) and guidance on the next steps to get you started.
Will I get credits towards my degree?
If you signed up for the Resilience Training via your university, you may be eligible for credits. Please check with the program coordinator at your institution. To receive credits you need attend the weekly live workshops, take the Personal Resilience Indicator (our proprietary Resilience psychometric) and complete the weekly assignments in the Seminar Room. If you have signed up privately, you will need to check with your program coordinator if they will grant you credits for completion of the program.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a certificate upon completion of the training. The certificate will be sent to you by email once you completed all course requirements within the deadline.
How do the virtual live workshops work?
The weekly live workshops are delivered via Zoom video conference each Monday from 16:00-18:00 CET (Berlin time). This is also an opportunity to get your questions answered and interact with the other participants and the tutors! You will receive the Zoom registration details together with your welcome email.
What if I can’t make the live workshops?
The live workshops are the most important part of the training and attendance is a pre-requisite for receiving the official course certificate and/ or credits. If you signed up privately, you can miss one workshop and still receive the certificate as long as you watch the recording of the session. If you signed up via your institution, please check with your course coordinator if you are still eligible to receive a certificate and/ or credits if you miss a workshop. That said, all live workshops will be recorded and you can watch the recording at any time in the members area.
How long do I have access to the content?
The training runs 9 weeks, but you will receive access to the content and the recordings of the workshops for 4 months (from the start of the training), so that you have plenty of time to revisit the content later on if and when needed.
Could I just find this information for free online?
You can find just about anything online these days. Does this mean it’s actually valuable and help you make changes? That’s a question that only you can answer.