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Personal development

Academic resilience

Working in an academic environment is not always easy and sometimes stress-inducing. This workshop will help you develop your academic resilience, providing skills to help you pursue your goals even in challenging circumstances.

Target group
PhD candidate
Kick Moors  (Trainer and coach)
Training course

Please note: dates for 2021 will be announced soon ­


Working in an academic environment is challenging and sometimes stress-inducing due to many factors, such as the uncertainty of research results, time pressure and the nature of a high level and specialistic study. In order to pursue your goals despite all these circumstances, it is important to get to know yourself well and learn how to interact with your environment. The combination of your, talents and a well-developed personal skill set will allow you to remain motivated and positive, and as such creates the pathway to academic success. 

This workshop helps you identify your basic motivation, stressful events, your responses to these, and your coping strategies. Developing your academic resilience will allow you to respond more effectively to change, setbacks, and unexpected events which are common in a research environment. One key component in developing your academic resilience is practicing mindfulness, which you will practice under guidance of a mindfulness trainer. In this workshop you will start developing your personal PhD tool kit in a small group (6 participants at most). This tool kit will help you navigate the challenging PhD journey. 

At the end of the workshop you will formulate a S.M.A.R.T goal to increase your resilience where you can work on in the weeks after the course in your daily (academic) live. We will discuss together the progress that you have made in achieving your goal in a two hours comeback session.  

Kick Moors will help you understand what your talents and skills are, how you interact with the environment, how to recognize stressful events, and what coping strategies you can apply. He has been a PhD coach and trainer for many years and is eager to help PhD candidates navigate the PhD journey. Marleen Zwetsloot is owner of “the flexible mind”, which introduces individuals to mindfulness with a down-to-earth approach. Her goal is to make people happier and healthier by helping them make small changes to their awareness in their day-to-day lives.  


Topics include: 

  • Identifying stressful events
  • Getting to know your talents and personal skills
  • Your interaction with the environment
  • Coping strategies such as mindfulness

What you'll learn

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify your personal talents and skills
  • Recognise your interaction with the environment
  • Recognise the characteristics of stressful events and your reaction to them
  • Implement coping strategies to navigate the challenging academic environment


This course alternates theory and practise.


The work load amounts to 6 hours. Workshop (4) and a comeback session (2) hours.

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