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Training and workshops for staff

Staff development is important to promoting the well-being of both students and staff at Leiden University. Following training and workshops can be a good way to gain knowledge beyond your field of expertise.

Training on student well-being 

It is important that staff who support students are alert to warning signs in students and know how to start a conversation and refer them to other services if necessary. Student and Educational Affairs (SEA) and Student Support Services offer training in ‘conversation techniques’ and ‘studying with a disability’, for instance. The range of training in conversation skills and coaching will increase shortly. If you are interested, please contact Sonja Wagenaar.

New Heroes Academy 

Leiden University staff can participate in New Heroes Academy. This offers both online and blended (a combination of online and classroom learning) skills training, as well as coaching. An overview of the full range of training can be downloaded here. You do not need a budget or permission from your manager to follow these courses and coaching.  

Gezonde Boel

Gezonde Boel is a platform for unguided e-health for students and offers over 100 self-help modules. These modules have been developed around relevant themes in student life. For example: dealing with money, using too much social media, worrying and planning and structure. 

The modules are free of charge for students of Leiden University and can be followed anonymously. Students log in to the Gezonde Boel platform.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is one of the University’s core values. For more information and training on how to promote an inclusive work and study environment, see the Diversity and Inclusion Expertise Office.

Online suicide prevention training

The 113 organisation offers free online training (in Dutch) on how to approach conversations in which students say they are thinking of suicide. The training consists of three lessons: identify the signs, talk about it and seek help together. Alongside the online training, 113 has a free, anonymous app that you can download from the App Store and Google Play Store. The app provides information and more interaction than the online training programme. 

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