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Resilient Researcher workshops are specifically tailored to meet the needs of your research cohort and institution’s requirements.

Workshops are typically 3 hours in duration or can be combined into full day programs.

Some of the most popular workshops are listed below. Alternative workshops can also be designed upon request. 

Psychological Health

Getting started on the right foot


This workshop focusses on managing issues which may be impactful during the initial months of your research degree. Attendees will identify preventative strategies and pro-active steps to enhance the initial research experience and facilitate a positive research experience. 

Workshop Components

  • Exploring expectations of the research program

  • Identifying strategies to manage common issues e.g., uncertainty, time management, supervisors

  • Clarifying information and support available during the research program

  • Developing goal setting and action planning skills to facilitate progression.

Being a resilient researcher

Managing stress and looking after ourselves are key components of being resilient during difficult times. This workshop focusses on positive psychological and practical ways to maintain resilience and wellbeing throughout the research degree. 

Workshop Components

  • Exploring issues impacting on psychological wellbeing and performance during the research degree

  • Developing an understanding of anxiety and stress and skills to manage effectively

  • Identifying self-care activities and support networks

  • Building strategies to optimise performance.

Thinking resiliently as a researcher

Unhelpful thought patterns impact on psychological wellbeing and may impede research progression. This workshop explores negative thought patterns and highlights skills to think resiliently and positively. 


Workshop Components

  • Recognising cognitive processes and identifying unhelpful thought patterns e.g., imposter syndrome

  • Practicing skills such as, evidence and perspective taking, to modify reactions to issues

  • Identifying strengths and values to build self-confidence in abilities and increase motivation

  • Creating a framework for thinking positively, confidently and resiliently throughout the research degree and beyond.

Maintaining the balance

Are you juggling multiple activities during your research degree and in general life? Do you find it difficult to look after yourself? This workshop focusses on strategies to keep your balance in order to function as effectively as possible.

 Workshop Components

  • Exploring the impact of multiple demands impact on psychological wellbeing and research progression

  • Identifying strategies to maintain self-care, research progression and life balance

  • Developing an understanding of positive psychology principles relating to resilience

  • Commencing an action plan facilitating a balanced life.

Communication & Relationship Building

Communicating positively


Do you experience communication difficulties or misunderstandings with your peers or supervisor? Can you speak assertively to deliver clear messages and maintain relationships? Are you aware of your conflict style and how respond to issues effectively? In this workshop you will develop skills to communicate positively with others.

 Workshop Components

  • Recognising personal factors impacting on your communication with others

  • Developing an understanding of communication styles and assertive communication strategies

  • Identifying your conflict resolution style and conflict management skills

  • Practicing clear messaging to facilitate positive communication and relationships.

The emotionally intelligent researcher


Emotional intelligence (EI) - the ability to understand ourselves and others – is central to career and personal success. In this workshop we will explore the five key principles of emotional intelligence to improve our functioning and our ability to build stronger working relationships. 


 Workshop Components

  • Developing an understanding of the key components of emotional intelligence

  • Using EI principles to enhance research performance

  • Identifying practical strategies for communicating effectively in your research relationships

  • Building a stronger self-understanding and an awareness of how to modify behaviour to optimise interactions with others.

Spreading the word (presenting & networking)


Do you experience discomfort at the thought of presenting your research at conferences? Does the idea of forming connections a.k.a. networking make you quake?  Mastering these activities is vital for creating a positive research experience and post PhD future.


 Workshop Components

  • Understanding the psychological barriers associated with presenting and/or networking

  • Identifying strategies to work within your capabilities

  • Preparing to communicate effectively e.g., networking topics, answering difficult questions

  • Practicing networking and communication skills.

Building connections (networking only)

Do you think networking is a dirty word? Building connections, or networking, skills is a key component for creating potential research collaborations and future career options. In this workshop we explore and identify strategies to enable you to feel more comfortable with networking. 


Workshop Components

  • Managing anxiety and building confidence

  • Understanding how to adapt your communication style according to the situation and context

  • Practicing skills in ‘small talk’ 

  • Identifying how to connect, and maintain contact, with people.

Career Shaping & Development

Understanding your skills

Are you aware of the skills you are developing/ have developed during your research degree? Do you know what skills are valued by employers? Can you articulate your skills so that employers will understand why you will be a benefit to them? This workshop will answer those questions and more!

 Workshop Components

  • Identify skills you have developed/ are developing during your research degree

  • Understand how to articulate your skills to academic and non-academic employers

  • Identify opportunities and strategies to facilitate ongoing skills building

Creating career opportunities


Are you aware of the how to access the 'hidden' job market? Do you know what you can do now to start creating your career on completion of your research degree? This workshop focusses on identifying activities you can improve employability prospects at the end of your research degree. This workshop includes:


Workshop Components

  • Explore the ‘hidden’ job market and how to access it

  • Identified strategies to connect with potential future employers

  • Commenced an action plan to facilitate your career development

Mastering your resume & selection criteria


Your application documents are often the first information a potential employer receives about you. Thus, it is important to be able to effectively prepare your resume and to respond to selection criteria. This workshop will assist you to master writing application documents. 


Workshop Components

  • Preparing application documents for academic and non-academic positions

  • Highlighting your skills and benefits to employers

  • Receiving feedback on your current resume and practiced responding to a selection criterion

  • Identifying strategies to overcome resistance (if any) to application processes

Interview know-how

Do you feel anxious at the prospect of an interview? Are you aware of different interview questions and how to respond? Being able to maintain your calm, present yourself confidently and express your attributes are key to successful interviews. This workshop includes:


Workshop Components

  • Understanding different interview styles and questions

  • How to respond effectively to questions

  • Strategies to manage anxiety prior to and during the interview

  • Preparation and follow-up tips

PhD progression

Managing the gap

While submitting your dissertation is an exciting time, it can also be a period of uncertainty and loss of direction. This workshop focusses on assisting you to identify potential activities you can undertake to maintain your psychological wellbeing and develop your career during this period. This workshop includes:

Workshop Components​

  • Identifying common adjustment issues post-submission

  • Strategies to build and maintain positive psychological wellbeing

  • Career development activities e.g., updating resume, job search strategies

  • Preparing to responding to comments, submitting thesis and graduation

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