Recent studies suggest that PhD students suffer mental health issues at alarming levels—around six times the level of the general population—issues which impact not only productivity and program outcomes but also the long-term well-being of the developing researcher.
Research centers have begun to address the issue, but it resists a simple policy solution. Indeed, the issue of mental health and well-being in PhD programs has the characteristics of a “wicked problem”. For example, it lacks a definitive solution, every problem is unique, it can be explained in a number of ways, and it is tightly intertwined with a number of interconnected systems, also undergoing immense change.
In light of these challenges, this workshop takes a collaborative, action-oriented approach to generate awareness and empower predoctoral researchers to challenge the systems around them in constructive, skillful ways. Based on methods developed in psychology, organizational studies, and design thinking, we will explore the events, patterns, structures, and assumptions that cause distress and hinder learning during doctoral study. Participants will gain increased awareness of the complexity of the issue and propose their own solution in a hands-on, supportive setting.
Duration: 1-2.5 hours
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