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Psychological challenges for PhD candidates - BRUCC

maandag, 7 oktober, 2019 - 14:30 to vrijdag, 20 december, 2019 - 01:00
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roup sessions: Psychological challenges for PhD candidates 


International research (e.g. Stecker, 2004) shows a heightened risk for psychological symptoms and mental stress for PhD candidates. Also, in the VUB psychological wellbeing survey several VUB PhD candidates indicated that they perceive a lot of mental stress due to their work and show heightened risk for psychological distress. Therefore, the VUB doctoral schools developed together with BRUCC a special program targeting psychological challenges for VUB PhD candidates.  


A short-term group therapy consisting of 8 sessions specifically for PhD candidates was developed by Chris Noorduin, psychologist and psychotherapist at the Brussels University Consultation Center.  


The group therapy will be semi-structured. Some aspects will be introduced by the therapist, such as the psychological and social difficulties that might arise while working and living in a foreign country, how to cope with high demands, social isolation, stress, the pressures of deadlines and perfectionism... These themes will be introduced by the therapist, but the content of the sessions can be adjusted to the specific needs of the group. During the group sessions we will work on sharing experiences and finding tools to deal with these complex situations. 


Language: English 


Practical: The group therapy will take place on Mondays from 12h30-14h. 

2019: 7/10; 14/10; 21/10; 26/10; 4/11; 18/11; 25/11; 2/12 

 It consists of 1 individual intake session and 8 group sessions (6-8 participants). The process of each individual is strongly enhanced by the process of the group as a whole. It is therefore necessary to follow all sessions.  


Trainer: Chris Noorduin is a licensed clinical psychologist and supervisor in BRUCC