Stress Identification & Management

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
15/10/2019 13:00 17:00 Gaia/Lumen building: room Lumen 1 Linda Overeem 18 / 30 Registration ended at 07/10/2019

Course description

Many young academics are confronted with stress. Be it due to deadlines, failure of experiments, fear of failure and too high levels of perfectionism. However, although stress is quite a common phenomenon for PhD’s and post-docs, many do not even recognise the symptoms and as a result things can go from bad to worse. Hence, this afternoon workshop has been set up to:

  • Give insight what stress is
  • How it can be identified (what are the symptoms?)
  • How to deal with stress and/or how to avoid it
  • What one must do when stress has got the most of you 

The first part of the workshop will tackle these issues from a theoretical perspective. Accordingly participants are given the assignment to formulate stress in their own environment, how it can be tackled, given personal competences and skills. Based on one’s own situation, including ones strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, a personal stress (prevention) action plan is developed: Which initiatives and actions in one’s PhD are needed to take the lead of one’s PhD project, which steering options do you have?

This is tackled in smaller groups (4-6) in three steps:

  1. Identify tress reducing steps to take and formulate these in an action plan (issues-solutions-actions)
  2. This action plan is presented to the plenary group where groups can make additional suggestions
  3. Accordingly each participant makes his/her personal action plan and presents it to the sub-group which can suggest alterations/additions 

The personal action plan must be seen as a start to avoiding and tackling stress in the PhD project and personal life at large. After the training sub-groups are encouraged to meet again to discuss the progress of the personal action plan in monthly (lunch?) meetings (= intervision). In this way there is an additional incentive to implement the action plan and to keep it up to date.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates and postdocs
Group size: Max. 30 participants
Course duration: 13:00 - 17:00h
Language: English
Credit points: 0 ECTS
Self-study hours: 0
Name lecturer: Claudie van Dreumel-Klanderman
Venue: To be determined


13.00 - 14.00: Introduction

  • What is (work) stress?
  • How does one identify stress (based on some questions determining factors are identified)
  • What to do?
  • Plenary discussion, reactions and questions 

14.00 – 14.45:  The personal situation

  • Introspective analysis based on a questionnaire: how does one take care of oneself, how do you recognise/identify that you are stressed, which risks do you see?
  • Plenary reflection

14.45 – 15.00: Break

15.00 – 17.00 Make a stress prevention-action plan

  • Identify tress reducing steps to take and formulate these in an action plan (issues-solutions-actions)
  • Presentation of Group plans
  • Make an individual stress prevention plan and present this in sub-groups with feed-back from sub-group
  • Plenary synthesis and setting up of “intervision groups”

17.00 – 17.30 Closing and evaluation


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 0
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs € 50

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will not be charged a cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


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