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.
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.
The group therapy will take place on: 17/11, 01/12, 15/12, 12/01, 26/01, 09/02, 08/03
It consists of 1 individual intake session and8 group sessions. 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.
This group will physically take place in BRUCC, room C004.
Trainer:Geert Schelkensis a licensed clinical psychologist and supervisor in BRUCC
A few weeks before the start of the training, you will be contacted by the trainer to schedule an intake.