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Happiness Ahoy – Strengthened and healthy through the doctoral thesis

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Berlin University Alliance | Modul IV: Mental Health/Resilienz

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Do you have the feeling of being constantly tense, sometimes unable to cope with problems and no longer experiencing any fun in your daily work? A doctorate means more than just writing the dissertation. The pressure to perform and the degree of personal responsibility are high. Do you sometimes not know how to deal with tension and pressure without being overwhelmed? What can you do to experience the doctoral phase in a healthy, even joyful way?

This module has a small but fine repertoire of creative methods from Positive Psychology and Happiness Research, MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) and Resilience Coaching. It enables you to better deal with doctoral-related stress, strengthens your psychological resilience and supports you in dealing appropriately with the various challenges in the doctoral phase and in maintaining your mental health.


This online workshop supports doctoral students in strengthening their resilience and thus their own inner stability. Together you will work on your personal productive mindset by strengthening your resources and developing helpful perspectives. Their own development potential is strengthened in order to master challenges more calmly and to achieve their own goals.

The core of the module is a two-day online retreat in which you learn how to assess symptoms and effectively prevent the development of crises. A specially developed 3-week online format with in-depth assignments following the exam is designed to guarantee that your insights from the online exam are also implemented in your everyday doctoral work. A follow-up workshop at the end of the 3-week consolidation phase serves as a final reflection.


  • Identify and develop own energy sources and resources
  • Setting up structure, creating rituals and establish good habits
  • Mindset work: recognize and change destructive thinking patterns
  • Setting work-life boundaries
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion in difficult times, dealing with self-doubts
  • Take action and successfully counter procrastination
  • Social support: Using solidarity and networking
  • Dealing with unsolvable problems


      We would like to give you a look at your own resources, strengths and potentials in short impulse lectures, with creative and varied methods. In the shared exchange of experiences, further helpful hints for dealing with challenges in everyday university life will certainly come to light. The deepening phase of this training gives you the opportunity to independently try out further approaches in the long-term deepening phase. Max. Number of participants: 16

      Relaxation exercises and meditations, a weekly half-hour meeting (in the deepening phase), accompanying peer groups, deepening tasks and a closed online room for the participants for (supervised and) joint exchange complete the offer.

      After the two-day online workshop, it is important to actively work on the tasks in order to deepen what has been learned through reflection and exercises. The required weekly time commitment is about 1 hour. Experience shows that the tasks bring relaxation and pleasure, and you may voluntarily invest more time in them! Reflection takes place together in the subsequent Follow Up.

      Target Group: doctoral candidates (all disciplines) within the Berlin University Alliance.


      Participation is self-dependent and requires normal psychological resilience.
      The course contains coaching parts and is used for self-awareness and self-development.



      Wed, 11.05.2022, 9:30am-5:30pm
      Thur, 12.05.2022,
      Follow up: Wed
      , 15.06.2022, 2:00pm-5:00pm
      2,5 days, 25 working units à 45 min
      Classroom meeting
      Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Ihnestrasse 16-20, 14195 Berlin
      Anna Haas, Taiya Mikisch
      Course language
      For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
      Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.

      For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact .

      In case of any organizational questions please contact .


      Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

      Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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