Introduction to Historical Researcher Wellbeing

Gain the professional skills and competencies to improve wellbeing and self-care for researchers (for historians or similar professions)

Wellbeing for Historian Researchers

Introduction to Historical Researcher Wellbeing



Researcher wellbeing is under intense pressure. Exposure to sensitive and emotionally challenging research material, demands from employers, funders and even the wider public can all contribute to long-lasting mental and physical health concerns for researchers.

Through this course, you will gain an insight into the psychological phenomenon that contribute to issues such as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and occupational stress. While studying, you will find cross discipline research interwoven with practical techniques for working positive wellbeing and self-care into research techniques and daily routines. This includes learning from therapeutic safeguards for oral history research.

By the end of the course, you will have a greater appreciation for both the theory and practical steps needed to greater protect your own health as well as those you may manage. For a background into how we have helped universities and researchers with the impact of challenging research, see our joint Wellbeing Guidelines produced with the University of Bristol.  

As with all courses from the School of Applied Mental Health, you will complete a learning pathway that is accessible, modern and connected to the needs of those who seek better wellbeing at work. Our modern society is changing rapidly, and we are here to ensure your professionals skills can match these needs.

The course provides approximately 2 hours of training (plus optional resources in addition).


Course Structure

Split into 4 learning modules, each covers a number of competencies:

Course Structure list for Self Care Mental Health CPD - Module 1 Understand, Module 2, Overcome, Module 3, Implement, Module 4, Course Summary


Each of the modules is broken down into manageable sections, so you can pick up and leave the course to fit around your other commitments, whether home or work. Please note, this course is currently under development and due to be released late 2021, further details are available on request and the course is open for expressions of interest. 


Who is it for?

We have designed the course for career researchers specialising in history, especially those who work with challenging or sensitive topics. Those within similar research or curator roles may also find benefits in completing the learning. 

The course is suitable for a full range of staff from early career through to senior managers staff looking to better understand the topic for their staff and wider faculties. 

If you need a course specifically tailored to your own organisation, or you want to understand more about the course, please get in touch with us via our Contact Us page.

Entry Requirements

To attend this course, you will likely either be working as a researcher (for an organisation or independently) or be interested in understanding and improving your organisations approach to research and curatorial staff wellbeing.  While this course is designed for historians, other disciplines may find the content helpful. 


How do I apply?

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for this course, which is in development. Please click the button below to speak to us about this course.



When is this course available?

Our courses are all online and designed to be completed at your own pace. You can start whenever you want and you have 3 months to complete your learning (although if you believe you may struggle to do so, do get in touch with us and we can discuss options).

This course is currently open for expressions of interest.


Cost & Location

As an online course this CPD can be studied anywhere and does not require face to face attendance (just your computer and a good internet connection).

The course, and cost, are currently in development. Organisational discount may be available, please contact us for more information.


Does your institution need bespoke advice?

We work closely with organisations to develop training policy and bespoke staff courses. Our online courses can be tailored to suit research specialisms. Get in touch with us now to discuss your needs.

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