Introduction to Historical Researcher Wellbeing
Gain the professional skills and competencies to improve wellbeing and self-care for researchers (for historians or similar professions)
Introduction to Historical Researcher Wellbeing
Researcher wellbeing is under intense pressure, now more than ever. 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. Our work alongside leading UK universities has led us to see the very real impact this has on researcher’s lives and this course is a practical response to help both researchers and departments to address the issue. 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 and our blog with History Workshop.
Through this CPD training, you will gain an insight into the psychological phenomenon that contribute to issues such as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and occupational stress. In particular, it applies many of the lessons learnt by the counselling and mental health professions into a historical researcher perspective. You will find this cross discipline research interwoven with practical techniques such as incorporating therapeutic safeguards into oral history research and overcoming common self-care barriers.
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 supervise.
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 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).
Split into 4 learning modules, each covers a number of competencies:
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 Feb 22, 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, academic 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.
To attend this course, you will likely either be working as a researcher (for an organisation or independently), training to join the role (at PhD or Masters level) or be interested in understanding and improving organisational approaches to researcher and curatorial staff welfare. While this course is designed for historians, other disciplines may find the content helpful.
There is no pre-requisite training requirement for this learning.
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 is 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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