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

Course Introduction


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 helping leading UK universities has led us to see the very real impact this has on researcher’s lives and this training course is a practical response to help both researchers and departments to address the issue.

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. 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.  

The course provides approximately a half day 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. 


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.

Entry Requirements

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?

If you are ready to start your training, click the link below and get started. Once you have purchased the course, you will be able to access this via our online course platform. Our courses are all online and designed to be completed at your own pace. You can start whenever you want and you have three months to complete your learning once you have enrolled.



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). Priced at £75 it is provides approx a half day learning but can be completed in sections at your own pace. 



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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