“Power through your Doctoral Studies” – Stress Management Study and Seminar

All doctoral students at the University of Bonn are invited to participate in this intervention study. Involving attendance of a target-group specific stress management seminar, the initiative aims to use the findings of the study to set up and run a long-term stress management seminar for doctoral students at the University of Bonn.
Help yourself and help build an empowering and health-promoting environment for doctoral students at the University of Bonn. 

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Seminar

Do you know what your stressors are? How can I manage and protect myself from stress? These and other issues are addressed in the stress management seminar.

The preventive stress management program “Power through your doctoral studies” is tailored to your specific needs as a doctoral student and is designed to help you deal with potential stress factors in a healthy and productive manner.

The five seminar blocks focus on teaching a broad repertoire of stress management strategies (e.g. mental stress management and optimizing time and learning management) and on encouraging participants to reflect on and share experiences. The seminar also provides an insight into various relaxation techniques and breathing and physical exercises. The sessions are conceived as four-hour training units (incl. pauses).

The seminar seeks to provide guidance during your doctoral studies and enable you to integrate the behaviors learned in the course into your everyday life.

The intervention period of the study has ended. We are currently in the final data collection stage and will then begin data evaluation & analysis.

You can register for the (control group) seminar here

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Study

This intervention study seeks to for the first time evaluate the long-term impact of the “Power through your doctoral studies” stress management program.

Consisting of an intervention and a control group, the study includes three tests for both groups during the course of the study. Participants are required to answer a number of questions from a psychological survey (remote completion time ca. 45 minutes) and are subject to a 30-minute in-person stress level analysis.

Participants are assigned to the intervention and control groups randomly, which meet at different times (see the list below). Participants in the control group are given the opportunity to visit the seminar at the end of the study.
Participants will receive €50.00 for their participation.

Further information about the study and its scientific background is available here.

Target Group

Doctoral students studying at the University of Bonn

Certificate

The seminar is part of the "Doctorate Plus" certificate program run by the Bonn Graduate Center

  • Track: Research
  • Accredited work units: 20

Seminar Location

Alte Sternwarte,
Poppelsdorfer Alle 47,
53115 Bonn,
Room: Lyra

Language

English & German

Please choose the correct language stream

Seminar Contents

  • Stress during the doctoral dissertation project
  • Protecting yourself from stress
  • The right attitude is key
  • Successful stress management
  • My path through the doctorate

Locations

Stesslevel analysis:
Nachtigallenweg 86
53127 Bonn-Venusberg

Questionnaires:
To be completed beforehand online at home

Payment

€50 following completion of the study

Trainer

Janice Williamson
(Dipl. Psychologist & Systemic Coach)

Project Management

Charlotte Henschen
Dr. Manuela Preuß

Seminar and Test Period for Intervention and Control Groups

01.

First course (May 01 – July 22, 2022)

  • Max Participants:
    12 people
  • Registration deadline:
    Feb 20, 2022 (group allocation will follow)
  • Dates:
    March 14/28; April 04/11/25, 2022
  • Group 1:
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: English
  • Group 2:
    Afternoons (1 pm - 5 pm)
    Language: German

Participants of the control group can also attend one of the seminars after the end of the study.

  • Group 1 (digital format):
    Dates:
    Oct 14/ 21; Nov 04/18/25, 2022
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: German
  • Group 2 (in-person-event):
    Dates:
    Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: English
  • Group 3 (in-person-event):
    Dates:
    Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
    Afternoons (1 pm - 5 pm)
    Language: German

Max participants: 12 people

Please see the Notes on Registration.

* This session will take place online.

  • Pre-Test: (2 weeks beforehand)
    03/01 —03/11/2022
  • Post-Test: (2 weeks afterwards)
    04/25 —05/06/2022
  • Follow-Up: (3 months later)
    07/11 —07/22/2022

The actual test days are arranged by individual appointment.

02.

Second course (April 18—Sep 02, 2022)

  • Max Participants:
    12 persons
  • Registration deadline:
    April 03, 2022 (group allocation will follow)
  • Dates:
    April 29; May 06/13/20*/27, 2022
  • Group 3:
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: English

*This session takes place 1 pm—5 pm online

Participants of the control group can also attend one of the seminars after the end of the study.

  • Group 1 (digital format):
    Dates:
    Oct 14/ 21; Nov 04/18/25, 2022
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: German
  • Group 2 (in-person-event):
    Dates:
    Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
    Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
    Language: English
  • Group 3 (in-person-event):
    Dates:
    Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
    Afternoons (1 pm - 5 pm)
    Language: German

Max participants: 12 people

Please see the Notes on Registration.

* This session will take place online.

  • Pre-Test: (2 weeks beforehand)
    04/18—04/29/2022
  • Post-Test: (2 weeks afterwards)
    05/30/22—06/10/2022
  • Follow-Up: (3 months later)
    08/22/2022—09/02/2022

The actual test days are arranged by individual appointment.

03.

Third course (May 09—Sep 24, 2022)

    • Max Participants:
      12 persons
    • Registration deadline:
      April 24, 2022 (group allocation will follow)
    • Dates:
      May 23/30; June 13/20/27, 2022
    • Group 4:
      Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
      Language: German
    • Group 5:
      Afternoon (1 pm - 5 p.m.)
      Language: English

    Participants of the control group can also attend one of the seminars after the end of the study.

    • Group 1 (digital format):
      Dates:
      Oct 14/ 21; Nov 04/18/25, 2022
      Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
      Language: German
    • Group 2 (in-person-event):
      Dates:
      Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
      Mornings (8 am - 12 pm)
      Language: English
    • Group 3 (in-person-event):
      Dates:
      Oct 17/24/31; Nov 07* and 14, 2022
      Afternoons (1 pm - 5 pm)
      Language: German

    Max participants: 12 people

    Please see the Notes on Registration.

    * This session will take place online.

    • Pre-Test: (2 weeks beforehand)
      05/09—05/13/2022
    • Post-Test: (2 weeks afterwards)
      06/27—07/07/2022
    • Follow-Up: (3 months later)
      09/12—09/24/2022

    The actual test days are arranged by individual appointment.

    Current Status of the Study

    The intervention period of the study has ended.
    We are currently in the final data collection stage and will then begin data evaluation & analysis.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No. Healthy Campus Bonn will cover the costs that arise. In addition, there is an expense allowance of €50 for full participation.

    Yes, if an event is fully booked, we will put you on the waiting list. You will be moved up if a place becomes available in time before the event starts.

    If you need childcare during an event, please contact the family office of the University of Bonn. Family office of the University of Bonn.5
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    Charlotte Henschen

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    Healthy Study Coordinator

    +49 228 73-68773

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