Thinking Resiliently as a Researcher

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CHELT Seminar Room 1.08, Building 10T1

Ellery Crescent

Acton, ACT 2601

Australia

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Thinking Resiliently as a Researcher

Many Higher Degree Research candidates struggle with critical or self-doubting thoughts, such as the imposter syndrome, or they may focus on negatives rather than positives particularly when following feedback or setbacks in their research program. These thought patterns undermine resilience and delay research progression by

- heightening stress and anxiety throughout the research degree

- creating uncertainty and doubt, particularly in the pre-confirmation and pre-submission periods

- eroding confidence in skills and abilities and reducing motivation to complete the tasks of the research program and to write effectively and

- impacting on relationships with supervisors, peers, potential employers and collaborators.

This workshop aims to enable attendees to build a resilient thinking style by developing skills and strategies to think positively throughout the research degree. By understanding strengths and practicing resilient thinking, HDR’s can overcome challenges they may face during their research degree, such as disappointment following a journal article rejection, in order to enhance their overall research experience and promote timely completion.

During this workshop participants will engage in discussion and activities to build a resilient thinking style. Content includes

- Understanding cognitive processes and identifying unhelpful thought patterns e.g., imposter syndrome, which may impede research progression

- Practicing skills such as evidence and perspective-taking, externalisation and defusion strategies to

  • manage disappointments and self-doubt following research setbacks
  • enhance supervisory relationships by addressing issues such as personalisation following feedback
  • promote objective evidence-based thinking to overcome self-critical thoughts

- Identifying strengths and values to build self-confidence in abilities and focus to complete the research program

- Creating a framework for thinking positively, confidently and resiliently throughout the research degree and beyond.

Dr Shari Walsh

Dr Shari Walsh is an experienced psychologist and career development practitioner who utilises a holistic approach when working with clients. Shari is highly skilled in individual counselling, couples counselling, group workshops and seminars, and project work. Shari has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a PhD in Psychology from the Queensland University of Technology. She has worked as a psychology teacher, tutor, researcher, mentor, counsellor and career development practitioner.

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If you have any questions, please contact the ANU Research Skills and Training team on researchtraining@anu.edu.au

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CHELT Seminar Room 1.08, Building 10T1

Ellery Crescent

Acton, ACT 2601

Australia

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