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Peercoaching - find new solutions with your peers

Peercoaching at the Donders InstitutePeercoaching is one of our sustainable science programmes. You can experience how you will learn from your peers, further develop yourself and obtain a closer connection to colleagues within the Donders Institute.

You can sign up either as peer or facilitator:
-As a peer you will be an active part of the discussion how you and your peers can find new ways of dealing with challenges.
-As a facilitator you play and active part in leading these conversations and making sure the peer groups gets most out of their meeting.

We have opened the registration again, please use the form below if you'd like to join.

See below for more information

What is peercoaching?
Peercoaching is a solution-oriented coaching technique in which 8-10 peers (people at the same point in their career as you are) help each other during structured meetings. A facilitator (you can become one!) makes sure that a safe environment is created where everybody can share his/her thoughts and suggestions. It is open to people from all levels (from CNS master students to professors, from secretaries to managing directors). Whatever you struggle with at work you can discuss here (e.g. How do I cope with expectations from my Supervisor? How can I offer the PhD candidate what she/he needs? How to deal with a high workload?)

Why should I sign up
... as a peer? Sometimes you might get stuck in a certain situation. Peercoaching is a great opportunity to get a different viewpoint on your challenges and to find new ways of dealing with them. Often others have ideas you have not thought of yet. You might also recognise yourself in the challenges of others and benefit from their experiences.
PhD candidates participating as peer in the peercoaching program get a maximum of 14 hours (0.5 ECTS) per year, up to a maximum of 56 hours in total (2 ECTS) for the Graduate School Certificate. Attendance for meetings will be registered and used to credit the hours. Only if PhD candidates attend a minimum of 5 meetings per year they will be able to list peercoaching for the Graduate School Certificate.
... as a facilitator? You get the chance to improve your communication skills in a special training and help the participants to get the most out of their peer group meetings. You make peercoaching work and you will receive a certificate for following the training (0.5 ECTS for PhD candidates).
PhD candidates who participate as facilitator are allowed to count an extra 14 hours per year, up to a total of 84 hours (3ECTS), if they follow the required training sessions and follow-up meetings with the other facilitators.

What do I need to do?
Joining the peercoaching is of course voluntary. However, we would like to emphasise that if you intend to make this a success, you should fully commit yourself to the programme.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Femke Maij and/or Annemiek Barsingerhorn (