Donders Institute peercoaching programme

Through our Peercoaching programme, peers help each other find solutions for the daily struggles they have in common. Everyone active at the Donders Institute can participate, from CNS master students to professors, from secretaries to managing directors. You can discuss any struggle you experience at work, for example: 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?

Peer group meetings

During structured group meetings, 8-10 peers discuss their experiences and struggles, and help each other find solutions. A facilitator makes sure that a safe environment is created where everybody can share their thoughts and suggestions. You will be grouped with peers at the same stage in their career at the Donders Institute.

Becoming a peer

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. Peercoaching is a great opportunity to get a different viewpoint on your challenges and to find new ways of dealing with them. You might also recognise yourself in the challenges of others and benefit from their experiences.

Peer as a PhD candidate

PhD candidates participating as peer in the peercoaching programme get a maximum of 14 hours (0.5 ECTS) per year, up to a maximum of 56 hours in total (2 ECTS) towards their Graduate School Certificate. If PhD candidates attend a minimum of 5 meetings per year they will be able to list peercoaching for the Graduate School Certificate. Attendance for meetings will be registered and used to credit the hours.

Becoming a facilitator

As a facilitator you play and active part in leading the discussions and making sure the peer groups gets most out of their meeting. A special training is offered to facilitators to improve their communication skills and help the peers to get the most out of their meetings. You will receive a certificate for following the training.

Facilitator as a PhD candidate

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.

Sign up for the Peercoaching programme

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Please do not hesitate to contact us:

peercoaching [at] (peercoaching[at]donders[dot]ru[dot]nl)