Mental Health

Mental Health03.09.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Tue)TUM Graduate School: Boltzmannstraße 17, 85748, Garching bei München, Room 102Judith Bergner
Indicators for mental health, for depression („burn out“), self- awareness, self-organization, self-motivation, self-calming, prevent mental exhaustion, dealing with the impostor syndrome, foster mental resilience
Course Description: 

Participants will understand the psychological dynamics leading to mental exhaustion. They also will develop strategies to maintain a motivated, joyful work-life without neglecting difficult circumstances. They will discover how to take care of themselves and manage emotions in order to foster mental strength/ resilience. Also, they will be equipped with methods to “stay on top” when tasks, demands and duties seem to be overwhelming. They will learn how to maintain confidence when results are sometimes lacking. Exercises will make it easy to put empirical research into practical experience. All exercises are easy to transfer into daily routines. 

Course aims: 
  • Competence to manage emotions wisely: establish a sense of coherence i.e. satisfaction, meaning and confidence with (work- ) life
  • Competence to organise self (including tasks, to do´s and duties) with ease
  • Competence to maintain motivation and joy in (work-) life, including the ability to deal with setbacks 
Teaching methods: 

Presentation of empirical research, Self-reflection, Self-management techniques (e.g. Julius Kuhl, Daniel Kahneman, Gabriele Oettingen), Mental exercises (e.g.: “activating inner resources”)

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

At the beginning of the doctorate │ during the doctorate

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What participants say about this course: 
  • Very open and warm-hearted, trusting atmosphere.
  • The interaction between the trainer and the other students with exchange of experiences. Good examples. Suggested methodologies were presented clearly. Overall well done.
  • The atmosphere was welcoming and kind, lots of practical exercises and ideas to take home, very well tailored to the needs of doctoral candidates.
  • Overall, I really enjoyed the course and the teaching methods (good balance between theory and group work/ discussion).
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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In Präsenz
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20 Euro
Judith Bergner

Having been a single mom and a self-employed business consultant, Judith Bergner was forced to take care of herself responsibly in order to be a good mother, a successful consultant and a happy human being. Having learned a lot about mental strength from private experience, she studied scientific research about the issue with great interest. She enjoys the opportunity to design and deliver a course on the topic and to support doctoral candidates to stay confident, strong, and healthy during challenging times.