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Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: III. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

Workshop/Seminar: Personal Development; Wellness
Jul 08, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Speaker(s): Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

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We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors.


Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (9 weeks)

Navigating school, the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of national/international news can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. Through workshops and group discussions in this series, we will work to identify attitudes and behaviors that can help us be more resilient as we navigate difficult situations in school, work and life. Each workshop will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for success in research and healthcare careers and will provide strategies for developing these competencies as part of your educational journey. While you may participate in any of webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. The five workshops and four group discussions in the series are:

Week 1 – 6/9/2020: I. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness (NOTE: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN MOVED TO A TUESDAY!)

Week 2 – 6/17/2020: Group Discussion 1

Week 3 – 6/24/2020: II. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

Week 4 – 7/1/2020: Group Discussion 2

Week 5 – 7/8/2020: III. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

Week 6 – 7/15/2020: Group Discussion 3

Week 7 – 7/22/2020: IV. Feedback Resilience

Week 8 – 7/29/2020: Group Discussion 4

Week 9 – 8/12/2020: V. Building Mentor Networks

To request sign language interpreters or CART Services, you can contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180 or by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or by submitting a request online. If you have other, disability-related accommodation requests for this event, please contact Dr. Laura Marler at Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the Event.