Do you want to manage stress better? Do you want to be more resilient as you navigate your training experience and the ups and downs of your research, career exploration, applications, and relationships? Are you mentoring others and want to do a better job supporting their growth and development?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, the “Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series” is for you. This virtual series hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural training (OITE) is open to students and postdocs outside of the NIH. The series consists of the five webinar which highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers, as a mentee and as a current/future mentor:

Unit 1. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness
Unit 2. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears
Unit 3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists
Unit 4. Developing Feedback Resilience
Unit 5. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

Please visit our website for information on the dates and times of each webinar which can be watched live or at a later time. One week after each webinar, we will host groups where you can discuss the materials with peers. There are two types of discussion group – drop-in and cohort. The general drop-in discussion groups will meet Thursdays from 3-4 pm ET, and the cohort groups, will meet Thursdays from 2-3 pm ET. Note your campus may also be hosting a group, so watch out for information from leadership there.

Cohort groups allow you to meet each time with the same people. We will host separate cohort groups for undergraduate/postbacs, graduate students, postdocs/research fellows/ clinical fellows, and medical/ other professional students. We will also offer a group specifically for neurodiverse trainees. This group will focus on the application and integration of the material for those who are neurodiverse. In this group, we will ask for confidentiality from members to ensure safety. If you are neurodiverse and you do not want to join this specific group, you are also welcomed to join the general groups listed above. If you are interested in being part of a set cohort group to experience the series together and discuss the five topics, please sign up here.

While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Data shows that trainees who attended most of the Becoming the Resilient Scientist series felt that they have become more resilient and were better able to handle stress and conflict in their lives. You can see information about the full series and register for the webinars here.