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Managing emotions and expectations in Phd research

This workshop will focus on the expectations and challenges postgraduate study presents for researchers. Through experiential and didactic teaching, participants will be helped to reflect on their current well-being and identify any personal /academic /mental health challenges they may have. The roles of supervisor and supervisee will be explored and develop strategies to maximise this relationship. The workshop will also offer skills in stress management and resources to support researchers personally through their academic experience.


 markMark Robinson joined the Trinity College Dublin Student Counselling Service in 2011. He attained a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, both through Trinity College Dublin. Prior to studying psychology, he studied economics and philosophy to degree level. He meets with students for individual counselling, facilitates workshops and groups and is currently co-ordinating all training requests made to the SCS. This involves writing, developing and delivering trainings on such topics as supporting students in distress, self-care and resilience and perfectionism. He has gained experience working therapeutically with people of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds and across a wide variety of settings. Mark practices as an integrative therapist drawing on humanistic, emotion-focused, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural frameworks. He has a particular interest in how we make meaning of our experiences of painful emotion.