What to know, see and do about burn-out


Leadership & Efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Dan Steer

Trainings purpose & pitch

No-one starts a PhD to have a burn-out. But it happens a lot. What starts full of inspiration, motivation and positive energy can become a long journey, full of monsters: Free working hours become unbalanced time investment; focus turns to perfectionism, stress and worry; independent with long-term goals becomes isolated and stuck with no real feedback… In the world of PhDs, each individual is still more likely to NOT have a burn-out. But someone will.

The purpose of this training is to raise awareness of burn-out issues for PhD candidates, encouraging reflection, regular consciousness and positive (personal) action.

Training methods

Short pertinent theory including facts/statistics, definitions, best practices
Flipchart and PPT visuals
Story, cases and working examples - leading to tools and strategies
Using the reality of participants as way-in to learning, exercises and discussion


Session 1: What motivates people to give their best at work?

  • The link between “optimal stimulation” and “optimal output”
  • What are your own personal drivers?

Session 2 : What is burn-out? (And what is bore-out?)

  • Profiles at risk
  • Warning signals
  • How burn-out manifests itself? (Symptoms and results)

Session 3 : What is “not optimal stimulation”? (Specific ingredients that lead to burn-out)

  • Your circle of concern and circle of influence
  • Your role in prevention and reaction, for yourself and others

Session 4 : Which actions can you (not) take for yourself or others?

  • Session 4 brings together the elements seen in session 1 to 3, culminating in understanding + brainstorming of positive actions that can be taken to keep-incheck, prevent or remedy (the onset of) burnout

Time schedule

Dates (1 course = 4 sessions = 1 day)





ON CAMPUS (Campus Aula, Universiteitsstraat 8, Room 9.1)



ON CAMPUS (Campus Aula, Universiteitsstraat 8, Room 9.1)

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies.


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Your registration will be confirmed by separate email from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can ask to be added to the waiting list by sending an e-mail to . Please mention your ID student nr.

Teaching and learning material

References delivered after course = all flipcharts, PPT PDF, book links, studies and blogs

Number of participants

Maximum 16



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation