Self-leadership for Occupational Therapy Researchers

Tuesday 7th November 2017



An opportunity to press pause and invest in yourself.


Aimed specifically at occupational therapy researchers this one-day interactive workshop is designed to move away from a focus on ‘doing’ research and shift the lens onto the experience of ‘being’ a researcher. The day will utilise a range of coaching techniques to provide the opportunity for you to explore and develop a number of self-leadership skills.  The sessions are designed specifically with researchers in mind to challenge you to connect with and live the values that brought you into research, tap into your inner resources, and build your confidence.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to develop strategies to support you in areas such as combating procrastination and self-doubt, working from a strengths based perspective and increasing your visibility. By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Be more aware of what you can take responsibility for in your research experience and strategies to put what you learn into action
  • Develop some basic self-coaching tools applicable throughout your research, and which also add to your employability skills portfolio
  • Commit to put learning into practice through key actions identified.

The workshop is relevant to researchers at all stages of their career.


The workshop is facilitated by Dr Lynne Goodacre (an occupational therapist) and Dr Will Medd, both of whom are experienced researchers and certified professional coaches. Lynne and Will have extensive experience of supporting the development of health researchers from academic and clinical backgrounds. They are passionate about the role of coaching in supporting researchers to work in a way which is aligned to their values, priorities and aspirations.


9.00 Registration/coffee

9.30 Introductory exercise. What is your ‘why’?

10.00 Values based working.

An opportunity to explore and (re)connect with the values that brought you into research, how you are honouring them currently and where you want to strengthen that connection

11.30 Coffee

11.45 Quietening your inner critic

An introduction to how the self-talk we engage in can prevent us from moving forward, the difference between self-critical and realistic thinking and some techniques for quietening your inner critic

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Strengths based working: who’s on your team?

The majority of us can reel off a long list of the things we don’t do well but how often do we acknowledge our strengths and the things we are good at/proud of? This session will challenge you to explore this perspective and the impact it can have when you stand in and work from your strengths rather than your weaknesses.

2.15 The art of procrastination.

In this session We will explore just what is it that makes us do everything except the thing that matters to us, and identify strategies to get things done.

3.15 Break

3.30 Being visible and showing up in the research community.  What does it mean for you?

Visibility isn’t something that many of us feel uncomfortable with and yet how and where you show up in the research community impacts on your profile, networks and ability to form collaborations. This session will encourage you to explore your current levels of visibility and think strategically about the work you need to do to ensure that you are making the connections you need for your career development.

4.45 Close of workshop.


The investment in your personal development is £75 inclusive of course and all refreshments.

Early bird booking: £65 if booked before 4th September 2017.



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