NORDP 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop Highlight: Improving Work-Life Balance in RD: Tools to Reduce Stress and Regain Purpose

#NORDP2017 starts Monday, May 8 in Denver, CO. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here:

Improving Work-Life Balance in Research Development: Tools to Reduce Stress and Regain Purpose

Stressed all the time? Feel like pulling your hair out? Unsure whether your family, pets, garden, or house will still be there by the time you finish this grant? Feel like you have no control?

For Research Development Professionals, a routinely stressful, deadline driven job can easily turn into a never-ending grind and our work-life balance might not seem just poor but perhaps non-existent. If you’re there – or if you’re on the road there – and ready to do something about it, this interactive workshop is for you. In the first half, participants will complete an inventory of their responsibilities and stressors, and then begin to take back control by identifying resources available and developing an individual plan to reduce, reassign, or remove stressors and to rediscover joy. As part of that introspection and planning process, we’ll discuss a broad set of options to change both our stressors and our relationship to those stressors. In the second half, we’ll dive deeply into a key method to change our relationship with stressors – mindfulness. This clinically proven approach to reducing stress and pain is as close as our own breath, and practicing it in both formal and informal ways can help us regain control, reshape our relationship to our work and stressors, and be a critical tool in regaining our balance.

Presenters are Joanna Downer, PhD, Associate Dean of Research Development at Duke University School of Medicine, and Ni-Cheng Liang, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Medical Director for Pulmonary Services at the University of California San Diego’s Center for Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor with the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Joanna is starting her fourth year of a concerted effort to reduce stress and improve work-life balance as a Research Development professional, and Ni-Cheng is an experienced mindfulness instructor who has given workshops to audiences from medical students and physicians to administrators.

Click HERE for full information and to register.

Stay tuned for more workshop previews! In the meantime, you can see full descriptions of each workshop HERE.

Each workshop takes an interactive, hands-on approach, introducing new tools, techniques and training to incorporate these tools into your research development activities. Workshops will also provide opportunities for networking through small group discussion and interaction.

Workshop sizes are limited, so please register early. For questions or additional information, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith. We hope you to see you in the workshops!


We hope to see you at the 2017 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held May 8-10 in Denver, CO. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2017 updates.

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