Building a positive communication culture

A combination of three short sessions related to mental well-being and communication aimed at creating a positive communication culture. The sessions are interrelated and the various tools that are offered consolidate each other.


Leadership & Personal Efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


All PhD students


The course brings together three topics:

  1. Workshop ‘work happiness’: In this workshop we reflect on what contributes to happiness at work and in your team and what you can do to enhance it. The workshop is based on the latest insights in the field of work-related happiness.
  2. Workshop 'non-violent communication': In this workshop we reflect on how you can build a both respectful and assertive communication based on your feelings and needs. There is an emphasis on experimenting with this in a safe environment.
  3. Workshop ‘active bystander’: In this training you learn what transgressive behaviour is within the context of Ghent University and how you can react appropriately to inappropriate behaviour. We also discuss what sometimes stops us from intervening, how you can become and active bystander and who can help you when you experience transgressive behavior.


    • To give young researchers tools to build a positive communication culture.
    • To give young researchers tools to talk about what’s going well at work and also to create awareness to set own boundaries and to indicate when inappropriate behaviour is witnessed or experienced.
    • To empower young researchers to take responsibility for their own well-being, work and team happiness and to
      mitigate risks that form a threat to well-being (like transgressive behaviour at work).


    • Nona Beele, Confidential advisor Trustpunt - Ghent University
    • Siegried Lievens, Confidential advisor Trustpunt - Ghent University
    • Pieter Detombe, Confidential advisor Trustpunt - Ghent University
    • Joke De Clercq: Confidential advisor Trustpunt - Ghent University

    Time schedule


    Description Course dates Time Venue
    Session on work happiness 16 November 2023 13:00-16:00 Leslokaal 1.2 (Campus Ledeganck)
    Session on non-violent communication 30 November 2023 13:00-16:00 Leslokaal 1.2 (Campus Ledeganck)
    Session on active bystander training

    14 December 2023

    13:00-16:00 Vergaderzaal 0.1 Simon Stevin (Campus Boekentoren, Plateau-Rozier) 

    Registration fee

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


    Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

    Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

    Cancellation of your registration can only be performed by sending an email to

    Teaching methods

    Interactive workshops

    Number of participants

    Maximum 20



    Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

    100% attendance, active participation

    After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this can take up to one to two months after completion of the course.