Following the BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshop Series, Affiliates can foster and extend their BRAINS experiences through facilitated Affiliates Peer Coaching Circles. To participate, individuals must have attended at least two BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshops.

Each Affiliates Peer Coaching Circle includes eight to nine participants. A facilitator from the BRAINS team participates in the initial meetings. The Peer Coaching Circles strive to provide both structure and flexibility to best facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring. In addition, they provide frequent and safe forums in which to discuss concerns and receive constructive feedback, as well as set realistic personal goals. Facilitated discussions may include topics such as time management, navigating institutional culture, stress and conflict, writing and productivity, and self care. To facilitate the most meaningful and useful dialogues and ensure trust among group members, all participants and facilitators sign a non-disclosure form.

The General Goals of Peer Coaching Circles

  • Extension of BRAINS Affiliates community and peer experience.
  • Focused individual time for work on career issues and challenges with wisdom of a group.
  • Take time for self, to give feedback and to incorporate BRAINS skills, strategies and practices into everyday life.
  • Gain perspective and problem-solve.

BRAINS Affiliates Peer Coaching Circles Calendar

The BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshops and Affiliates Peer Coaching Circles all share the same online meeting platform. Thus to avoid scheduling conflicts, please reference this calendar and contact brains@uw.edu if your Coaching Circle group changes its regular meeting time.