Workshop 02

Using self-governance to overcome the fear of failure in an uncertain world

  • Tuesday 26 Sept
  • Port 1B, Level 2, Rotterdam Ahoy
  • Level: Intermediate
  • €319 (€419 for non-members)

Destructive and ineffective behaviours sometimes occur when changes in the world or in our personal environment trigger powerful feelings. In these times of uncertainty, students and staff need to manage the energy of emotions like fear and channel it in a constructive direction. This involves dealing with the ambiguity that is part of a diverse environment and remaining flexible and adaptable in the face of change, and it means taking charge of the mental self-talk that goes on when we encounter challenging differences. This workshop will explore how students can enjoy increased effectiveness in their studies and their intercultural experience by understanding and managing their emotional responses.


At the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • understand the impact of the current situation in the world;
  • understand the relationship between change, transition and fear;
  • recognise the stressors in higher education; identify adaptive and maladaptive ways of dealing with challenges;
  • apply culturally and emotionally sensitive teaching and tutoring skills.

This workshop is targeted at educational and support staff in higher education institutions who work with students and regularly have contact with them in their daily work.


  • Teaching, learning and curriculum
    • Intercultural competencies and languages
  • Social responsibility
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion


  • Marijke van Oppen, 
    van Oppen Consultancy, Netherlands
  • Stephanie Griffiths, 
    Intercultural Consultancy United Kingdom, United Kingdom