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Counselling in supervision conflicts

You can currently find details about the committee members and contact options here. (You will be forwarded to the intranet page of UE-N which is the division unit to which JuDocs organizationally belongs).

The JuDocs Committee for counselling in supervision conflicts offers support to you if you are a doctoral researcher or supervisor who is confronted with a supervision conflict that you cannot solve alone or with the help from peers.

Possible levels of supervision conflicts and resolution – The JuDocs Committee offers support in deadlocked conflict situations for doctoral researchers and supervisors.Possible levels of supervision conflicts and resolution – The JuDocs Committee offers support in deadlocked conflict situations for doctoral researchers and supervisors.

Supervision conflicts may arise during doctoral projects due to the different perspectives of supervisors and doctoral researchers on individual projects and often competitive framework conditions in science. All six members of the JuDocs Committee are active researchers at the FZJ who are familiar with the general conditions and common conflict situations. They offer neutral counselling and, if necessary, also conflict moderation based on the following principles:

Confidentiality: The committee members become active upon request and coordinate all steps in a counselling process with the advice seeking person. Neither during nor after the counselling process, personal information is disclosed to third parties.

Inclusion of diverse perspectives: Among the members of the committee are doctoral researchers, supervisors and institute heads of different genders and nationalities to include various perspectives and levels of professional experience. Counselling and conflict moderation are always carried out in accordance with the dual control principle by involving two committee members with different levels of experience in any counselling process.

Qualification: All committee members have received a training in counselling and conflict moderation techniques before they take office.

Multilevel approach: If a conflict cannot be solved with the help of the committee and the advice seeking person agrees, the JuDocs heads can be involved by the committee members to search for a solution. The same applies if another counselling service on campus is able to provide better help in a specific situation due to the often complex nature of conflicts. In this case, the committee members will offer to contact the other service and to accompany the transfer to provide continuous and appropriate support. Also this only happens after previous explicit consent of the person seeking help.

Joint action and openness to results: The aim of the counselling process always is to enable you to find a way to successfully complete your scientific project(s) together with the other people involved. The role of the committee is to support the communication and conflict solution between the involved parties by counselling and moderation. For this to succeed, you should be prepared to agree with the committee on an appropriate joint approach to resolve the conflict. Against this background, it is generally not advisable to contact several counselling services in parallel. The committee members will refer you to other counselling services of the FZJ if necessary. The role of the committee also only allows it to support you in resolving a conflict, but it cannot force a solution in a legally binding manner. Therefore, the outcome of the conflict resolution process depends always largely on the willingness of the parties involved to find a joint solution.


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