Join the National Movement to Create Psychologically Healthy Workplaces at the UFred Centre for Psychological Health Sciences
Welcome to the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at the University of Fredericton, home to Canada’s fully-online Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Psychological Health and Safety (PH&S) in the workplace has become a critical issue in organizations across Canada and around the world. As leaders in the advancement of online occupational health and safety education, it is our belief that providing a psychologically safe and healthy work environment is a crucial aspect of responsible and effective corporate leadership. The goal of the UFred Centre for Psychological Health Sciences is to provide employees, managers, and senior leaders with the necessary skills to build, support, and sustain psychologically healthy and safe work environments. We are committed to working with experts and organizations that are poised to best address PH&S concepts and issues, and dedicated to delivering content that is easily applied across industries.
Why Is This Needed?
In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a psychological health illness: this translates to more than 6.7 million Canadians affected.* With staggering figures such as this, it is no surprise that legal, regulatory and research developments over the past decade now make addressing workplace psychological health and safety an essential part of an organization’s overall health strategy.
National developments have recently culminated in the development of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard), which was released in January 2013. The Standard is the first of its kind in the world; it was championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ). The Standard comprises a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors. The Standard also identifies 13 important psychosocial factors that contribute to workplace psychological health and safety.
The University of Fredericton is pleased to now offer courses in Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. Designed to help working professionals obtain the skills to effectively implement the National Standards adopted by the MHCC, CSA and BNQ, our courses will provide the practical knowledge to address and implement Psychological Health & Safety strategies in any organization.
Development of the UFred Approach to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace
The certificates offered within the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences are designed to help participants of various levels and abilities understand PH&S concepts and their respective roles in keeping their organizations psychologically safe and healthy. The certificates have a particular emphasis on the Standard and its implications for organizations, and are designed to be relevant and applicable across industries.
The Certificate in Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace, offered within the UFred Centre for Psychological Health Sciences, has been developed by by Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych., and is supported by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The Certificate is also supported by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
About Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych.
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness in the workplace. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada.
Dr. Samra pursues a full spectrum of research, consulting, and educational activities in the field of workplace health. She is the lead developer of Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health and Safety, an innovative online resource to address psychosocial threats in the work environment, and was a member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada’s first National Standard on Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700). She is also the principal developer of Managing Emotions, a set of online, interactive assessment and training resources that strengthen the emotional intelligence skills of managers.
Dr. Samra is a frequent media commentator and presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across North America. She is the Director of an organizational and media consulting practice, and maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver (www.drjotisamra.com / @drjotisamra).
About the Great West Life Centre for Mental Health
Established in 2007, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace is a leading source of practical ideas, tools and resources designed to help employers with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues. The Centre is a public resource established by The Great-West Life Assurance Company as part of their commitment to enriching the communities where we live and work.
*Mental Health Commission of Canada. (2013). Making the case for investing in mental health in Canada. Calgary, AB: Mental Health Commission of Canada
About the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Established in 1978, CCOHS promotes the total well-being – physical, psychosocial and mental health – of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support health, safety and wellness programs. A not-for-profit federal department corporation, CCOHS is governed by a tripartite Council – representing government, employers and labour – to ensure a balanced, approach to workplace health and safety issues. They offer a range of workplace health and safety services to help your organization raise awareness, assess risks, implement prevention programs, and improve health, safety and well-being.
Given that the promotion of psychological health and safety in the workplace is a common mission shared between UFred and CCOHS, CCOHS is very supportive of educational pursuits that help to further these goals, including the UFred Certificate for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
For more information, visit http://www.ccohs.ca/
About the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health issues. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the MHCC brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes. Among its initiatives, the MHCC’s work includes the country’s first mental health strategy, which led to the creation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
MHCC supports the UFred Certificate for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace as it aligns with the Standard and facilitates a positive shift in workplace culture. MHCC applauds your interest and any efforts to promote and protect psychological health and wellbeing in your workplace.
For more information, visit http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/workplace/national-standard