Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

Join the National Movement to Create Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

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.

*Mental Health Commission of Canada. (2013). Making the case for investing in mental health in Canada. Calgary, AB: Mental Health Commission of Canada


Basic Certificate - Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Suitable to all levels


Our Basic Level consists of an introductory course titled An Introduction to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. The course is designed to help organizations bring their employees up-to-speed on their roles in maintaining a psychologically healthy and safe work environment, providing a stronger understanding of PH&S concepts. As such, this course is applicable to learners and employees of all levels and abilities.

Basic Level PH&S Course- introduction to PH&S concepts

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Advanced Certificate - Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Suitable to those implementing organizational mental health strategy


This level of the Certificate is designed for organizational leaders implementing workplace health and safety management systems for all employees. Those working in supervisory positions within Occupational Health and Safety units, Human Resources departments, or any other department that may be responsible for implementing an overarching organizational health strategy, including mental health, for a body of employees will find this Certificate to be beneficial.

Basic Level PH&S Course, plus four additional courses

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Manager Certificate - Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Suitable for those in management roles supporting the individual employee


The courses provide in-depth learning on key principles and considerations for managers in supporting employees with psychological health issues, as well as enhancing managers’ emotional intelligence skills in managing emotionally distressed employees. This Certificate is suitable for those in management roles supporting the individual employee experiencing emotional distress or mental health issues or disorders.

Basic Level PH&S Course, plus two additional courses

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Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

From front-line worker, all the way to CEOs, everyone can benefit from strategies and skills to be more resilient at work.


About Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

With a range of common stressors vying for employees’ attention at any given time, it is important that employees understand how to manage and cope with these stressors in ways that are healthy and productive. In the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course, learners will obtain the knowledge needed to positively cope with stress through six engaging modules.

The modules address various topics, including stress and the mental health continuum, realistic thinking, behavioural activation, the significance of sleep, diet, and exercise, relaxation and stress management, and thriving in times of stress.

Development of Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

Through the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences, the University of Fredericton pairs with leading experts and organizations in psychological health and safety in the workplace. This online course was fully developed by Dr. Joti Samra, innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness in the workplace and Program Lead at the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences, and Dr. Rakesh Jetly, NATO’s first research chair in military mental health.

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Program Lead & Course Developer

Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych

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Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness & resiliency. She is CEO & Founder of  MyWorkplaceHealth.com, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and DrJotiSamra.com, an expanding in-office and virtual health clinical & counseling practice with offices located throughout Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey & Tri-Cities.

Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S) and CEO/leadership training & development. She has been involved in a number of national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level. Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the 13 psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resiliency. 

Dr. Samra’s down-to-earth, friendly and engaging style – combined with her clinical acumen and research expertise – make her a go-to expert for a wide range of media sources. She is regularly called upon by provincial and national print, radio and TV media to comment on a range of issues relating to psychological health and human behavior. Some of her media career highlights include Host of Oprah Winfrey Network’s The Million Dollar Neighbourhood; Interventionist on Animal Planet’Confessions: Animal Hoarding; Casting Consultant & On-Set Psychologist for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada; and, Columnist for the Globe and Mail’s “Ask a Psychologist” weekly column.

Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award & the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also former President of the BC Psychological Association & past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.


Partnerships & Agreements

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.

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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.

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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).

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WorkSafe Saskatchewan


As a partnership between the Saskatchewan Worker’s Compensation Board and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, WorkSafe Saskatchewan was created to reduce the amount of workplace injuries and fatalities. They have partnered with the University of Fredericton to allow the workers of Saskatchewan the opportunitiy to learn more through the OHS programs.

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Through an agreement with WorkSafe NB, NB employees have improved access to psychological health and wellness training. The University of Fredericton and WorkSafeNB hope to increase awareness and have a positive impact on the future of psychological health and safety in the workplace.

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WCB Alberta


The Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta has partnered with the University of Fredericton to allow the workers of Alberta the opportunity to learn more through the OHS programs.


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