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

Programs

Basic Certificate Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Suitable to all levels

Basic

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

Advanced

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

Manager

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.

Resiliency

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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Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych.

Dr. Joti Samra 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.

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The Great West Life Centre for Mental Health

Great-West

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)

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)

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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