Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Background and purpose

Our online Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace consists of the introductory course, plus four additional courses, and provides a solid knowledge-base about how to plan, implement, and evaluate psychological health and safety programs in the context of the National Standard.

What does a PH&S Certificate student look like?

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.

Candidates must have an interest in the subject. Beyond this, it is essential that the candidate have access to a computer with an internet connection.

The Online Experience

The UFred Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is delivered fully-online and asynchronously, meaning that participants can move through the courses on a self-paced schedule. This convenient, flexible delivery method allows for employees and leaders to participate in the courses and apply their knowledge in real-time.

Students can expect:

  • An online campus that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • An open registration format that frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.
  • Substantial savings realized by sponsoring agents through low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives, provided via internet delivery.

Program outline and courses

Basic Level Course

Our Introductory Level Course is designed to bring employees of all levels and abilities up-to-speed on basic psychological health and safety in the workplace principles and how best to maintain an environment that protects these concepts. Those who successfully complete the Basic Level Course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

PHS 0100 – An Introduction to Psychological Health & Safety (PH&S) in the Workplace

This is an introductory course that will provide an overview of the basic concepts of psychological health and safety in the workplace and is designed for learners of all levels. Students will become familiar with the basics of psychological health and safety (PHS); will understand the legal, health and business case for implementing a PHS strategy within their workplace; will obtain an understanding of the developments that lead to the creation of the National Standard; and, will be equipped with tools to begin implementing a psychological health and safety strategy within their organization.

Advanced Certificate Courses

Our Advanced courses prepare participants for leadership roles by providing the tools and skills necessary to creating, implementing, and evaluating effective PH&S programs within the framework of the National Standard. Those who successfully complete all five courses will receive an Advanced Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Please note: participants must first complete the Basic Level course before proceeding into the Advanced Certificate.

PHS 0110 – Guiding Principles of the National Standard

This course will provide students with an overview of the guiding principles of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700). Key topics covered include: legal requirements associated with psychological health and safety applicable to the organization; respectful relationships and confidentiality; commitment and leadership; active engagement and participation of all workplace stakeholders; incorporation of psychological health and safety into existing organizational processes and policies; and, development of knowledge and skills for those managing work arrangements, organization, processes, and/or people.

PHS 0120 – Psychological Health & Safety: Planning

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to establish appropriate organizational objectives and targets with respect to psychological health and safety. Key topics covered will include: planning for management of psychological health and safety in the workplace, including assessing organizational impacts; identifying organizational data relevant to psychological health and safety; conducting an organizational review; conducting an organizational survey; analyzing and preparing a summary of results; and, understanding psychosocial factors and the impact on workplaces.

PHS 0130 – Psychological Health & Safety: Implementation

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to implement a psychological health and safety strategy within their organization. Key topics covered will include: selecting an organization-appropriate strategy using a quality framework approach; creating an implementation plan and embedding evaluation throughout; identifying internal and external resources; considering long-term and unintended consequences; managing critical events and change management in a psychologically safe manner; and, effective organizational responses.

PHS 0140 – Psychological Health & Safety: Evaluation, Corrective Action & Continual Improvement

This course will provide students with an overview of evaluating the impacts of psychological health and safety procedures, including taking preventive and corrective action and continual improvement. Topics covered will include: understanding the components of effective and appropriate evaluation; performance measurement; conducting scheduled management reviews; taking preventive and corrective action; ensuring continual improvement; and, reviewing and updating organizational policies and procedures.

Michele Chase, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace alumna

“I’m one of those people that are going to be a lifelong learner. I’m not a full-time student, I hold a full-time job, but I’m a lifelong learner.”

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