Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

Background and purpose

Modern-day society is such that, for most of us, stress is a daily part of our work and personal lives. When demands on us exceed our personal resources, we become more susceptible to the negative impacts of stress, and it can severely inhibit performance and quality of life.

Designed by Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. and Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency program will help students to learn effective coping mechanisms and strategies that lead to more productive, healthier, and well-balanced lives, at work and at home.

Who is this program for?

No one is impervious to the negative impacts of stress. Whether you’re a front-line worker, or the CEO of a company, everyone can benefit from learning strategies and skills that help you to be more resilient.

The Online Experience

The UFred Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course 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

Through the 6-module Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course created by the University of Fredericton, students will learn the strategies and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and resiliency, both in their work and personal lives.

EWR 001 – Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

Module 1: Building Mental Resilience

Everyone experiences stress, but what matters is how you handle it. Learn about The Big Four steps to building mental resiliency, the Mental Health Continuum Model, and what your individual responsibility is with respect to managing your stress and being resilient.

Module 2: Realistic Thinking

Our thoughts have a considerable impact on how we approach situations in our work and personal lives. Learn about the role of automatic thoughts, the powerful impact that negative thoughts can have, and how to start changing negative thought patterns.

Module 3: Behavioural Action

When we lack the ability to effectively cope with stress, we become ineffective problem-solvers. This module helps students to learn about the problem-solving process, and how to make behavioural changes that stick.

Module 4: The Usual Suspects: Sleep, Exercise, and Diet

Sleep, exercise, and nutrition/diet are three physical health factors that have tremendous influence on not only your physical health, but also your emotional and psychological health. This module helps students to learn the necessity of being self-aware of these factors, and how to make changes where they are needed.

Module 5: Relaxation & Stress Management

In this module, students will learn techniques related to relaxation and stress management. These techniques, once practised, can be helpful when encountering a stressful situation, to aid in recovery after a stressful situation, or any other time to achieve a relaxed state.

Module 6: Positive Psychology

A recent but important advance has occurred in the field of psychology that has led to a game-changing way of thinking and achieving your goals. In this module, students will learn about Positive Psychology”, an evidence-based approach which focuses on well-being, resilience, discovering personal strengths, wisdom, happiness and many other similar concepts.


Typically, students will spend 4 contact hours interacting with Enhancing Workplace Resiliency. However, as this is a self-paced course, students move through the content at various speeds.

About the course developers

Through the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences, the University of Fredericton is working with leading experts and organizations in psychological health and safety in the workplace. This new 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.

Dr. Joti Samra

Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych.

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 & counselling practice with offices located throughout Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey & Tri-Cities.

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Dr. Rakesh Jetly

Dr. Rakesh Jetly 

Dr. Rakesh Jetly is a psychiatrist and the Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, Directorate of Mental Health and an associate professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University (Halifax), and the University of Ottawa.

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Michele Chase

“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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