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Length: 2 days ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE? Peer Educator Training is open to individuals who:
- have completed the initial Beyond Silence Champion Training,
- have personal experience with mental illness recovery (personal or family)
- have experience working in healthcare (clinical or non-clinical),
- have strong interpersonal and communication skills,
- are motivated to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness at work,
- are willing to provide training and mentorship to others.
- Foundational principles of Beyond Silence facilitation
- Best-practice evidence regarding anti-stigma education and the power of personal stories
- Application of adult learning and group theory principles
- Facilitation practice, with an opportunity to provide and receive feedback
- Discussion re: opportunities and logistics of the peer educator role
- Two full days of training with a qualified instructor (includes lunch and breaks)
- A leader's guide and facilitator handbook
- Certification to provide Beyond Silence Champion Training through PSHSA
- Opportunities for ongoing mentorship (online and in-person)
- Membership in the peer educator community of practice
- Access to marketing, training materials, registration and evaluation support through PSHSA
- March 6-7, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario
- June 13 -14, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario
Length: 2 days
Through research funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, we can offer subsidized training for workers in small, under-resourced healthcare workplaces* across Ontario. We will be offering 8 training programs over the next two years, and evaluating the impact. Through this subsidy small healthcare workplaces receive 50% off Registration. – If you are a small healthcare workplace (100 employees or less), enter "SmallBusiness" in the Coupon Code section upon check out. The coupon will apply a 50% discount.
This 2-day workplace mental health training course is designed specifically for healthcare workers, and is led by trained healthcare employees with mental health experience. This evidence-based course is designed to engage healthcare employees in a dialogue regarding mental health issues at work, and how to identify and support workers who are struggling. The program combines information sharing and skill development with strategies for stigma reduction.
Evidence for effectiveness of the program is supported by a two-year clinical trial conducted with 189 healthcare workers (comparing Beyond Silence with MHFA) demonstrating significant changes in mental health knowledge and beliefs: 1. Feedback from program participants supported the added value of the Beyond Silence program attributed to the specific focus on healthcare work, peer leaders, and the opportunity for dialogue and skill development 2. The program has been adapted for smaller, under-resourced organizations and we will be gathering input from participants as part of our ongoing research.
Day 1 focuses on exploring the value of addressing workplace mental health in healthcare organizations, including a dialogue about workplace mental health experiences and psychological health and safety. Topics include the mental health continuum, the impact of stress, how mental illness may appear at work and how and when to support someone who is struggling.
Day 2 focuses on exploring evidence-based approaches and mental health resources, as well as how to match resources to a person’s unique needs. Participants will create an action plan for their own workplace and consider how to apply their knowledge as a mental health champion.
Follow-up Support – All participants who complete the program will be eligible to take part in an online community of practice and monthly WebEx sessions to support ongoing learning and implementation.
In order to evaluate the program, participants will be asked to complete pre, post and follow-up questionnaires. The procedures for data collection and evaluation have been approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. If you have any questions about the project, please contact: Lisa Wolfe, Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
*A 2-year grant through the Ontario Ministry of Labour - Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation program will offset training costs for employees in small healthcare workplaces. Our focus is on improving OHS outcomes in small, under-resourced healthcare workplaces in Ontario (eg. long-term care or group homes, family health teams, paramedics, rural or remote hospitals, community-based services).
Join Dr. Ash Bender as he discusses the intersection between mental stress, illness and resilience and provides some specific actions workplaces can take to build resiliency.
Exposure to chronic mental stress is known to have negative effects on employee health and behaviours.
Understanding factors associated with job stress provides opportunities for intervention by changing work practices and prevention by building resilience.
Resilience generally describes characteristics or capacities enabling individuals and organizations to recover from adversity and use available resources adaptively...the ability to "bounce back".
Join Dr. Janice Halpern as she shares the results of a research program called Critical incident Stress Strategies for EMS (CISS-EMS).
This one hour webinar will share the research study and key findings. Participants will learn about help that paramedics are seeking for critical incident stress as well as the barriers that should be considered, and can be addressed through good prevention planning and implementation.
The webinar will also explore opportunities to identify critical incidents and describe the impact that critical incidents can have on paramedics.
The webinar will showcase a critical incident inventory that provides a framework for paramedics and their supervisors to talk about critical incidents.
Finally, it will share the development of a tool kit that was developed for paramedics and their supervisors to use after a potentially critical incident.
Maintaining your mental health is as important and crucial as maintaining your physical health. In this webinar Dr. Vivian Lee will discuss the importance of maintaining your mental health, how to recognize early signs of difficulty and what positive coping strategies that can be implemented.
There will be a focus on how individuals can problem-solve to increase healthy actions they are already taking through various areas of self-care such as relationships, spiritual, family, exercise, financial, to foster better resilience.