Dr. Samra is the Program Lead for the online Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at the University of Fredericton (UFred). In collaboration with UFred, she has developed a number of courses and certificates for workplace leaders, managers and employees. The training is offered online, and is self-paced. The courses are designed for individuals and organizations who are interested in developing workplace strategies, policies and processes that are consistent with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety (PH&S) in the Workplace.
Below are descriptions of UFred's four online certificate streams for workplace PH&S, developed by Dr. Samra and supported by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Psychological health and safety (PH&S) issues in the workplace are pervasive, and have a number of negative impacts on organizations when left unaddressed. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) conservatively estimates that – in any given year – one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness, with a cost to the economy that exceeds $50 billion per annum.
Courses in PH&S assist modern workplace leaders in addressing potential negative psychosocial factors in the workplace; better equipping their leaders and managers to manage psychological issues in the workplace; and, aiding employees who are experiencing mental health issues or disorders.
UFred Online Programs & Certifications
Suitable for all levels (1 course)
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 Certificate: Psychological Health & Safety In The Workplace
Suitable for those in management roles supporting the individual employee (3 courses)
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.
Manager Certificate: Managing Mental Health Issues At Work
Suitable for those implementing organizational mental health strategies (5 courses)
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.
Advanced Certificate: Psychological Health & Safety In The Workplace
From front-line worker, all the way to CEOs, everyone can benefit from strategies and skills to be more resilient at work (1 course)
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. Dr. Samra co-developed this course with Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the chief psychiatrist for the Canadian Armed Forces, and NATO’s first research chair in military mental health.