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 Alberta Government Workforce Related News Releases Alberta Government Workforce Related News Releases

Alberta Government News Release May 28, 2018: New rules mean safer workplace.
New occupational health and safety (OHS) rules will help prevent workplace bullying, harassment and violence, while providing better support for victims.

Alberta Government Health and Safety Bill 30 eNews Special Edition 2018
As you know, last fall the Government of Alberta made important changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These changes provide Albertans with the same rights that Canadians across the province already had ,and were the first significant updates in decades. On June 1, those changes will come into force.

See ALIGN Collaborations/Stakeholder Initiatives
Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships(AASP) as a Certifying Partner (Road Map To COR).
Bill 17 – Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act
Bill 30 Occupational Health and Safety Act
Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS)
Healthy Workplace, Wellness and Safety in the Child and Family Services Sector
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – COR/WCB
Workforce Alliance: Cross Association Workforce Survey

Alberta Government Labour Standards Alberta Government Labour Standards

Alberta's new Employment Standards Code came into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
Products and services are available to help employers and employees learn the new rules: new website and printable fact sheets

Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour

Occupational Health and Safety Teacher Resources Binder, Chapter 7, Psychosocial Hazards Great overview with resources of psychosocial hazards: fatigue and hours of work, technological changes, stress and critical incident stress, bullying, cyber bullying/harassment, workplace violence and abuse, working alone.

American Psychological Association: Centre for Organizational Excellence American Psychological Association: Centre for Organizational Excellence

Resources for Employers A psychologically healthy workplace fosters employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity.

Psychologically healthy workplace practices can be grouped into five categories:
Employee involvement
Work-life balance
Employee growth & development
Health & safety and Employee recognition


CalSWEC Self-Care for New Child Welfare Workers: Social Worker Safety, Stress Management, and Time Management (Version 2.0)
These learning objectives focus on the effect of stressful work experiences on professional performance and well-being, and include guidance for stress reduction.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Psychosocial Risk Hazards in the Workplace Thirteen psychosocial risk (PSR) factors have been identified by researchers at Simon Fraser University based on extensive research and review of empirical data from national and international best practices.

On Demand Webinars

Taking Action on Workplace Stress

Healthy Workplaces: A Team Effort

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers

Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Strategies for Success

CMHA Albera Division CMHA Albera Division

2 Day Training - $1500 Certified Psychological Health and Safety Adviser Training

Community Care Community Care

How social workers can build their emotional resilience Social work is stressful - but you can learn how to become more resilient By Ruth Hardy on April 10, 2017
Social work can be a challenging and stressful career. In a recent Community Care and Unison survey, 80% of the 2,032 social workers who responded said they had suffered emotional distress during the course of a single day. 40% had been verbally abused. In order to survive for any length of time in the profession and not suffer burnout, social workers must be emotionally resilient; able to bounce back from setbacks and cope with stress...

Conference Board of Canada Conference Board of Canada

Mental Health and Well-Being In The Workplace: What Works and Why It Makes Business Sense is a newly released report created by The Conference Board Inc. This 29-page report is informed by discussions, literature reviews, and round table events with academics, consultants, and companies known for their impressive well-being programs. It provides recommendations and resources for those looking to begin a well-being initiative at their organization or increase the momentum of a current program, and it includes examples of successful initiatives, the rationale behind their project initiation, and tips for moving the programs forward.

Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs by Louise Chenier and Charles Boyer Feb 2016

The Footprint of Mental Health Conditions: Healthy Brains at Work May 2015


Crisis Prevention Institute  (CPI) Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

Decision-Making Matrix Decision-Making Matrix - This Risk Assessment Tool (for staff) Helps You Deal With Difficult Behavior Better Than Ever If you’ve had Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, or if you teach the program to your colleagues, you know which intervention to use and when. And now, the enhanced program features an additional tool to help assess risk and choose the safest response.

Free Resource Pack Get a collection of posters and pamphlets filled with tips and strategies to help you make your workplace safer.

Crisis Response Planning Checklist [PDF] to assist you and your organization in designing clear and simple crisis response procedures

Fostering Emotionally Safe Environments for Caregiving by Dr. Randy Boardman
The Crisis Prevention Institute's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program advances the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security SM of all stakeholders in caregiving settings such as schools, residential, or other youth services. This article will discuss the emotional safety of challenging youth and staff who serve them Download the free eBook, Creating a Safe and Caring Work Environment.

Checklist for Managing Mental Health at Work. Download this free guide for tips on addressing mental health issues in your workplace.


Free Archived Webinar - Wellness Strategies - For the Helping Professional Webinar
Trainer: Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT Experiencing compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma or burnout is, unfortunately, a common occurrence among caregivers. In this webinar, participants will identify the causes, signs and symptoms of stress and also measure their own current level of stress and burnout. Several techniques and interventions to decrease stress will also be reviewed.

Excellence Canada Excellence Canada

Excellence, Innovation and Wellness
Healthy Workplace®
Mental Health at Work®

Quiz - 10 Steps to a Certified Healthy Workplace
Here are the 10 requirements that make up the Healthy Workplace® Essentials program, leading to a certificate from Excellence Canada upon successful implementation. See how well you think your own organization is doing by rating it against each requirement
Mental Health at Work® Challenge
Excellence Canada, and Cookson James Loyalty, founders of the BestLifeRewarded wellness incentive program are pleased to present the Mental Health at Work® Challenge as part of a “coordinated assault” to change the face of healthcare in Canada. Their goal is to have your organization make a commitment to take some immediate small steps to start implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The Mental Health at Work® Challenge is available to all Canadian organizations at no charge. Please register today (it's free) to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to raising awareness and supporting your employees with turnkey evidence-based tools.

Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins

Mental Health Preparedness (http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-public-health-preparedness/training/online/mental-health-trainings.html)

Disaster Mental Health Intervention Describes the reasons why post-disaster mental health intervention is important and also describes the various intervention categories

Disaster Mental Health Planning Discusses how health departments should plan ahead to provide post-disaster mental health assistance

Introduction to Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness Introduces the topics of disaster mental health services, mental health surge capacity, and psychiatric first aid

Mental Health Consequences of Disaster Examines disaster's impact on various parts of mental function and personality

Psychology and Crisis Response Discusses two areas of crisis response (taking care of your personal mental health needs and addressing the mental health needs of public health responders) and concludes by examining the mental health threat of terrorism

Roots of Terrorism Describes how government public health agencies and public health workers will function after a disaster and discusses the many duties that sanitarians must perform after a disaster

Self-Care Examines the different types of stress and provides numerous methods to reduce personal stress

McMaster University McMaster University

Preliminary Report: Social Services: Stress, Violence and Workload Research Project: Site Two Donna Baines, Karen Hadley, Bonnie Slade, Shoshana Pollack, Ann Sylvia Brooker, Krissa Fay, Susan Preston, Dima Dimitrova
Research has shown that health care and social services workers experience the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence and injury among Canadian workers. The purpose of this study is to generate a detailed portrait of work life within three case study sites in order to identify factors that precipitate and contribute to injuries, stress and health problems in the social services.Labour Studies, McMaster

MyHealth.Alberta.ca MyHealth.Alberta.ca

MyHealth.Alberta.ca There is material relating to Stress, Psychosis Awareness, Mood and Anxiety, Getting Help and Helping Others. They have some Self-Care Resources and other information and links. This information is vetted and maintained by Alberta Health so should be a good resources for both Mentors and Mentees.

New Social Worker New Social Worker

Compassion Fatigue in Child Welfare This article will explore the current literature that studies the problem of compassion fatigue in child welfare, what the causes are, the consequences, and what can be done to address the problem.


COST OF EMPATHY, Child & Family Services, Frontline Staff Workshop This is a presentation created by Connie Miller and Jacquie Aitken Kish of PACE.

Social Justice Solutions Social Justice Solutions

Staff Who Work Directly With Youth Need to Feel Appreciated to Avoid Burnout June 12, 2017
Working with today’s generation of youth involved in the criminal justice system does not provide instant gratification for direct service workers. Today’s generation do not get up to volunteer a seat for the elderly. Today’s generation will curse out their parents, teachers and strangers just because they feel like doing so...

Suicide Prevention Resource Centre – Grande Prairie Suicide Prevention Resource Centre – Grande Prairie

Workshop Strategies For Living – Suicide prevention workshop for caregivers of youth Strategies for Living is an interactive workshop for people working with young people 12 to 17 years of age. This one-day workshop discusses biological risk factors and vulnerabilities to understand suicidal thoughts and behaviour in the adolescent population. Through videos, case studies and role-plays based on a range of youth issues, participants will practice their skills in intervening with youth at risk for suicide. This workshop includes practical approaches for increasing resiliency, tools for survival and coping skills for managing their circumstances. Online and community resources and programs will be presented.

The Globe and Mail The Globe and Mail

How to ensure mental health support in the workplace is accessible

How committed is your organization to reducing mental health injuries or mental health issues in the workplace?

Most of us, without realizing it, will answer this question based on our degree of awareness and personal experience with our organization's policies, procedures and programming that have been developed and implemented to prevent and protect the workforce from mental health injuries (e.g., exposure to bullies) and work-related factors (e.g., workload) that negatively impact employees' mental health.

The Globe and Mail The Globe and Mail

Why Canadian companies can’t ignore the cost of mental illness April 12, 2016 Considering 20 to 25 per cent of a company’s workforce could be dealing with mental health issues, either personally or with a family member, it’s important for employers to establish programs that offer support and encourage open, judgement-free dialogue...

The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell

The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell online survey (The Mental Health Experience in Canada's Workplaces: What's Your Experience?) collected information about the mental health experience of Canada's work force, such as: the types of issues (physical and mental health); how people cope with their issues; therapy options; mental health stigma; how organizations support staff with a mental health issue, and the impact of mental health issues on work experience and missing work. They're leaving the survey open so the one in five workers with a mental health issue who has not participated yet can add their voice to this conversation. You can participate in the survey by clicking on this link.

UNISON Scotland UNISON Scotland

Keeping Safe in the Workplace: A Guide for Social Worker Practitioners This Guide aims to help social work practitioners to keep themselves safe in the workplace; to recognise when they are becoming stressed or overloaded and to seek the necessary support from their employer, and where that fails, from their trade union and professional association

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Psychological Health and Safety Management
The implementation of a Psychological Health and Safety Management System is not about diagnosing the mental health issues of employees. It is about assessing how policies, processes and interactions in the workplace might impact the psychological health and safety of employees. These resources and information can help you improve psychological health and safety within your organization.
On the Agenda is a series of videos, presentation slides and supporting materials that can assist trainers, team leaders, managers or others to facilitate discussions aimed at developing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.