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Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor Training

CMHA’s certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor Training program will help individuals who are working to improve psychological health and safety in workplaces or implement Canada’s National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).

In developing this groundbreaking certification course, the CMHA Workforce Mental Health Collaborative hopes to break down barriers and seize opportunities for those who are supporting implementation of the Standard.

Employers will see those with this certification as having the practical expertise to help improve psychological health and safety or implement the Standard in their workplaces.

Learning Objectives

After your training you should be able to:

  • State and demonstrate your ability to adhere to the overarching principles of a CMHA Certified PH&S Advisor.
  • Assess readiness for change.
  • Prepare employers to proceed with a psychological health and safety assessment.
  • Apply tools to assess and analyze psychological health and safety.
  • Give and accept feedback in a constructive way.
  • Present to employers – the business case, assessment processes, and implementation plan.

The certification training has been developed to provide an experiential learning opportunity for Advisors so they can better support organizations of all sizes. Advisors are provided with hands-on experience of the key questions, challenges and opportunities of organizations striving to implement psychological health and safety within their workplaces.

It is focused on developing competency for:

  • Presenting the business case – This focuses on convincing senior leaders and other key workplace stakeholders of the value and necessity for working toward improved psychological health and safety of their workplaces or implementation of the Standard.
  • Preparing for the assessment process – Helping employers be comfortable with and understand the scope, process and necessity of collecting data. This is required before establishing effective baseline measurements. Managing expectations and being clear about issues such as confidentiality and process are key.
  • Making recommendations – Analyzing the assessments and recommending an action plan must be done with knowledge of the organization’s constraints, competing demands and current realities. To be successful in sustaining implementation, the plan must be manageable and valuable in terms of outcomes.

Duration: 2 Full days Cost: $1500 per participant

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this training?

This training is geared towards a variety of individuals who are tasked with addressing psychological health and safety in the workplace. For example, individuals who work in Human Resources, Occupational Health Safety, Health and Wellness, Health and Safety, Disability Management or are external workplace consultants are encouraged to register.

Are there any pre-requisites for this training?

There are no pre-requisites for this training. However, it is important for participants to have good knowledge of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety.

Is there any pre-work for the training?

Yes, there will be 1-2 hours of pre-work before the training. Participants will receive an email at least 1 month prior to the training that will contain pre-work readings and a quiz. Each participant must pass the quiz with a minimum score of 80% prior to the course in order to participate.

 How is the training structured over the two days?

Using a case study, each participant will be assigned to a group that will create a presentation for each of the three modules- Presenting the Business Case, Preparing for the Assessment Process and Making Recommendations.

Participants will be scored on their proven ability to adhere to the CMHA Certified PH&S Advisor Principles as well as the specific Objectives for each module.

 Is there a final exam at the end of the training?

No, there is not a final exam at the end of the training.

 Do I have to attend the full two day course?

In order to receive certification, and to fully benefit from the training, all participants must complete the two day consecutive training program in order to receive their certification.

 How will the Advisors stay connected to the Collaborative after the training?

Advisors will be part of an exclusive CMHA Certified PH&S Advisor Community of Practice. Through the Collaborative, Advisors will receive new information about CMHA workplace initiatives including events and tools and resources. They will also be informed by the Collaborative of other workplace initiatives from our supporting partners.

Contact Jordan Friesen, National Associate Director, Workplace Mental Health for more information.