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Continuing Education Credits

HRCI – 13 HR(General) Credits   •   SHRM – 13 PDC’s


  • Day 1 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time
      • 15 Minute Break at 11:15 PM CT
      • 1 Hour Lunch at 1:00 PM CT
      • 15 Minute Break at 3:45 PM CT
  • Day 2 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time
      • 15 Minute Break at 11:15 PM CT
      • 1 Hour Lunch at 1:00 PM CT
      • 15 Minute Break at 3:45 PM CT

There are no reasons to be stressed out, right? Wrong! We’re in a mental health crisis! We have plenty of reasons to be stressed out right now. Turn on the news, read your phone alerts, and scroll through your social media feeds and you will see how Americans are besieged by stress. We are being bombarded with mental health triggers. Some of the things we are facing as a society in addition to a three-year, constant health threat with fluctuating Covid-19 variant numbers, concern about nuclear war, economic uncertainty, a spike in prices at the gas pumps, and grocery stores making a 40-year high, the increase on retaliation and sexual harassment claims, the move to a digital workforce, the great resignation, natural disasters plus the alarming numbers of shootings all over the country.

It is no wonder mental health has reached a crisis stage in the United States. Recent statistics show that depression is climbing since the onset of the pandemic:

      • Affecting one in every three American adults.
      • Four in five managers are supporting at least one employee with a mental health issue.
      • More than 50% of employees are experiencing burnout.

Stats from LifeWorks Mental Health Index, 2021

As employers move toward establishing a new workplace equilibrium, we are being asked to deliver certainty during uncertain times. Healthy and productive people are the heart of high-performing organizations. Protecting and promoting mental health at work is about strengthening capacities to recognize and act on mental health conditions at work, particularly for the person responsible for the supervision of others, such as managers.

Everyone has the right to work and all workers have the right to a safe and healthy working environment. Work can be a protective factor for mental health, but it can also contribute to worsening mental health.

This 2-Day Mental Health and Corporate Wellness in the Workplace Certificate Program will equip you to protect and promote physical and mental health at work and support people with mental health conditions to participate fully and equitably at work.



Day 1

      1. Getting Started
      2. Introductions
      3. Housekeeping Items
      4. Pre-test
      5. Understanding what employee well-being and mental health is
      6. Understanding why mental well-being is important in the workplace
      7. Understanding how mental health affects employee performance
      8. Understanding what factors affect employee well-being and mental health
      9. Understanding what the 6 pillars of employee well-being are
      10. Understanding what the most common mental health issues in the workplace are
      11. Mental Health Facts & Statistics
      12. Covid-19 and Mental Health
      13. Remote Working & Mental Health
      14. Identifying signs and symptoms of mental illness
      15. Understanding how to support employees suffering of:
      • Stress/burnout
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Bipolar Disorder
      • PTSD
      • Schizophrenia
      • Sleep Disorder
      • Eating Disorder
      • Seasonal Affective Disorder
      • Obesity
      • Substance Abuse
      • Alcoholism
      • Practical Illustrations
      • Review Questions
      1. Mental Health Parity Act
      2. What it is?
      3. What does it mean for benefits?
      4. What is an example of Mental Health Parity
      5. Mental Health and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Interconnection
      • Fundamentals of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      • Requesting Certifications
      • Timing Requirements
      • Benefits maintained during Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      1. EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
      • What is it?
      • Elements of an EAP
      • Internal EAP vs External EAP
      • Role & Benefits of the program
      • Cost to the organization & how to advocate to upper management
      1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Reasonable Accommodation
      • History of disability discrimination
      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) vs ADAAA
      • Definition of Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
      • Who is a qualified individual with a disability?
      • The interactive Process
      • Interactive Process forms
      • Reasonable Accommodation
      • Examples of Reasonable Accommodations
      • Undue Hardship Defense
      • How much are employers allowed to ask about mental health?
      • AskJan.org
      1. Flexible work arrangements and work-related wellbeing
      2. Risks to Mental Health at work
      3. Dealing with the Mental Health stigma
      4. How Leaders Influence Mental Health
      • Emotional Intelligence
      • Suicide Prevention
      • Mental Health Survey
      • Mental Health Days Off
      • Additional Resources for employees
        1. Understanding the role of organizations in valuing mental health
      1. Mental Health Predictions for 2023
      2. Review of Day 1

Day 2

      1. What is a Health and Wellness Program?
      2. Understanding how employee’s well-being will affect:
      • Productivity
      • Health Care Costs
      • Absenteeism
      • Turnover
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Types of Health and Wellness Programs
      • Nutrition and Weight loss
      • Tobacco Cessation
      • Substance Abuse
      1. Health Screenings and Maintenance
      • Check-ups
      • Physical Exams
      • Immunizations
      1. Mental Health
      • Stress Management
      • Support System
      1. Physical Injuries
      • Falls, Slips & Trips
      • Repetitive Motion
      • Falling Objects
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Understanding Health Behaviors
      4. Increasing Physical Activity
      • Discounted gym memberships
      • Sponsor employee athletic teams
      • Offer incentives to use the stairs
      1. Nutrition and Weight Loss
      • Healthy food options
      • Contest for healthy recipes
      • Weight loss support group
      1. Tobacco Cessation
      • Offer Tobacco Cessation medication
      • Provide access to Tobacco Cessation programs
      • Reduce the cost of health insurance
      1. Substance Abuse Treatment
      • Emotional, mental, or physical causes
      • Affects family and career
      • Increases the cost of healthcare
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Understanding Health Screenings and Maintenance programs
      4. Preventative Care Screenings
      • General Health Risk Assessment
      • Dental Health Assessment
      • Blood pressure
      1. Cancer Screenings
      • Breast cancer / Mobile Mammography
      • Skin cancer
      • Prostate cancer screenings
      1. Annual Examinations
      • Aid in better treatment
      • Help detect, and prevent
      1. Maintenance programs
      2. Focus on:
      • Immunizations & Flu shots
      • Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Understanding Mental Health Programs
      4. Stress Management
      • Healthy
        1. Exercise
        2. Writing a diary
      • Unhealthy
        1. Ignoring the stress
        2. Withdrawing
      1. Support Groups
      • Improve coping skills
      • Provides a safe place
      • Gain information
      1. Counseling
      • Licensed Professional
      • Help resolve issues
      • Positive environment
      1. Awareness & Education
      • Can be a taboo subject
      • Help recognize symptoms
      • A true illness
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Evaluating the Need
      4. Identifying Environmental Factors
      • Are the stairs too slick?
      • Is the lighting appropriate?
      • Are the desks at the appropriate height?
      1. Identifying common health conditions and procedures
      • Some illnesses are genetic
      • Environmental
      • Age-related
      1. Review Company Information Pertaining to Employee Health
      • Employee absenteeism
      • Incident records
      • Identify trends or problem areas
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Planning Process
      4. Forming a health & wellness team or committee
      • Human Resources Representatives
      • Union Representative or Leader
      • Regular Employee Representatives from Various Departments
      1. Defining the goals
      • How can it be implemented?
      • What is the preferred action or reaction?
      • How can the success rate be measured?
      1. Defining the budget of the strategy
      • Materials Costs
      • Outsourced Costs
      • Advertising Costs
      • Employee Time Costs
      1. Programs & Policies
      • A policy is a guideline that an employee has to follow
      • A program in this context is voluntary
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Implementation
      4. Obtaining management support
      • Management support is crucial
      • Employees follow their leaders
      1. Test it out
      • Start with a small part
      • Evaluate the response
      1. Get the Word Out
      • On the employee entrance door
      • In the break room
      • In the elevators and/or staircases
      1. Incentives
      • Motivates someone to do an action
      • It works
      • Cash incentives or gift certificates
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Creating a culture of wellness
      4. Accessible Healthy Eating Options
      • Have free fruit in the break room
      • Have discounts on healthy options in the cafeteria
      • Offer healthy cooking demonstrations
      1. Give them a break
      • Walk away from the station and reboot
      • Stretch your limbs
      1. Alcohol, Drug, and Smoke-Free Work Environment
      • Reducing absenteeism and job turnover
      • Improving productivity
      • Reducing healthcare costs
      1. Identifying and eliminating hazards
      • Physical
      • Biological
      • Psychological
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. Evaluate Results
      4. Employee Satisfaction
      • Happy customers make the company happy
      • Poll your employees
      1. Revise Plans as necessary
      • Make any changes that are needed
      • Needs and expectations
      • You must be able to adapt
      1. Share Achievements
      • People love to be praised
      • Can be a little tricky because health is a very personal subject
      • Get permission to share
      1. Practical Illustration
      2. Review Questions
      3. 2023 wellness program: Trends for healthier, happier employees
      4. Final Review
      5. Post Test
      6. Evaluation Form


“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.” – Audrey Hepburn

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