This interactive, experiential workshop will focus on CMHA Peel Dufferin’s commitment to the mental health and wellness of our staff through the provision of “WRAP for Staff” at our agency. WRAP is grounded in peer support and creates a supportive environment for participants to share their experiences with mental illness and addiction. Staff participants in WRAP are guided by peer facilitators from our agency to create their own wellness toolbox, wellness plans, crisis plans, and post crisis plans. Wellness Recovery Action Planning was first offered to our staff in 2011.
WRAP for staff has created an informal support community for staff at CMHA Peel Dufferin. Staff report that they value the relationships that their participation in WRAP has helped to create with their peers. They provide informal peer support to each other while at work, or after hours. This has helped to reduce workplace stress, maintain mental wellness and further a recovery-oriented work environment.
This workshop will provide the following to participants with an overview of WRAP, a blue print of how CMHA Peel Dufferin offers WRAP for Staff and the experience of the creation of a personal wellness tool box.
– CMHA Peel Dufferin
Karyn Hand BSW, RSW has been in recovery from mental health and addictions since 1991. She has worked in Adult Mental Health since 1992 at various community agencies in the GTA. Karyn has been a Clinical Manager at CMHA Peel since September 2009. She is currently the Manager of Recovery West and the Peer Support Manager Lead. Karyn has presented mental health workshops at conferences, symposia and other large events.
Mental Health and First Responders
“When you teach 1st responders to manage difficult airways, you save patient’s lives. When you teach 1st responders how to manage difficult emotions, you save theirs”.
I wrote this tweet on the cusp of completing my research and thesis a few years ago (@WLund100). After 32 years of teaching the sciences to nurses and paramedics, I was inspired to complete a MSc in Mindfulness Studies.
There is enough evidence to suggest that working with trauma, tragedy and suffering puts first responders at risk for psychological injury. Given my proximity to the foundational concepts in curriculum, my research sharpened my proactive perspective on how to cultivate mental wellbeing in the face of adversity, not just to prevent psychopathology, but to build resiliency and foster wellbeing in those who self-subscribe to a career with adversity.
In this workshop, you’ll learn about the art and science of how compassionate-based mindfulness, the salutogenic perspective of mental wellbeing and how logotherapy can be used to build mental health and promote wellbeing proactively in first responders.
We’ll debunk the myths of mindfulness and engage in evidence-based strategies during our time together. This is not hippie-dippie stuff. It’s science based and it works.
– Wellth Management Inc.
Wendy Lund, RN, BScN, MSc in Mindfulness Studies. A full time College Professor for 32 years. For over 22 years, I lead the entire science program to paramedic students. After completing my research and thesis titled “Name it, tame it, frame it: A qualitative descriptive study investigating the experience of trauma in paramedics” I retired early to launch Wellth Management Inc.
Advancing Psychological Health and Safety
The process of creating our agencies Health Promotion Plan using the 13 Psychological Factors that the psychological standards set out as guideline for a healthy work environment. Using the Worklife Pulse tool and staff feedback we have created a document that will help our committee engage the workplace and make positive changes.
Matthew Amell: Grew up in Kenora, Ontario. Received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in 2016 and subsequently returned to Kenora to pursue a career in Mental Health. Matthew has been working as the Concurrent Disorders Specialist and Chair of the Healthy Workplace Committee since then.
Managing Stress for Managers
This workshop focuses on reducing management stress by teaching them how to cultivate compassion while setting meaningful boundaries and holding people accountable for their behaviours. The greatest obstacle to practicing compassion in the workplace is the inability to set boundaries and hold people accountable. This can lead to feeling used, frustrated and stressed! Ashley will help leaders learn how to be kinder, but firmer while separating people from their behaviours to address what they are doing not who are they are. This technique will improve wellness throughout the entire organization. When managers lead with compassion and boundaries, their stress levels decrease and the organization functions better!
– ALC Wellness
Ashley LeClair, owner of ALC Wellness, is a passionate advocate for workplace wellness. Ashley offers wellness consultation and program implementation for businesses of all sizes. Before starting ALC Wellness, Ashley dedicated her life to supporting our community’s most vulnerable members. Including homeless and criminalized women and youth as well as child sexual abuse and human trafficking survivors.