Course Description

This course is 15 learner hours inclusive of 5 hours of live facilitated sessions. It is recommended that learners spend approximately 3 hours per week on this course. Lectures will be recorded.

Mental health is a workplace issue and for many Canadians work is the number one identified contributor for stress. The impact of mental illness continues to grow and is a significant contributor to absenteeism and disability costs in our economy. In 2003 mental illness cost the Canadian economy approximately $51 Billion, of that $49.6 billion was attributed to depression and anxiety alone. (Source: Government of Canada)

This course will explore the impacts of Canadians' mental health in the workplace, the statistics and legislation, as well as facilitating your internal capacity to develop tools to manage emotions and distress. Additionally, it will foster your ability to flourish in the workplace while learning how to promote a culture that emphasizes psychological health and safety.

Course Outline

  1. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace
  2. The Influence of Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
  3. The Influence of Stress and Emotions in the Workplace
  4. Tools for Managing Stress and Emotions
  5. Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

What You Will Learn

Participants will learn:

  • the influence of mental health and illness on functioning in the workplace
  • the effect our experiences at work have on our mental health
  • to make the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • to build skills to facilitate the personal management of stress and emotions
  • ways to develop and promote psychological health within the workplace


If you have any questions about this course, please send an email to openlearning@dal.ca


Jillian Martin is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has nearly 10 years of experience working in mental health in clinical practice, education settings and private practice. Her passion for mental health has evolved over the years to focus on perinatal mental health and women’s mental health across the reproductive lifespan and to a special interest in psychological health in the workplace.

Jillian is also passionate about building capacity through collaboration. She has worked to promote and build a Community of Health and develop a network of health and mental health professionals to enhance community wellness through collaborative practices. 

As part of this, Jillian has worked to build relationships fostering the development of workplace culture focusing on psychological health and safety. While promoting education and resource sharing, Jillian has worked to develop actionable practices that promote psychological health in the workplace focusing on strategic planning and development of health and wellness protocols.


Recommended For

This course is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the intricate relationship between mental health and functioning in the workplace. It is intended to benefit participants by building an understanding of a psychologically healthy workplace and promoting a culture that focuses on mental wellness.


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Section Title
Psychological Health in the Workplace: Managing Stress and Emotions
Oct 05, 2021 to Nov 09, 2021
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 09, 2021
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $695.00
Section Notes
This course includes five 60-minute synchronous online facilitated sessions scheduled on October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2 and November 9 from 7:00-8:00 pm Atlantic Time. It is recommended that learners sign up early so they can have access to the recommended readings and recorded lectures up to a week before the first live session. Those who cannot participate in the facilitated live sessions will be given an alternate assignment to gauge comprehension of the materials. In addition to the weekly one-hour facilitated session, participants can expect to spend approximately two hours per week in reading, reflection and assignment preparation. The final assignment will be due on November 16.
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