2-Day Mental Health and Corporate Wellness in the Workplace Certificate Program

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Continuing Education Credits:

  • HRCI – 14 HR(General) Credits
  • SHRM – 14 PDC’s

Schedule: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Both Days (Detailed Agenda Below)

In these uncertain times, organizations are striving to establish a new balance in the workplace. This involves ensuring stability and providing assurance amidst the volatile, unpredictable environment. At the core of all high-performing organizations lie healthy, productive individuals who drive progress and success. As such, it is imperative to protect and promote mental health within the professional sphere, particularly for those in managerial roles tasked with supervising and guiding others.

Our 2-Day Mental Health and Corporate Wellness in the Workplace Certificate Program is an essential step towards this goal. This comprehensive training will empower you with crucial knowledge and practical tools to create a robust work environment that prioritizes both physical and mental health. The program is specially designed to assist you in recognizing the signs and symptoms of various mental health conditions, understanding their impact on performance and productivity, and acting effectively to support affected individuals.

This course is not merely about mental health awareness. It’s about transforming the culture of your organization to be inclusive and supportive, allowing individuals with mental health conditions to participate fully and equitably in the workplace. We will guide you through implementing comprehensive mental health strategies, creating wellness programs, and promoting healthy behaviors. You’ll also learn about mental health legislation, such as the Mental Health Parity Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, and how they intersect with corporate policies.

Moreover, we will provide insights into the role of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and their benefits. We will delve into the crucial aspect of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its provisions for reasonable accommodation. We will also discuss how to create a culture of wellness by promoting healthy eating, encouraging breaks, and maintaining a substance-free environment, along with strategies for evaluating program results and sharing achievements.

The training concludes with a glimpse into the future: we’ll discuss the trends expected in 2024-2025 for healthier, happier workplaces. By participating in this program, you’ll be well-equipped to lead your team toward better mental and physical health, foster an environment of understanding and empathy, and ultimately drive higher productivity and performance.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding what employee well-being and mental health is
  • Understanding why mental well-being is important in the workplace
  • Understanding how mental health affects employee performance
  • Understanding what factors affect employee well-being and mental health
  • Understanding what the 7 pillars of employee well-being are
  • Understanding what the most common mental health issues in the workplace are
  • Mental Health Facts & Statistics
  • Covid-19 and Mental Health
  • Remote Working & Mental Health
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Understanding how to support employees suffering of:
  • Stress/burnout
  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Dermatillomania / Trichotillomania
  • Personality Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Understanding how to support employees suffering of:
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Understanding how to support employees suffering of:
  • Eating Disorder
  • Obesity
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Practical Illustrations
  • Review Questions
  • Mental Health Parity Act
  • What it is?
  • What does it mean for benefits?
  • What is an example of Mental Health Parity
  • 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)
  • 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 and how to advocate to upper management
  • 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
  • Flexible work arrangements and work-related wellbeing
  • Risks to Mental Health at Work
  • Dealing with the Mental Health stigma
  • How Leaders Influence Mental Health
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health Survey
  • Mental Health Days Off
  • Additional Resources for employees
  • Understanding the role of organizations in valuing mental health
  • Mental Health Predictions for 2024
  • What is a Health and Wellness Program?
  • How a health and wellness program can reduce healthcare costs for both the employee and the company
  • Types of Health and Wellness Program
  • Health Behavior Programs
  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Nutrition & Weight Loss
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Health Screenings and Maintenance Programs
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Evaluate the Need for a Health and Wellness Program
  • Planning the Process for a Health and Wellness Team or Committee
  • Implementation of the Health and Wellness Program
  • Create a “Culture of Wellness”
  • Evaluating the Results of the Program

Target Audiences

  • Human Resources Professionals: They play a crucial role in employee well-being and can apply these skills to support staff effectively.
  • Managers and Team Leaders: Equipping them with mental health training can help in creating a supportive work environment.
  • Health and Safety Officers: As they are responsible for the physical and mental well-being of employees.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Providers: Professionals who offer confidential counseling services to employees.
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinators: Those who develop and manage wellness programs within organizations.
  • Small Business Owners: They often don’t have dedicated HR or wellness teams, so this training can be particularly beneficial.
  • Educators and School Administrators: They can apply these skills in their educational institutions, which often mirror workplace environments.
  • Healthcare Professionals: Such as nurses, doctors, and therapists who can integrate this knowledge into their practice.
  • Union Representatives and Labor Leaders: They can use the training to better advocate for members’ mental health needs.
  • Non-profit Organization Leaders: Especially those working in community health and welfare sectors.
  • Government Employees: Particularly those in departments dealing with labor, health, or social services.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Teams: To integrate mental health awareness into their CSR initiatives.
  • Freelancers and Remote Workers: Who might face unique mental health challenges in isolated work environments.
  • Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders: Given the high-stress nature of their jobs, this training can be highly relevant.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officers: To ensure mental health initiatives are inclusive and cater to diverse workforces.

Day 1: Focusing on Mental Health

  • Introduction to Employee Well-being and Mental Health: Understanding the basics of mental health and its importance in the workplace, including its impact on performance and various factors that influence it.
  • Six Pillars of Employee Well-being: Introduction to the six key areas that contribute to a healthy, balanced working life.
  • Common Mental Health Issues in the Workplace: Examination of common mental health conditions, their signs, and symptoms.
  • Supporting Employees with Mental Health Conditions: Detailed strategies and approaches for supporting employees dealing with conditions such as stress/burnout, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and more.
  • Mental Health Legislation: Overview of the Mental Health Parity Act, its implications for benefits, the FMLA, and their interconnectedness.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Exploring the role, benefits, and cost considerations of EAPs.
  • ADA & Reasonable Accommodation: Detailed look into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), its definition of disability, and the process of providing reasonable accommodation.
  • Workplace Culture and Mental Health: Examination of topics like flexible work arrangements, mental health stigma, leadership roles, suicide prevention, and more.

Day 2: Establishing a Health and Wellness Program

  • The Importance of Employee Well-being: How employee well-being affects productivity, healthcare costs, absenteeism, and turnover.
  • Types of Health and Wellness Programs: Overview of various programs, including those focused on nutrition, weight loss, tobacco cessation, health screenings, mental health, and injury prevention.
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviors: Strategies for promoting physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation, and substance abuse treatment.
  • Health Screenings and Maintenance Programs: Detailed exploration of preventative care screenings, general health risk assessments, annual examinations, and more.
  • Mental Health Programs: Overview of stress management techniques, support groups, counseling services, and educational efforts.
  • Evaluating the Need: Identification of environmental factors, common health conditions, and procedures, as well as reviewing company information related to employee health.
  • Planning Process: Forming a health & wellness team, defining goals, and budgeting.
  • Implementation: How to obtain management support, test out the program, promote the program, and motivate employees with incentives.
  • Creating a Culture of Wellness: Strategies for promoting healthy eating, encouraging breaks, maintaining an alcohol, drug, and smoke-free environment, and eliminating hazards.
  • Evaluate Results: Techniques for measuring employee satisfaction, revising plans as necessary, and sharing achievements.

The training concludes with a look at trends for a healthier, happier workforce in 2025, and a final review and post-test.

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