8:30 AM

Opening Remarks & S2E Updates

8:50 AM

Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D, Ed.D
Founder & President
Howatt HR Consulting

KEYNOTE: Best Practices for Mental Health Leadership 

This session introduces psychological safety in the workplace and the role that leaders must establish and maintain a psychologically safe workplace. Topics will include what defines psychological safety, what are the key behaviours that leaders need to model to foster trust, and finally how to recognize and address issues as they come up. 

9:55 AM

Tyler Beauchamp 
Program Management Consultant, Stakeholder Engagement

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

HSEP - Achieving Excellence in Mental Health Prevention 

Applying the Health & Safety Excellence Program (HSEP), the session will share best practices, testimonials to achieve a healthy mental workplace, share the journey of employer, and the use of culture survey to measure results.  

10:45 AM

Jackie Sam, BSc, DC, MPH
Health and Safety Consultant


Glenn Cullen
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Overview of Occupational Stress Injury Resilience (OSIR) index

In this presentation, we will review the results of a research project undertaken by Dr. Bill Howatt (Conference Board of Canada) and Public Services Health and Safety Association to create a non-diagnostic screening to assess occupational stress injury risk among first responders and frontline healthcare workers in Canada. The presentation will review the needs employers and stakeholder groups expressed with regards to managing mental health prevention in the workplace. We will also review the research findings and key factors that have been identified have been most supportive of positive mental health in the workplace. 

11:45 AM

Lunch, Networking & Visit the Exhibitors

12:45 PM

Colin Chan
Provincial Manager - Psychological Trauma Program
CBI Health Group

Dr. Elisabeth Saxton, R. Psych.
National Director of Mental Health Services
CBI Health Group

Occupational Therapy & Psychology – A Collaborative Approach to Return to Work

Mental Stress Injuries, both chronic and traumatic, impacts many workers, particularly First Responders and Public Safety Personnel. Despite valiant efforts made by municipalities/regions and employers, evidence suggest that current services are often inadequate and ineffective. 

Treatment guided by both Occupational Therapists and Psychologists with expertise/experience specifically in this unique area of practice is critical to the success of the worker. Evidence informs us that a collaborative, trauma informed approach that includes but is not limited to psychoeducation, coping skills, behavioural activation, and elements of cognitive restructuring/trauma processing - with a focus on return to function and return to work - yields the best outcomes with respect to return to work. 

Access to the right treatment at the right time can offer hope. CBI Health's Trauma Program has shown revolutionary clinical outcomes with 97% positive outcomes upon discharge. 

This workshop will share best practices in the area of mental health and return to work, and highlight the outcomes that may be possible with access to the right treatment/provider. 

2:00 PM

Liz Horvath
Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Addie Greco - Sanchez
AGS Rehab Solutions Inc.

Mental Stress Claims: Practical Strategies to Support Successful Return to Work

When a worker has been off work for a leave related to a mental illness, returning to work can be a difficult transition. Creating a successful return to work plan requires more than simply trying to accommodate the worker's limitations. It's about supporting their ability to succeed, and that takes a willingness to dive deeper into understanding both the worker's needs and how to remove barriers that create and perpetuate participation restrictions. This session provides an overview of the keys to successful return to work, and practical tips from real success stories. 

3:15 PM

Toni Ducey-Harrington
Homewood Health Centre

Charlene O'Connor
Clinical Research Associate
Homewood Health Centre

Cognitive Impairment and Rehabilitation Strategies to Improve Work Functioning 

Impairment caused by Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health conditions are among the significant contributors of work absence and reduced work performance in the working population. Different cognitive rehabilitation techniques and combinations in addition to pharmacotherapy can be helpful in addressing various cognitive deficits but are often not included in treatment despite knowledge that these mental health conditions impact one’s executive functioning. This session will summarize the current knowledge of various cognitive rehabilitation training strategies and present information about Homewood’s approach to improving attention as well as memory deficits and problem-solving training that improves functioning and ability to manage work tasks. 

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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