UNB’s College of Extended Learning teaches psychologically safe leadership

Posted on May 05, 2021 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments


Belinda Elliott-Bielecki


Anxious. Distracted. Depressed. These days, who wouldn’t be? But there’s hope for business leaders busy guiding their companies towards better times. That’s where the University of New Brunswick’s College of Extended Learning (CEL) comes in.

Its three-course certificate program in Psychologically Safe Leadership (CPSL) helps executives and managers navigate this unprecedented time by teaching them skills designed to keep their workplace psychologically safe.

Belinda Elliott-Bielecki, the UNB CEL’s Director of Marketing & Communications, puts it this way: “CPSL is designed with the professional in mind. Many are working from home, juggling the challenges of raising a family or caring for aging parents with the new remote workplace’s demands. These short courses are delivered online so participants can work at their own pace, anytime, from anywhere.”

The program explores key skills necessary to be psychologically safe and to support the total well-being of employees. CPSL offers insights on dealing with crisis situations in the workplace and shows leaders how to support employees at risk due to impairment, substance use, and mental health concerns. The best part is it provides steps to creating an action plan to become a psychologically safe leader.

That’s a good thing. Research shows that 60 per cent of Canadian employees experience stress every day at work and 500,000 miss work each week due to mental illness.

UNB’s College of Extended Learning is a leader in continuing education in Canada, specializing in management and leadership, human resources, occupational health and safety and more. Its CPSL is a university senate-approved program created by Dr. Bill Howatt, a renowned expert in workplace mental health and former chief of research for the Conference Board of Canada who has authored 40 books and 400+ articles on the subject.

“Workplaces play an important part in mental health,” Elliott-Bielecki says. “As leaders, we need the tools to keep our workplaces psychologically safe. The CPSL provides that.”

That’s important. Especially these days. •


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