Facilitated Workshop Series

Campus Mental Health Works provides capacity-building workshops on campus mental health. Fees apply.

Burnout Recovery

The experience of burnout has become alarmingly common in recent years, with it being classified as an “occupational phenomenon” by the World Health Organization (WHO). We now realize that burnout can permeate our lives in diverse ways and sneak up on people in every vocation and lifestyle.

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand and contextualize burnout as a multidimensional concept.
  • Learn how core signs of burnout relate to key findings from the fields of motivation, goal setting and neuroscience.
  • Use a solution-focused three-step plan of action to assist in recovering from and preventing burnout in the future.


Compassion Fatigue on Campus (Empathic Strain)

Campus professionals working directly with students tend to be the first point of contact for students experiencing emotional, mental and physical difficulties. Providing this level of constant care is demanding and can encroach upon the personal well-being of staff if adequate support measures are not in place.

This workshop is a great learning opportunity for campus staff that provides tangible tools to support mental health and contribute to everyone’s well-being on campus. By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the difference between secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue/empathic strain.
  • Increase internal coping skills through various modalities.
  • Learn the 3-Rs: a framework for supporting co-workers.


Stress and Anxiety

A 2021 poll commissioned by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division found that 35 per cent of Ontarians are feeling very high or high anxiety (up from 30 per cent in the summer of 2020).  The ongoing pandemic is also causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety on our campuses.

This workshop provides a high-level overview of how stress and anxiety might impact work. It takes a particular focus on anxiety in the workplace and guides participants through the 3-R method of addressing it. By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand and contextualize stress and anxiety as multidimensional concepts.
  • Increase internal coping skills through various modalities.
  • Learn the 3-Rs: a framework for supporting co-workers.


Grief and Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many of us to change the way we go about our daily lives. With those changes, some of us are experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. For some, these losses may build up and lead to feelings of grief. Why is it important to accept and allow these feelings? Acknowledging the grief that we are going through allows us to take the steps necessary to heal.

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the complexities of grief and loss.
  • Increase internal coping skills through various modalities.
  • Learn the 3-Rs: a framework for supporting co-workers.


Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness is an evidence-based technique that has been proven to assist people with stress and anxiety. This workshop will help staff develop mindful practices, improve their ability to be fully present, offset feelings of pressure and overall become more resilient.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the components of mindfulness
  • Practice a mindfulness activity
  • Learn the benefits of mindfulness


Loneliness and Connection

Many of us have the perception that post-secondary education is supposed to be one of the most interactive times of life, full of self-discovery and long-lasting relationships. The reality is that for many, starting post-secondary education involves leaving behind valuable support systems including childhood friends, family, and even communities.

This workshop explores how loneliness is experienced on our campuses and how it may affect our mental health. By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to loneliness and isolation.
  • Learn about the interplay between isolation and connectedness and how it may affect each of us differently.
  • Start to explore ways to make meaningful connections and relationships.


Return to Campus – Mental Health Considerations

A physical return to campus has finally become a reality almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. The process of planning a safe return has not been easy as our institutions continue to navigate the dynamic nature of the pandemic and the federal and provincial policies surrounding it. Planning a safe return to campus involves carefully considering the diverse needs of various students and staff members that this transition affects.

This Campus Mental Health Works session covers the potential mental health implications and considerations as we transition back to the physical campus. This 90-minute session will focus on:

  • The potential psychological impacts of transitionary periods in life.
  • A shared discussion about our potential apprehensions and concerns with a return to campus.
  • How we can constructively approach these conversations with our teams and managers.
  • A shared discussion on aspirations for our physical work environment moving forward.
  • Actions leaders can take to support the safe return to campus.


Rest and Sleep

According to a 2020 paper on sleep quality during the Covid-19 pandemic, during isolation 66.8% of Canadians reported poor quality of sleep and 39.2% reported clinical insomnia. Meanwhile, according to Statistics Canada, more than one-third of Canadian employees reported taking less than the minimum amount of federally mandated paid vacation time (10 days) during the previous year. These findings illustrate the poor state of rest and sleep in Canada and highlight the importance of learning rest and sleep skills.

This workshop provides an overview of three different kinds of rest, based on Dan Siegel’s healthy mind platter: time in, down time, and sleep time. By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how rest and sleep are related to our mental health.
  • Learn to use tips and tools for better rest and sleep.
  • Appreciate their relationship to rest and sleep.


Transition to Workplace

The transition from post-secondary education to the workforce marks a key milestone. However, most post-secondary students do not feel prepared to transition out of school, as they often do not perceive themselves as being an “adult,” feel frustrated or unprepared, and have low self-efficacy. This leads to feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, loss or grief as they enter a new social identity. By participating in this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Identify some of the challenges that arise during the transition after graduation
  • Learn the strategies that could be used to manage those challenges
  • Navigate the resources within the community for a smoother transition


Anti-Oppressive Practice 101

As student populations on campus become more diverse, there is an increasing need to improve our understanding of how campus environments impact students’ mental health based on their unique identities. Anti-oppressive practice is an approach that provides us with the tools we need to better understand our students and their experiences in a wholistic way.

This Campus Mental Health Works session provides an overview of anti-oppressive practice and how it can be implemented in the campus mental health space. This 90-minute session will focus on:

  • Understanding the importance of anti-oppressive practices within the campus context.
  • Defining the foundational language of anti-oppressive practice.
  • Identifying how we can create change on campus through an anti-oppressive lens.


Quick Facts
duration90 minutes
formatVirtual only
participantsSmall audience (up to 20 participants) or large audience (over 20 participants)
audienceDesigned for staff (can be adapted for students)
feesContact info@campusmentalhealth.ca for fee information
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