Psychological Health & Safety

6.7 Million

This is the number of Canadians that are affected by mental and psychological health issues each and every year.

One in Five

In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issues.

Workplace Health

Addressing workplace psychological health and safety is an essential part of an organization’s overall health strategy.

Fully Online

Our convenient, flexible delivery method allows you to learn more about mental health without interrupting your career.

The University of Fredericton Offers Four Psychological Health & Safety Certificates


Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace: Basic Level

This course is applicable to learners and employees of all levels and abilities. Candidates must have an interest in the subject.

Our Basic Certificate - Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace consists of an introductory course titled An Introduction to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. The course is designed to help organizations bring their employees up-to-speed on their roles in maintaining a psychologically healthy and safe work environment, providing a stronger understanding of PH&S concepts.


Certificate in Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work

This Certificate is suitable for those in management roles supporting the individual employee experiencing emotional distress or mental health issues.

Our online Manager Certificate – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace begins with an introductory course on PH&S concepts. The focus then shifts to managing psychological health issues of individual employees. The courses provide in-depth learning on key principles and considerations for managers in supporting employees with psychological health issues, as well as enhancing emotional intelligence skills in managing emotionally distressed employees.


Advanced Certificate – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

This Advanced Certificate is designed for organizational leaders implementing workplace health and safety management systems. Those working in supervisory positions within Occupational Health and Safety units, Human Resources departments, or any other department that may be responsible for implementing an overarching organizational health strategy, including mental health, will find this Certificate to be beneficial.

Our online Advanced Certificate – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace consists of the introductory course and four additional courses. It provides a solid knowledge base about how to plan, implement and evaluate PHS programs in the context of the National Standard.


Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

No one is impervious to the negative impacts of stress. Whether you’re a front-line worker or the CEO of a company, everyone can benefit from learning strategies and skills that help you become more resilient.

Modern-day society is such that, for most of us, stress is a daily part of our lives. When demands on us exceed our personal resources, we become more susceptible to the negative impacts of stress and it can severely inhibit performance and quality of life. Designed by Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. and Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency program teaches effective coping mechanisms and strategies that lead to more productive, healthier and well-balanced lives - at work and at home.

Course Details
Basic Certificate (1 course)
Manager Certificate (3 courses)
Advanced Certificate (5 courses)
Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (1 course)
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An Introduction to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (PHS 0100)

This is an introductory course that provides an overview of the basic concepts of psychological health and safety in the workplace and is designed for learners of all levels. Students will become familiar with the basics of psychological health and safety (PHS); understand the legal, health and business case for implementing a PHS strategy within their workplace; obtain an understanding of the developments that lead to the creation of the National Standard; and be equipped with tools to begin implementing a psychological health and safety strategy within their organization. [Basic, Manager & Advanced Certificates]

Key Principles for Managers (PHS 0210)

This is an introductory course that provides managers with an overview of the basic issues that arise when managing psychological health issues at work. The course identifies fundamental concepts in dealing with psychological health issues in the workplace for managers and provides practical strategies for managers to respond more effectively in supporting employees with psychological health issues. [Manager Certificate]

Enhancing Managers' Emotional Intelligence Skills (PHS 0220)

This is an advanced course that provides skills and strategies managers can use to enhance their emotional intelligence skills in the workplace. Students will gain an understanding of their strengths as managers and identify areas for improvement; learn how to understand and manage their own negative emotions and reactions; learn how to understand and manage others’ negative emotions and reactions; learn how to implement effective communication strategies; will understand solution-focused resolution of worker conflict; and will learn about effective performance management. [Manager Certificate]

Guiding Principles of the National Standard (PHS 0110)

This course will provide students with an overview of the guiding principles of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700). Key topics include legal requirements associated with psychological health and safety applicable to the organization; respectful relationships and confidentiality; commitment and leadership; active engagement and participation of all workplace stakeholders; incorporation of psychological health and safety into existing organizational processes and policies; and development of knowledge and skills for those managing work arrangements, organization, processes and/or people. [Advanced Certificate]

Psychological Health & Safety: Planning (PHS 0120)

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to establish appropriate organizational objectives and targets with respect to psychological health and safety. Key topics covered will include: planning for management of psychological health and safety in the workplace, including assessing organizational impacts; identifying organizational data relevant to psychological health and safety; conducting an organizational review; conducting an organizational survey; analyzing and preparing a summary of results; and understanding psychosocial factors and the impact on workplaces. [Advanced Certificate]

Psychological Health & Safety: Implementation (PHS 0130)

This course provides students with the necessary skills to implement a psychological health and safety strategy within their organization. Key topics include: selecting an organization-appropriate strategy using a quality framework approach; creating an implementation plan and embedding evaluation throughout; identifying internal and external resources; considering long-term and unintended consequences; managing critical events and change management in a psychologically safe manner; and effective organizational responses. [Advanced Certificate]

Psychological Health & Safety: Evaluation, Corrective Action & Continual Improvement (PHS 0140)

This course will provide students with an overview of evaluating the impacts of psychological health and safety procedures, including taking preventive and corrective action and continual improvement. Topics include: understanding the components of effective and appropriate evaluation; performance measurement; conducting scheduled management reviews; taking preventive and corrective action; ensuring continual improvement; and, reviewing and updating organizational policies and procedures. [Advanced Certificate]

Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (EWR 001)

Through the 6-module Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course created by the University of Fredericton, students learn the strategies and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and resiliency, in both their work and personal lives. [Enhancing Workplace Resiliency]

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Program Tuition & Fees

2019 – 2020 Academic Year (CAD)

Basic Certificate

Tuition for the Basic PHS Certificate is $575.

Manager Certificate

Tuition for the full Manager Certificate is $1,725 if paid by course (3 x $575 per course) or $1,550 (discounted rate) if paid in total upfront.

Advanced Certificate

Tuition for the full Advanced Certificate is $2,875 if paid by course (5 x $575 per course) or $2,575 (discounted rate) if paid in total upfront.

Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

Tuition for Enhancing Workplace Resiliency is $299.
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UFred's Online Experience

UFred’s online students can expect:


  • An online campus that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.


  • An open registration format that frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.


  • Substantial savings realized by sponsoring agents through low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.


  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives, provided via internet delivery.

The National Standard

The Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace programs are the first in Canada to be delivered completely online with a specific focus on the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the National Standard).


The National Standard is a framework to assess and address issues that impact the psychological health and safety (PH&S) of employees. With that framework in mind, our Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace programs are designed to help participants understand PH&S concepts and their roles in keeping their organizations psychologically safe and healthy. The programs were developed by Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych., a member of the Technical Committee that developed the National Standard.

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych

Program Lead for the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

Dr. Joti Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resiliency. She is the CEO and Founder of, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and, an expanding in-office and virtual health clinic and counselling practice. Dr. Samra is also the Program Lead for the online Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at UFred. In collaboration with UFred, she has developed a number of courses and certificates for workplace leaders, managers and employees.

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This education has provided me with the increase in knowledge, as well as the necessary credentials to ensure credibility in my consulting business… I found the tie in between the implementation of the National Standard, change management principles, emotional intelligence, business case and performance measurement to provide a much more comprehensive certificate.


Bob Stenhouse
PHS Advanced Certificate

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Paul Kidston, MBA, CSP

Instructional Field(s): Sales Leadership Strategy
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Paul Kidston is a Master Sales Trainer and Sales Leadership Strategist. He owns and operates 3 brands focused on Sales Performance Improvement, including Sales Training Experts, Sales Person Assessment, and Career Watch. He has an MBA in International Marketing, and a BBA with a focus on Psychometric Assessments and Organizational Behaviour. He is a licensed MBTI Administrator, and a Certified Sales Professional (CSP) with the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He has trained over 10,000 sales and sales management professionals across Canada and developed over 50 Sales Leadership programs for universities, associations, and private/public companies.

As a published author and avid writer, he shares his sales leadership insights through his many followers on social media. Paul has over 25 years of expertise in Sales Leadership, Sales Operations, and Sales Enablement Project Planning across various industries.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has held executive management positions at two national corporations covering all aspects of sales, marketing and channel distribution. He has been a subject matter expert on projects in telecommunications, fee based medical care, hotel and property management, and host of other industries.

Paul has recently been focused on the importance of Sales Playbook Development (Standard Operating Sales Procedures) as a precursor to sales force automation. This work has resulted in the redesign of sales teams in the areas of compensation, sales channel alignment, sales enablement, and sales training deployment. Paul represents the sales profession as an academic, a leadership practitioner, a writer/author, an instructor and most importantly a supporter for Canada's growing sales force.

Michel David, MBA

Instructional Field(s): Innovation Best Practice
Faculty: EMBA

Michel David is a Professional Engineer with an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He has over 25-years of expertise in logistics, procurement, quality, manufacturing, and new product introduction processes.

Over the last 15 years, Michel has held executive management positions at three multinational corporations covering all aspects of operations. He has led outsourcing projects in China, India, and Mexico and has implemented ISO9000 quality systems in both small, less than $100 million, and large, greater than $2 billion, organizations.

Michel has recently been focused on consulting with small businesses to establish performance management metrics, improve productivity, any assist in overall business planning and strategy. He has completed a course design and teaching assignment in Operations Management as well as developing and teaching an MBA Supply Chain course at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University).

Eduardo Rodriguez, PhD, MSc., MBA

Instructional Field(s): Business Analytics
Faculty: MBA

Eduardo is an Analytics Adjunct Professor at Telfer School of Management at Ottawa University, Corporate Faculty of the MSc in Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Pennsylvania USA, Visiting Scholar Chongqing University China, Strategic Risk Instructor SAS Institute, Senior Associate-Faculty of the Center for Dynamic Leadership Models in Global Business at The Leadership Alliance Inc. Toronto Canada, and Principal at IQAnalytics Inc. Research Centre and Consulting Firm in Ottawa Canada. Eduardo has extensive experience in analytics, knowledge and risk management mainly in the insurance and banking industry.

He has been Knowledge Management Advisor and Quantitative Analyst at EDC Export Development Canada in Ottawa, Regional Director of PRMIA (Professional Risk Mangers International Association) in Ottawa, Vice-President Marketing for Insurance Companies and Banks in Colombia, Director of Strategic Intelligence UNAD Colombia, professor at Andes University and CESA in Colombia, author of four books in analytics, reviewer of four journals and with publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Currently, he is the Chair of the permanent Think-Tank in Analytics in Ottawa, Chair of the International Conference in Analytics ICAS, member of the academic committees for conferences in Knowledge Management and international lecturer in the analytics field.

Eduardo holds a PhD from Aston Business School, Aston University in the UK, a MSc. Mathematics Concordia University Montreal Canada, Certification of the Advanced Management Program McGill University Canada, and an MBA and Bachelor in Mathematics from Los Andes University Colombia. His main research interest is in the field of Analytics and Knowledge Management applied to Enterprise Risk Management.

Brent Tabor, CPA, MBA, MTAX

Instructional Field(s): Accounting, Finance
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Professor Tabor has over fifteen years of professional accounting and tax experience. The first eight years of his career were spent in public accounting and the last seven years have been in controllership roles for various companies in the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries. In addition, he has over five years of online teaching experience and six years of course development experience.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University, his MBA from Nicholls State University and his Masters of Taxation from the University of Tulsa. Professor Tabor is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University (ABD status).

Professor Tabor, his wife, and three kids reside in League City, Texas, just southeast of Houston. He is a native of south Louisiana.

Richard W. Stolz, BA, MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Finance, Economics
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Richard W. Stolz is Professor of Finance Emeritus at California State University Fullerton. He has served undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in finance and economics for more than 30 years, with faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Robert Morris University, University of Wisconsin Parkside, California State University Fullerton, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. He has served as business dean at UW Parkside, Robert Morris, and USC Upstate, and as associate dean of business graduate programs at CSU Fullerton. He earned his doctorate in economics at Michigan State University.

Dr. Stolz's teaching and research interests include corporate finance, capital markets and banking, and strategic issues in higher education. He has published in Advances in Financial, Journal of Bank Research, Economic Letters, and Issues in Bank Regulation. His current research agenda includes capital budgeting techniques and recruiting faculty for strategic advantage.

Richard has provided leadership in developing collaborative programs, such as sports management, arts management, engineering management, a dual MBA/MS Nursing program, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Other programmatic intiatives include consortial development of web-based delivery for MBA foundation courses with three other UW deans, and an on-site customized certificate program that served as a platform for the client's Enterprise Resource Planning efforts. He formed a strategic alliance with three international companies headquartered in the Midwest to develop high quality information technology professionals and to identify a University as a choice for IT education with new capabilities in data warehousing, e-commerce, and UNIX administration. He established a task force on diversity to address divergent learning styles and faculty/staff attitudes. Modeling best practices at leading businesses, the task force developed codes of conduct and professional behaviour for faculty, staff, and students.

Prior to his academic career, Richard served as a staff economist and director of regional studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he analyzed and reported on economic bank mergers and acquisition proposals and developed reccommendations pursuant to the Board's regulatory responsibilities.

Debbie Mortimer, BComm (Hons), MAcc, FCGA

Instructional Field(s): Accounting
Faculty: MBA

Professor Debbie Mortimer obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Masters of Accounting Degree from the University of Manitoba and subsequently obtained her Certified General Accountant Designation. Her work experience includes 2 years of public practice and over 17 years of lecturer/instructor experience at various universities.

In addition to the University of Fredericton, Professor Mortimer works at the University of Manitoba in the Accounting and Finance Department of the I.H. Asper School of Business instructing various courses. She has co-authored a two-volume set of textbooks in intermediate accounting.

Professor Mortimer owns her own educational consulting business, Accounting, and Computer Consulting and Training Group (ACCTG). Through this business, she performs such work as course development, training, seminar delivery, consulting, and writing engagements. She has been involved with the Certified General Accountants Association at both the provincial and national levels for over 15 years. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Education Committee and Chair of the National Professional Committee and is involved in the development and assessment of the Education and Certification national courses. Professor Mortimer was awarded a fellowship award from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada in 2006, the highest award given by the Association.

Gordon Lucas, BA, MA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Strategy, Information Systems, Marketing, Management Consultancy, eBusiness, and Big Data
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Gordon J. Lucas is a strategy consultant and scholar.

He is a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, where he teaches Bachelor and Master Degree courses on strategy and the alignment of business information systems and strategy. At the University of Fredericton, he is Professor of Strategy focusing on designing and implementing strategies that enable extraordinary growth and profits, and an Academic Board member.

Since 1990 he has advised executives on strategy (see Before 1990, Professor Lucas was Senior Vice President, Unitel (now Allstream Inc.), a Canadian communications provider, General Manager, Hitachi Data Systems Canada and Chief Operating Officer of Datacrown Inc. (now part of IBM Global Services).

Blake Escudier, BBA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Counseling, Global Collaboration
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Blake Escudier is a "Professional Academic" who practices many of the concepts and theories used in his teaching. He is the principal owner and director of Business Owner Counseling services for Entrepanalysis. Over the past 25 years Blake has been an employee, contractor, partner, and business owner. His background is diverse and has demonstrated a strong self-efficacy for helping business owners evaluate the marketing and management functions of their business. Blake helps discover the right questions then counsels the owner on a critical path towards situational solutions based on owner-desired objectives.

Blake's diverse work history ranges from a six-year tour with the US Navy nuclear power program, operations manager for import/export logistics, director of promotions for a regional broadcasting company, owner of a sports agency, business manager of a winery, director of small business economic development programs, to more than 20 years of university lecturing. Blake also gives back to the community, as evidenced by many years participating with multiple not-for-profit boards, community grant organizations, and government commissions.

As director of the 10th largest small business development program in the United States, Blake has experienced managing large economic development operations. Blake also has experience with full P/L responsibility as an owner-manager and professional-manager of multiple small businesses. This includes the financial risk or starting and operating his own businesses both online and ground-based.

Blake has a PhD from Capella University, and a BBA & MBA from Loyola University New Orleans. Blake is a principle founder of the Entrepreneurship Association of Australia, and the Entrepreneurship Association of Louisiana. He was a member of the Victoria Small Business Mentoring Service, and presently teaches the only graduate programs in Marketing Strategy, Global Virtual Team Management, and New Venture Entrepreneurship. He actively participates with the SBI (Small Business Intsitute) association.

Dr. Escudier's current research involves Business Owner Behaviour, Entrepreneurship within Dynamic Environments, and he is presently working on a book titled: "I Learned to be an Entrepreneur watching Gilligan's Island." Another recent project is the development of the "Commercial Entrepreneurship for Invasive Species" program that combines science and business students into teams with the purpose of developing commercial products that will help mitigate or eradicate invasive species.

Mona Engvig, MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Behaviour and Change, Management, Research
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Mona Engvig holds a Masters' Degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and two graduate degrees from Stanford University: A Masters' Degree in Sociology (Organizational Studies) and a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford School of Education. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a four-year Fulbright grant. 

Dr. Engvig is the author of several articles on online education, educational innovation, and various topics related to management and leadership, and has presented at several international conferences. She is the author of several books on online education, including Online Education: Practical, Theory-Based Advice for the Instructor (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2018; ). Dr. Engvig is also the co-author of Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management. 

She is originally from Norway and was a music school principal for almost a decade before arriving in the United States to further her education. Her professional focus over the last three years has been the non-technical features of eLearning, specifically pedagogical and organizational development aspects. She has worked for several eLearning companies (including Quisic, Docent, and XanEdu), and has consulted with the Stanford-Harvard eLearning venture and other entities. She is currently a faculty member at several online universities, and has taught more than 7000 students in over 500 online courses over two decades. 

Her research interests include problem-based learning, educational innovation, strategy, online education, cultural diversity, online educational leadership, and organizational development and change. 

Donald McCain, BA, MDiv, MBA, EdD

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Human Resource Management, Organizational Theory and Development
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Donald V. McCain (Don), Ed.D. is Principal of Performance Advantage Group, a consulting organization focused on improving organizational and individual performance.

Don has years of corporate and consulting experience in Human Resource Management (HRM) and HRD/OD, leadership, and marketing and sales training, with many clients being Fortune 50 and 100 companies such as Novartis, Meijer, Nortel, Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Bridgestone/Firestone, American axle and Manufacturing, and AMA International, to mention a few.

He has worked with for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. In addition to his design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, Don has done extensive work in leadership competencies and the development and implementation of professional certification programs. His work is international in scope.

Don has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for several universities (Vanderbilt, Belmont, Tennessee State University, and University of Phoenix) in various aspects of HRM, leadership, management, organization behaviour/theory, business ethics, marketing, and strategic planning. He has designed and facilitated three online global graduate MBA/EMBA courses in leadership, sustainability, and HRM, and also teaches corporate governance. He is a member of the Academic Board for the online, international MBA/EMBA program for the University of Fredericton.

Don is the author or co-author of four books, a chapter in the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, a progressive case study for SHRM National, several articles, and has also made numerous national presentations. Most recently, his publication Evaluation Basics was translated into Japanese. Don hold and Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in HRD/OD, an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University in HR and Marketing, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in marketing and economics. Don also has MA studies in Comparative Religion and Cultural Anthropology, completing all course work except the thesis.

He is married and has four children and six grandkids. Don and the family like canoeing, boating, fishing, camping and buying/selling.

James Bowen, BCom, MMgmt, PhD, PMP, CMC

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Strategic Management, IS/IT
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

At age 13 he developed his first computerized video game and at age 21 and while still in undergraduate university James co-founded a software company. Over the next 20 years he and his co-founders grew an international client base. His management experience has covered all aspects of an organization including operations, business development, product development, project delivery and strategy. His technology experience included software development and consulting with a broad range of technologies. His customer experience included government, military, industry, nonprofit and educational institutions throughout North America and in some parts of the rest of the world. 

Dr. Bowen has been interviewed on the internet, radio, magazine, T.V., and newspaper both in North America and Europe. His twitter account is on several curated lists. He has given presentations or seminars on technology and business insights. He was the sole author of two books discussing the creation and growth of high-tech product companies. He published his third book “The Entrepreneurial Effect”, which drew upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach, focused on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. The second in the series was published in 2011. His fifth book was about investing  for everyone and was published in 2020: 

He is or has been associated with 12 universities including 4 in Europe where he teaches MBAs over 12 subject areas including: technology, leadership, marketing, supply chain management, project management, entrepreneurship and strategy. In the last 18 years, he has taught over 400  courses to over 12,000 students. 

His volunteer work includes his city’s technology industry development agency’s Innovation Leadership Team. He is founding Chair of the Startup Canada Awards and he has worked on a joint United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Global Cleantech Innovation Competition as an international advisor. He wrote, for three years, the monthly theme article discussing the technology industry and its management issues for a technology industry newspaper. He currently participates as an expert advisor on Startup Canada’s Startup Twitter Chats, a twice a week that each receives 7-10 million impressions. 

He is active with technology companies and investors and regularly provides advice to technology companies, he has been on the board of mentors of start-up incubators.  

He is the inventor of an underwater localization system using passive sonar, a task management system, an archaeological object localization system that uses ultrasonic and infrared, and a 3 learning simulation games. 

He is active on social media including his podcast series on business topics which is featured by a large US book publisher.