PHS subject matter expert touts robust nature of UFred’s PHS Advanced Certificate
Bob Stenhouse has a storied career history.
“I am a former deep undercover cop who posed as a murderer, hitman for hire and crime boss.”
Bob worked with top RCMP undercover operatives in Canada, where he was a pioneer and leader on the internationally recognized investigation team specializing in cold case homicide infiltrations.
But after many years on the job, he wrestled with the loss of identity, anger, disillusionment, shame, frustration and fear of the unknown. Eventually, these feelings started taking their toll on Bob. Years later, when the condition was still relatively unknown, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress.
So Bob set out to seek redemption and clarity both at the personal and professional levels, which he says continues to be a journey towards increased understanding, resiliency, wisdom and grace.
As part of his efforts to influence critical change, Bob is now the Principal Director of Veritas Solutions, a boutique firm with expertise in workplace and regulatory investigations, psychological safety implementation, workplace culture assessments and leadership development with dynamic corporate training in these areas. He has many colourful stories and experiences that form a unique backstory to his corporate training and public speaking engagements.
As a consultant, trainer and public speaker, as well as a champion of psychological health and safety in the workplace, he is always seeking more education and ways to improve.
“As I provide workshops in this area, I was looking for a more robust course than that offered by CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association),” he said. “A trainer, speaker and subject matter expert needs to have both the education and practical experience behind them.”
In February 2020, Bob was a keynote speaker at a health and safety conference. While looking at the exhibition booths, he came across the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta. He chatted with the representative who told him about the partnership with the University of Fredericton and the Psychological Health and Safety programs. He registered in the Advanced Certificate program two days later and said he was very impressed.
“This education has provided me with the increase in knowledge, as well as the necessary credentials to ensure credibility in my consulting business,” he said, adding that psychological health and safety is not only the foundation for high-performing teams; it’s the right thing to do.
Bob is one of the first graduates of the partnership between UFred and WCB Alberta, which offers those who live and work in Alberta a significant discount on PHS programs, which include certificates at the Basic, Manager and Advanced levels.
“As I was familiar with the National Standard and other content through my CMHA certification, there was some ‘refresher’ type of content related to the 13 psycho-social factors, etc. However, I found the tie in between the implementation of the Standard, change management principles, emotional intelligence, business case and performance measurement to provide a much more comprehensive certificate,” Bob said.
UFred’s PHS Advanced Certificate is entirely online and consists of an introductory course, plus four additional courses. It provides a solid knowledge base for how to plan, implement and evaluate PHS programs in the context of the CMHA’s National Standard (a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work). It is designed for organizational leaders implementing workplace health and safety management systems or anyone else that may be responsible for implementing an overarching organizational health strategy. It’s also for people like Bob, who travel the country to tout the benefits of a solid psychological health and safety in the workplace plan.
Bob believes that by being proactive, organizations can improve performance and mitigate legal risks.
“Too many people are being harmed at work due to an absence of psychological health and safety. Psychological violence, like harassment, bullying and sexual harassment, is destroying lives, workplaces and the bottom line of productivity. It is also against OHS laws,” he said.
Bob also has a Master’s Degree in Humanities and certificates in Psychological Health and Safety from the CMHA, Change Management, Regulatory Investigations, and is a Road to Mental Readiness Trainer and an Emotional Intelligence facilitator and trainer.
“The more I can bring awareness and desire for change – and help organizations implement a psychological health and safety management system – the more I can work within my passions and continue to contribute to the greater good of our workplaces and society as a whole,” Bob said.
He particularly enjoyed the program’s flexible nature.
“As an early riser, I enjoyed the ability to self-pace through the five main courses that made up the advanced certificate.” He said.
In addition to his consulting business, public speaking and training, Bob practices self care by doing outdoor mountain activities, like skiing, mountain biking, scrambling and hiking. He also sings in a rock and roll cover band.