Pathway to Coping

Pathway to Coping Online Course

CMPW 1050

According to Bill Wilkerson, co-founder and CEO of Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, stress and mental health issues have exploded in the workplace. These issues are costing Canadian businesses an estimated $33 billion a year in lost productivity and staff turnover. Research indicates that coping skills are the lead indicator for predicting employee engagement and health.

Many people have never learned how to cope effectively, but the good news is coping skills are teachable. Pathway to Coping provides an opportunity for individuals to develop their coping skills following a structured developmental program.

Build Better Coping Skills

Today more than perhaps any time in history employees are discussing their struggles with workplace stress or mental health issues. Conversely, employers are concerned that their fastest growing risks are employee mental health disability and drug costs.

Many people have never learned how to cope effectively, but the good news is coping skills are teachable. Pathway to Coping provides an opportunity for individuals to develop their coping skills following a structured developmental program


Coping skills include problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal skills, flexibility, impulse control, empathy, relationship skills, optimism, and positive thinking. Developing these skills takes self-determination. The course includes a series of motivation readiness self-discovery activities available in each module. The key objective is to get participants on the journey to being able to cope better with stressful situations so that they can make better choices.

  • Avoiding Faulty Thinking
  • Energy
  • Human Motivation Insights
  • Positive Thinking
  • Resiliency
  • Self-Confidence
  • Relationships
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership from Within
UNB Pathway to CopingBenefits of the course:
  • Develop new, more adaptive ways of coping
  • Get ahead personally and professionally
  • Find peace
  • Improve relationships

Students completing the online course will be provided with an official Letter of Participation issued by the UNB College of Extended Learning.

Resiliency Level Assessment

The purpose of this screen is to allow you to evaluate your current resiliency level. It is suggested to repeat this resiliency monitor monthly to track and measure your resiliency level. Individuals with high levels of resilience are more likely to experience positive mental health than those with low resiliency levels. Pathway to Coping provides resources to help you maintain a good resiliency level.

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William Howatt - Pathway to Coping

Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doc in Behavioral Science, RTC, RSW, ICADC, is a highly skilled and qualified strategic HR Consultant, executive coach and mental health professional with over 25 years experience. He has delivered professional development for adult education; EFPP organizations; Nova Scotia Community College; universities; federal, provincial, and municipal governments; and public and privately owned organizations.

He founded and authored the Certificate in Management Essentials for the University of New Brunswick. For five years he authored Coach's Corner, a monthly business column for The Chronicle Herald. Today he is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail's 9 to 5 business career column Leadership Lab. He has also partnered with The Globe and Mail for the National Your Life at Work Study and publishing of 360 In Vivo, and 13 PHS Factors online assessment tools.

Dr. Howatt is currently the Chief Research and Development Officer for Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell to build upon leadership position in workplace mental health, absence and disability management and health consulting to provide new services that help organizations improve health, engagement and productivity.

In addition to his traditional academic background, Bill has also completed his Professional Coach Certification through Corporate Coach University. Most importantly, he believes we all can learn to cope and live happier lives if we get an opportunity to learn the foundational tools required to facilitate peace and happiness.

Articles and Resources

Pathway to Coping instructor, Dr. Bill Howatt, is a regular contributer to the Globe and Mail Workplace Health Series.

Tuition: $239.00 +HST

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