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Self Care: The Number One Protective Factor

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The most important thing a leader can do for themselves and their organization is regulate their emotions and maintain their emotional wellbeing.

Stigma can be a barrier to asking for help but it can also be a barrier to getting engaged in self-care. Forbes reported that nearly 60% of leaders reported feeling "used up" by the end of the workday and 84% of workers admitted that poorly trained leaders created a lot of unnecessary work and stress.

The reality is leaders who are experiencing unpleasant emotions and stress are more prone to being reactive and irritable, and they are often not in tune with how their emotional state is impacting others. Mental health (i.e. behavioural health) is a pillar for self-care but it is not always intuitive. Luckily, it is always a trainable skill.

Self-care is a leader's ability to mitigate their risk for mental harm and to promote their mental health. A leader's environment can contribute to, or take away from, their overall well-being. The last line of defense for a leader is their personal psychological protection (PPP). Leaders who discover how to flourish are more prepared to cope with challenges, stress, and change than leaders who are languishing. Learning how to self-regulate emotions and cope with stress through self-care allows leaders to meet the demands of each day.

In this micro-workshop, Dr. Bill Howatt will provide you with a framework for leadership self-care. The framework provides practical guidance for how leaders can improve or maintain their emotional well-being.

Learning objectives

During this micro-workshop, you will learn about:

  • The difference between mental illness, mental injury, and mental health
  • Factors that impact a leader's ability to regulate their emotions
  • Mental fitness micro decisions and behaviors leaders can do to facilitate self-care
  • How to define an action plan


Dates: TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Atlantic)
Location: Offered via virtual training
Fee: $185 per seat +HST (discounts available)
Instructor: Dr. Bill Howatt


 Available discounts

  • Group: Purchase 3 seats or more and get a 10% discount.
  • Alumni: Get a 15% discount, on single seat purchases, if you are an alumni of our CME, MDP, HRM, or Psych Safe Leaders program(s).
  • Bundles:
    • Buy 5 seats and get a 24% discount
    • Buy 10 seats and get a 38% discount

About Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, refers to himself as a behavioural scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada's top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is on the CSA OHS Standards Steering Committee and Chair of the CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace. He is the co-creator of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards.

Dr. Bill regularly contributes to workplace mental health research such as Canada Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19's Impact on Canadians' Mental Health with the Mental Health Commission of Canada; Moving to Action: Implementing the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap; and Canada Standards Association Investigating employers' practices in response to COVID-19 for safeguarding employees' psychological health and safety in the workplace. He has 30 years clinical experience in mental health and addictive disorders.

Dr. Bill is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, and the former Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Lifeworks. Dr. Bill has created the senateapproved Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership and Certificate in Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness through the University of New Brunswick. He is the co-creator of the Psychological Health and Safety Facilitator Certificate.

Dr. Bill is a regular contributor and co-authors a blog with the CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada for WSPS Ontario CEO Health and Safety Leadership Network. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books, such as The Globe and Mail bestseller, The Cure for Loneliness, and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.

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