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About the Community of Practice

The Workplace Mental Health in LTC Community of Practice (CoP) supports Ontario LTC homes to implement psychological health and safety programs, policies and practices by facilitating ongoing education and sharing of knowledge, resources and experiences among CoP members. Our goal is to promote innovation and encourage alignment with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

The CoP meets quarterly via Zoom (see Meeting Schedule below).

Purpose

The Workplace Mental Health in LTC CoP is intended to help members:

  • Enhance psychologically safe leadership skills
  • Learn from the experience of other LTC homes
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities in a psychological health and safety management system
  • Communicate about psychological health and safety in the workplace, and
  • Identify and respond to psychological hazards in the workplace.

By working together and collaborating in this CoP, you will enhance your abilities to positively impact worker mental health, recruit and retain talented LTC staff, improve employee engagement and enhance productivity and quality of care in LTC.

Discussion Forum

In between quarterly Zoom sessions, members can also connect online through the Discussion Forum.

Background

Launched in 2021, the Workplace Mental Health in LTC program provides free training and coaching support to help long-term care (LTC) homes across Ontario adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The Standard was published in 2013 and defines a systematic approach to creating and sustaining a psychologically safe and healthy work environment.

The Workplace Mental Health in LTC program is designed to help leaders and implementation teams build an organizational culture that promotes and protects the mental health of all team members, and improves workforce productivity, recruitment and retention. Our goal is to foster a happier, healthier, more resilient work environment.

The Workplace Mental Health in LTC program is led by the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), in collaboration with mental health experts, occupational health and safety organizations, unions, researchers, educators, provincial LTC associations and other stakeholders.

Membership

The community of practice is open to all current and former participants in the Workplace Mental Health in LTC program, including LTC administrators, DOCs/ADOCs, human resource managers, JHSC members, and others who are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating psychological health and safety programs, policies and practices in Ontario LTC organizations.

Terms of Use / Conduct Policy

All members of the Workplace Mental Health in LTC CoP are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. This includes:

  • The responsibility to behave in a way that does not harm or threaten to harm another person’s physical or mental well-being;
  • The responsibility to uphold an atmosphere of civility, honesty, equity and respect for others, thereby valuing the inherent diversity in our community; and
  • The responsibility to consider and respect the perspectives and ideas of others, even when the user does not agree with those perspectives or ideas.

Members of the Workplace Mental Health in LTC CoP agree to:

  • Respect privacy and confidentiality of individuals and organizations.
  • Use respectful, inclusive and appropriate language.
  • Create trust and contribute to a psychologically safe space for all members.
  • Be prepared to actively participate, ask questions, and provide feedback.
  • Embrace curiosity and remain open to new ideas and perspectives.
  • Listen to understand, not to respond.
  • Move up, move up!
    • If I know I am someone who tends to speak a lot, I will challenge myself to move up into a role of listening more. 
    • If I am someone who tends to not speak a lot, I will challenge myself to move up into a role of speaking more. 
    • If I am feeling unable to participate and need time to reflect, that’s okay!
Meeting Format
  • Meetings will be scheduled quarterly at minimum.
  • Meetings will take place on Thursdays, late morning or early afternoon, and will run for 60-90 minutes.
  • Meetings will be conducted via Zoom, using the Ontario CLRI account. Meeting notifications and reminders will be sent by email.
  • Related documents will be posted on the Workplace Mental Health in LTC dashboard on the Ontario CLRI eLearning Hub (learn.clri-ltc.ca).
  • A private, online discussion forum
  • In between sessions, members can also connect online through the Discussion Forum, enabling registered CoP members to communicate, ask questions, and share resources.

Moderators

Tegan Slot
RKin, MSc, PhD, CRSP
Lead, Specialized Services
PSHSA
613-299-2924
tslot@pshsa.ca

Jeremy Holden
HBSc, CRSP
Health and Safety Consultant, Health and Community Care
PSHSA
613-320-6602
jholden@pshsa.ca

Contact Us

For more information, contact Katrina Street, RIA Education Coordinator, at katrina.street@the-ria.ca.