September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Creating Caring Campus Communities Together
About the Session:
Healthy Campus Alberta is a community of practice with the vision to “To educate, collaborate and advocate to transform culture and create caring campus communities throughout the province of Alberta.” The presentation will tell the story of Healthy Campus Alberta and highlight key learnings in establishing a provincial collaborative focusing on post-secondary mental health and addiction. The panel will consist of key stakeholders within the community of practice (student, faculty, community, staff and administration) who will speak on the value of collaboration and how Healthy Campus Alberta is serving as a communication hub and link, bringing together post-secondary campuses across the province of Alberta. The diversity represented on the panel highlights the importance and value of engaging the entire campus community in the pursuit of meaningful culture change related to mental health and addiction.
Danielle Stewart-Smith is the coordinator of Healthy Campus Alberta. She is passionate about connecting people and facilitating collaboration through communities of practice to promote positive mental health on post-secondary campuses across the province of Alberta. Danielle has her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and a Masters in Public Health and Health Promotion from the University of Alberta.
David Grauwiler is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Alberta. David is a catalyst for connection between CMHA, the provincial government, non-government organizations, and agencies. The Provincial Office works to demonstrate the collective impact of CMHA and identify province-wide opportunities and initiatives contributing to the mental health of all Albertans.
Jessica Turowski is the Project Manager of the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation (ACMHI) fund and works on behalf of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC). ACMHI supports student-led mental health initiatives at post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Jessica is passionate about community-driven action and works to foster collaborative opportunities between campus partners, community, and government partners.
Debbie Bruckner is the Director of the Wellness Centre, University of Calgary. She has created an integrated wellness service for students representing the collaboration of Health Services, Counselling Services, and Health Promotion. The Wellness Centre has recently launched a framework for creating a healthy campus. Debbie’s particular interests include leadership, mental health, mentoring, teamwork, interprofessional collaboration, and wellness.
Dr. Andrew Szeto is the Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary. He is a Principal Investigator at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the
The University of Calgary. Dr. Szeto’s focus is on the evaluation of workplace mental illness, anti-stigma, and mental health promotion programs.
Fatima Dhooma is a student representative from the Students’ Association of Keyano College and the Alberta Students Executive Council (ASEC). She serves as Chair of both mental health committees at both organization and holds a passion for holistic health and wellbeing. She is currently a third-year student pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Food Science.
Changing the Culture of Mental Health on Campus
About the Session:
The University of Calgary joins campuses across Canada committed to enhancing the mental health of university students, faculty, and staff. The University of Calgary Campus Mental Health Strategy, launched in December 2015 commits to fostering a campus culture where students, faculty, and staff are supported, valued, included, connected and flourishing. One year following the release of the strategy, where are we now? Is the University of Calgary on track to change the culture on campus?
Debbie Bruckner began serving as Director of the Wellness Centre, the University of Calgary in 2006. The Wellness Centre is the collaboration of Health Services, Counselling Services and Health Promotion to provide wellness in body, mind, and spirit to support academic and personal success, now enhanced by new partners: the Faith & Spirituality Centre, Women’s Resource Centre, and Student Accessibility Services.
Dr. Andrew Szeto is currently the Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary. He is a Principal Investigator at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Szeto has focused on the evaluation of workplace mental illness anti-stigma and mental health promotion programs.
Katie Bobra is the Lead, Mental Health and WellBeing in WellBeing and WorkLife, Human Resources at the University of Calgary. WellBeing and WorkLife is committed to promoting and enhancing a strong culture of wellbeing and providing mental health and wellness resources for faculty and staff. Katie leads workplace mental health programs and the implementation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Katie has a Master in Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion.
Campus Mental Health: Exploring the Role of Academic Faculty
About the Session:
Mentally healthy campuses depend on many stakeholders, however, the role of faculty members has received very little attention. This presentation will highlight findings from a qualitative study exploring the ways in which faculty-student interactions affect mental health and well-being. The perspective of both students and faculty members at one Ontario university were gathered through online surveys completed by 33 students and 65 faculty members, followed by focus groups with a purposeful sample of student leaders, faculty members and organizational leaders (n=23). Qualitative, thematic analysis of the experiences that they shared highlights the important role that faculty can play in supporting (or detracting from) student mental health, as well as key challenges that they face in responding to diverse student needs. Recommendations for change include the need for contextually relevant approaches to preparing faculty with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to address the mental health needs of students.
Sandra Moll is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University with over 25 years of experience as a researcher, educator, and advocate for mental health in the workplace, school, and community. She is the principle investigator for the RECESS project, which focuses on Resilience Education to Create Educator and Student Success.