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Thriving Not Surviving – Sustainable Wellness

Instructor: Steven Langer

Dates: Saturdays; October 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

Location: Virtual

Cost: $175

Course Description

More than ever, mental health and wellness is an important aspect of a healthy workplace culture and environment. When people are healthy and organizations focus on wellness, it leads to loyalty and engagement, higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and illness, and a better overall workplace.

This 12-hour, 4-week virtual course prepares the leaders and aspiring leaders for effectively leading their organization, school, or team to a healthy workplace culture, focused on wellness. Participants will learn foundational concepts of wellness, including the dimensions of wellness, social determinants of health, as well as review policies and research related to wellness initiatives.

Through engaging content and challenging topics, we dive deep into what makes your organization thrive, risk factors, metrics for success, and how to develop a strategy for wellness that will lead to a healthy, productive, and successful team. Participants will transfer theory to practice through group learning, wellness assessments, and development of wellness strategic plans for their organization.

Course Structure

The 12-hour course is structured to include lectures, discussion groups and activities, including wellness assessments and strategic planning. The course will run for 4 consecutive Saturdays from October 14 – November 4, 2023 at 9 am to 12 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

DateTopicAssigned WorkAssessment
Week 1– Foundations of wellness
– Dimensions and pillars
– Social Determinants of health & CSH model
     Letter to my past self
Week 2– Managing Burnout, stress and anxiety
– Personal Wellness
   Personal wellness assessment and wellness plan
Week 3– An Indigenous perspective on wellness
– Nutrition and wellness
Guest Speaker 
Week 4– The role of Leadership in championing wellness
– Positive Psychology and wellness
Guest SpeakerSite-based wellness strategic plan

Course experiences are designed with the expectation that all members will be fully involved in all classes and in all coursework experiences. We expect that you will not be absent from class, with the exception of documented instances of personal or family illness or for religious requirements. If for any reason you do need to be absent from the class, please contact Steven Langer at steven@wellbydesign.ca prior to the class to make alternative arrangements for completion of coursework and lessons. Course sessions may be recorded to allow for those who are not able to take part with a valid reason to review the course at a later date. Students who do miss a class may be required to complete an additional assignment such as a reflection paper on the content of the missed class.

Steven Langer

I have had an incredibly rich career, with over 15 years experience in the education system as a Teacher, Principal, Director of Curriculum and subject lead for Wellness Education with Alberta Education, and Executive Officer with a provincial governance organization.

A Masters of Leadership in Education, along with a degree in physical education, have supported the work I have done at all levels of organizations. I understand the unique needs of employees, executives and organizations. With coursework in change management, organizational behaviour, executive human resource management, policy development, strategic planning and financial management, I bring a wealth of knowledge and lived experience to my role as a consultant. As a father of two and husband, life at home is rich, fulfilling, and at times overwhelming. I am incredibly fortunate to have the support of my family and friends in my life. To build wellness into my own life, I enjoy connecting with nature through hikes and off leash visits with my dog, as well as tennis, golf, camping and sailing.

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