PORT Psychologically and Occupationally Responsive Treatment

PORT is a workshop and training program that enhances the treatment and rehabilitation of workers with psychological conditions by presenting an approach that integrates psychological and work-related issues, focusing on barriers to successful coping with the work situation and recovery of occupational function. It is meant to augment existing treatment and rehabilitation skills and generally enhance the competence of care providers and rehabilitation staff to treat psychologically-disabled workers in an effective and appropriate manner. It is intended to meet a range of the objectives of employers, employees and providers involved in the recovery process.

CASS Coaching Antidepressant Self-care Skills

CASS is a workshop and and training program created by Drs. Merv Gilbert and Dan Bilsker, key developers of Antidepressant Skills at Work (AS@W), a self-care guide that teaches employees skills for managing depression and low mood. It instructs participants on how to optimally implement AS@W within an organization and to coach employees in using AS@W effectively. It is a key component of a comprehensive organizational approach to improving psychological health and safety in the workplace. It is complementary to treatment by mental health professionals as well as organizational or provider programs and services that are relevant to employee mental health, such as employee and family assistance programs or provision of mental health services through extended health care plans. The training program is presented in a user-friendly, interactive, step-by-step format with examples and stories to illustrate key points.

PHAST Psychological Health: Actions Strategies & Tools

Employers increasingly recognize the importance of addressing PH+S but would benefit from guidance on how best to respond in light of real-world limitations on financial and human resources. PHAST is a facilitated strategic planning process that helps employers:

  1. identify their unique psychological health and safety concerns;
  2. design practical, relevant and cost-effective actions for enhancing psychological health and safety;
  3. implement these actions in an integrated, appropriate and sustainable manner;
  4. evaluate whether these actions worked as intended.

PHAST involves soliciting input from key stakeholders (e.g. senior executive, line managers, labour leaders or staff) with respect to organizational readiness for a set of actions that have been demonstrated to improve PH+S. This information helps determine which particular actions are most likely to be practical and effective for this organization at this time.

Customized Consultation

We also work with organizations on who have identified specific workplace issues or projects that they wish to address.  This may entail creation of customized training programs, workplace interventions or outcome evaluation.