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How Mental Health First Aid works and why it’s needed

This interactive program helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness By Stephen James Landry One in five Canadians will experience a mental-health problem this year with a cost to the economy in excess of $50 billion, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Given the prevalence of mental-health issues, it is…

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Self-care can combat burnout for career development practitioners

How CPDs can develop a self-care plan to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout By Dr Michael Sorsdahl Career development practitioners (CDPs) are helping professionals who get drawn into their line of work due to their desire to help others. Jacobson’s research[1] in 2012 demonstrated that helping professionals often have a tendency to put others’ needs…

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How CDPs can help clients with disabilities navigate legislative changes

Practitioners must stay informed about legislative changes and be aware of provincial programs to best serve their clients By Jaclyn Krane As career development practitioners, we are often tasked with helping people make sense of their lives both within and outside of the workplace. We help people understand who they are and how their talents, skills…

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Well-being-based career practices and interventions for preventing and treating mental illness

Career development practitioners should take a holistic approach, supporting their clients’ mental health while helping them navigate career planning By Derrick McEachern Career planning is a mental-health intervention and a well-being practice. What people do each day shapes who they are and how they feel about their daily lives. People who are disengaged from their…

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Building resilience can have a positive impact on career transition

  How clients can learn to recognize stressors and develop strategies to better manage them during career change By Mary Ann Baynton Any transition in life can be stressful. Career transition in particular often happens at the same time as other life stressors, including personal, family, health or financial concerns. Recognizing our current reactions to…

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Overcoming barriers to returning to work after a mental-health leave

  Career development practitioners can work alongside health professionals to help clients consider all possible return-to-work options during their recovery By Dr Marie-Helene Pelletier  The facts are clear: mental-health issues represent on average more than 30% of long-term disability (LTD) claims (Mental Health Commission of Canada), with half of those claims for depression (Sun Life Financial).…

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