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Pathway to Coping

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Stress and mental health issues have exploded in the workplace and are costing Canadian businesses an estimated $33 billion a year in lost productivity and staff turnover (Source: Wilkerson, Bill. (2011). "Brain Health + Brain Skills = Brain Capital - Final Report". Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health). Research indicates that coping skills are the lead indicator for predicting employee engagement and health.

Build better coping skills

Today, more than ever, employees are discussing their struggles with workplace stress or mental health issues. At the same time, employers are concerned that their fastest growing risks are employee mental health disability and drug costs.

Many people have never learned how to cope effectively, but the good news is coping skills are teachable. Pathway to Coping provides an opportunity for individuals to develop their coping skills following a structured developmental program.


  • Develop new, more adaptive ways of coping
  • Build coping skills including problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal skills, flexibility, impulse control, empathy, relationship skills, optimism, and positive thinking
  • Get ahead personally and professionally
  • Find peace and improve relationships
  • Gain an understanding of the journey to coping with stressful situations

Pathway to Coping competencies

There are nine competencies which include a series of motivation readiness self-discovery activities. The key objective is to get you on the journey to being able to cope better with stressful situations so you can make better choices.

  • Avoiding Faulty Thinking
  • Energy
  • Human Motivation Insights
  • Positive Thinking
  • Resiliency
  • Self-Confidence
  • Relationships
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership from Within

Students completing the online course will be provided with an official Letter of Participation issued by the UNB College of Extended Learning.

Resiliency assessment

The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate your current resiliency level. We recommend repeating this resiliency assessment monthly in order to track and measure your resiliency level. Pathway to Coping can help you maintain a good resiliency level or improve a low level.

Take the assessment


Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doc in Behavioral Science, RTC, RSW, ICADC, is a highly skilled and qualified strategic HR Consultant, executive coach and mental health professional with over 25 years experience. He has delivered professional development for adult education; EFPP organizations; Nova Scotia Community College; universities; federal, provincial, and municipal governments; and public and privately owned organizations.

He founded and authored the Certificate in Management Essentials for the University of New Brunswick. For five years he authored Coach's Corner, a monthly business column for The Chronicle Herald. Today he is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail's 9 to 5 business career column Leadership Lab. He has also partnered with The Globe and Mail for the National Your Life at Work Study and publishing of 360 In Vivo, and 13 PHS Factors online assessment tools.

Dr. Howatt is currently the Chief Research and Development Officer for Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell to build upon leadership position in workplace mental health, absence and disability management and health consulting to provide new services that help organizations improve health, engagement and productivity.

In addition to his traditional academic background, Bill has also completed his Professional Coach Certification through Corporate Coach University. Most importantly, he believes we all can learn to cope and live happier lives if we get an opportunity to learn the foundational tools required to facilitate peace and happiness.

Dr. Bill Howatt is also a regular contributer to the Globe and Mail Workplace Health Series.

Tuition: $239 +HST

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