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College of Extended Learning

Pathway to Coping

CMPW 1050

Master your coping skills

Everyone has experienced a form of anxiety, stress, or frustration in their life that prevented them from performing their best, whether it be at home or in the workplace.

If you are tired of being frustrated, stressed, feeling hopeless or overwhelmed, and are concerned about your mental health, this course can help. It will show you how to develop skills and techniques to cope better with stress, improve your problem-solving skills, which can lead to more internal peace.

People with low levels of coping skills are at higher risk for mental health issues and mental illness than those with high levels. Gaps in coping skills inhibit the ability to solve problems and to make healthy and effective decisions.

Pathway to Coping aims to help anyone manage stress or deal with persistent symptoms and is grounded in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach.

The CBT approach focuses on modifying dysfunctional beliefs as well as improving coping skills. Studies have shown that CBT was more effective than supportive counselling or standard care in reducing psychological problems.

Pathway to Coping is an online course that gives every participant the tools they need to develop coping skills in a structured, developmental program.

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How does it support your organization?

It will support business leaders in their understanding on how and why coping skills directly affect business results. Mental-health issues left unchecked can influence the frequency, intensity and duration of performance issues.

In the end, a business’s success is dependent on what employees think and then do – in that order. Mental health is the top reason for workers to be on short-term disability leave, and the cost of chronic illnesses is also rising.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada states that about 30 per cent of short- and long-term disability claims in the country are attributed to mental health problems and illnesses. The overall economic burden caused by mental illness in Canada totals about $50-billion each year, and a staggering $20-billion of that stems from work-place losses.

Business leaders who increase their mental-health literacy are less likely to assume that there are no solutions.

How does Pathway to Coping work?

Our course is delivered completely online and people can register whenever it is convenient. There is no time schedule as you work at your own pace and you have access to the course for 2 years.

Pathway to Coping consists of the following components:

  • Nine competency topics - Read and review all the course materials related to the nine competency topics in the order provided. This includes the readings, videos, daily journals and self-assessment activities.
  • Module reflections - This activity enables students to consider how the competencies can improve their coping skills.
  • Course quiz - This activity demonstrates students' understanding of the course content.
  • Course evaluation - This activity documents students' value of the course and what they have learned.

Pathway to Coping: Nine competencies can take you on the path to coping mastery

The course presents the nine competencies using a three-stage model that includes:

  • Stage 1: A foundational stage of grounding core competencies for developing coping skills.
  • Stage 2: Moves from foundation to development skills that focus on teaching students how to influence their thinking to cope with life's stresses.
  • Stage 3: Moves from development to mastery skills that influence how effectively students cope in life.

The presentation of each competency provides students with a journey of self-discovery. Through thought-provoking information and self-assessment students will gain the knowledge they need to develop coping skills. However, their journey has just begun. Real success depends on their motivation and willingness to practice the skills taught. Skill development takes practice.

Therefore, it is suggested that students take an approach to study that will allow them to give considerable thought and practice of each competency. For example, it would be effective to engage with one competency per week. This would give time to reflect on a competency before engaging in another. The entire course takes on average 15-18hrs to complete, but times vary depending on the participant.

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.

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In addition, two e-book resources are complimentary learning materials for the Pathway to Coping online course.

Pathway to Coping book cover

The Coping Crisis book cover


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.

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 contributor to the Globe and Mail Workplace Health Series.

Tuition: $239 +HST

Organizational Discount: Multi-seat licensing and discounts are available. Contact an account manager for more information.

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