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Global Workplace Wellness Summit 2018 Program

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Earn up to 18 Recertification credits for SHRM and 18 BRN CEC's

Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.  The Global Workplace Wellness Summit is valid for 26 PDCs options for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

November 7, 2018

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast/networking

8:30 am - Opening Ceremonies


Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief Researcher at Morneu Shepell

8:50 am - 9:45 am

Access Tools to Manage Your Wellness at Work. The Total Health Index.

Track #1 - Managing Your Wellness at Work  

Even with advances in modern medicine and technology, our emotional, interpersonal, and mental wellness continues to deteriorate, making depression the highest cause of workplace disability around the globe. Goal for this track: Empowering employees to manage their wellness at work and beyond.

Fire Side Chat with Experts

9:50 am - 10:30 am

Energy Break: 10:30 - 10:45

Dr. Karla Schroeder

Dr. Enna Trevathan

Dr. Heidi Hanna

Dr. Enid Chung Roemer

Track #1  Breakout Sessions 10:50 - 12:00 pm

The Coping Crisis: Coping Skills for a Healthy and Fulfilling Life - Dr. Bill Howatt

Looking for coping strategies to deal with a hectic career and life?

Learn Solid Coping Skills that can be used in work and life.

Life is full with challenges. How we cope with the stress of those challenges has a direct and profound effect on our happiness and mental health, particularly in the workplace. The effects of poor mental health at work seep into the overall quality of life both at home and work. Learning solid coping skills that can be used in all aspects of life, not only helps the employee but the overall organization and beyond. Dr. Howatt will facilitate a fast-paced interactive conversation on what individuals can do to positively impact their mental health, based on his book: "The Coping Crisis".

Participants will:

  • Explore the link between distress and mental health and mental illness
  • Clarify the difference between mental health and mental illness
  • Examine the positive benefits of stress
  • Understand why coping skills matter
  • Discuss the link between comping skills, resiliency and flourishing
  • Learn how adult learners can evolve their coping skills

Compassion Fatigue and Resilience - Dr. Karla Schroeder

Are You at Risk for Compassion Fatigue?

This workshop addresses the challenging aspects for those who are exposed to suffering and traumatic events in efforts to maintain health, wellness and resilience. Showing how to use tools to identify compassion fatigue. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their risk for compassion fatigue and identify methods to manage wellness and compassion fatigue. Learning methods to identify and mitigate compassion fatigue will impact both the individual, patients, families and organizations. This will be presented through participant-based-learning exercise that tie into the overall objectives. We will define, identify signs, and strategies to reduce compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Learn interactive methods to implement self-care and resiliency strategies. All defined objectives are provided with measurable results.

Participants will learn:

  • Learn updated research on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma with definition.
  • Analyze factors which lead to compassion fatigue in your work
  • Learn and use tools to identify compassion fatigue
  • Understand the implications of compassion fatigue
  • Learn and practice strategies to reduce compassion fatigue for yourself, colleagues and clients.

Reducing and Managing Chronic Diseases and Wellness - Dr. Enna Trevathan

Learn Tips to Live and Work Well with a Chronic Disease

Diagnosis with a chronic disease is no longer a death sentence. Modern science has shown us that we are able to live work and play well even with a chronic disease. Learn some strategies to staying well at work and beyond even with a chronic disease diagnosis. Health care professional and social service providers are constantly challenged with finding new and creative ways to encourage clients and employees to manage chronic disease. Come and explore some key strategies for living well with chronic diseases that will help those you work with and support

Participants will learn to:

  • Strategies to staying well at work and beyond
  • Tips to work well even with a chronic disease diagnosis

Lunch Break - 1 hour

Track #2  Designing Viable, Inclusive and Measurable Workplace Wellness Systems 

While the tradition has been to focus on physical well-being, the acceleration of mental health diseases reminds us that we are multi-dimensional. Our workplace wellness systems should address all those elements with a measurable process. Goal for this track include designing and measuring wellness, conflict resolution and the human resources impact.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Track #2  Breakout Sessions 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Aligning Wellness Competencies to Attain Human Resources Goals - Joyce Odidison


Can Workplace Wellness Systems Help Reach Human Resource Goals like Relationships, Well-being, and Productivity? 

Are you ready to expand the wellness offerings in your workplace? Explore the benefits of a wellness program to reach human resources goals. What are some key goals that a human resources team can expect to attain from a wellness program, and what are some key challenges they may face? This session will help you discuss how to apply wellness competencies to existing wellness programs to meet real needs. You will get to share and learn from peers and colleagues in this arena.

Participants will learn:

  • Align wellness competencies to their current wellness offerings
  • Strategies to quickly implement an effective wellness system
  • Align human resources goals and objectives to wellness and other core competencies
  • Network and get ideas of best practices on wellness

Measurement and Evaluation 101 - Enid Chung Roemer

Learn How Knowing What to Measure Can Change Your Outcome.

Not sure how to measure the effectiveness of your workplace wellness programs and offerings? This is a great time to find out. Learn the tools, strategies and tips available to understand if what you are offering is having the impact you desire for all employees.

Participants will learn:

  • What are the vital aspects of their wellness systems
  • How to include the right elements
  • How to measure to listen to their employees
  • The key benefits of measuring to be informed

Conflict as and Obstacle to Workplace Wellness  - Paul Osincup

Want to learn strategies to reduce conflict at work?

This session will explore creating a positive workplace culture that changes how people communicate with one another. Negativity and poor communication skills can derail the progress of leaders with the best of intentions. This session will provide participants with actionable positive communication strategies and techniques to use in the face of conflict, negativity, and difficult conversations.

Participants will learn:

Strategies to use consistent positive communication with colleagues in the face of conflict and negativity.

2:30 pm - 3:25 pm

Networking Break and Sponsors Showcase

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Plenary Session: Paul Osincup

 November 8, 2018

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Continental Breakfast/Networking

8:30 am - Announcements 


Joyce Odidison, President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.

8:50 am - 9:45 am

How to Build Workplace Wellness Systems to Foster Resilience and Relational Well-being in Times of Change and Conflict.

Track #3 increasing participation in Wellness Programs

In an era of choices and options, your organization should be creative with their wellness programs to ensure they are utilized by most employees for maximum benefit and impact. You get the most value when all your employees can visualize how they fit and can benefit from your program. Learn tips to increase engagement and participation in available wellness programs and opportunities.  This track will focus on areas such as:

Fire Side Chat with Experts

9:50 am - 10:30 am

Judah Pollack

Deborah Johnson

Sarah Deane

Margaret Moore

Energy Break: 10:30 - 10:45

Track #3  Breakout Sessions 10:50 - 12:00 pm

Employee Engagement: Sarah Deane

A Blueprint for Positive Employee Engagement: Culture, Tools, and Metrics - the Keys to your Wellness ROI

From extensive research using hundreds of data sources spanning over 50 years, we are excited to share our proven, data-driven approach for improving employee connection and engagement. Learn about the role of culture, tools, and metrics in your engagement initiatives, discuss challenges and solutions to your engagement needs, and obtain research-based insights on what others are doing successfully - walking away with practical, cost-effective strategies to up-level your wellness initiatives and increase employee engagement so that your people can perform and feel their best.

Leadership and Wellness - Increase Momentum for Effective Leadership: Deborah Johnson

Effective team-leadership starts with effective self-leadership. Learn tips and strategies to implement healthy mindsets, communication and habits to break out of unnecessary obstructions for optimal wellness in your life. Identify traps and craft language of change that will empower you to lead more effectively in this interactive session that is immediately applicable!

Harassment and Bullying at Work: Rae Ann Ianniello

Harassment and bullying can change the nature of the workplace, leaving victims and onlookers emotionally scarred. Learn strategies, tips, and techniques to help address and prevent harassment and bullying in this interactive session.

Lunch Break - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Track #4  Learning from Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Coaching 

Research informs every aspect of our lives and wellness. The field of positive psychology is less than 20 years old, yet it has made a profound impact on our learning about human interactions and positivism. Neuroscience has also given us a deeper understanding our brain while at work. Health and wellness coaching has also served to inform concrete therapeutic processes, client management strategies and impactful results to accelerate behaviour change, growth, and the success for employees and leaders at work. This track will focus on areas such as neuroscience, positive psychology and coaching.

Track #4  Breakout Sessions 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Neuroscience and Wellness - Judah Pollack

Innovation lessons from your brain

We've always thought of innovation and breakthroughs as coming suddenly as a flash of insight, but neuroscience has now taught us that while the moment of insight may be sudden, there is a whole process your brain is undergoing to get to that moment. Using the current neuroscience as a start point, this session will teach practical tools and processes developed to mimic the brain. You will learn how to be more innovative as an individual and as a leader of a team.

Health and Wellness Coaching - Margaret Moore

Want to know more about the science of wellness coaching? Learn how wellness coaching can be applied to help your work as a social worker, health care provider, physician, trainer, human resources professional and leader.

Positive Psychology and Wellness Roundtable - Sarah Deane & Joyce Odidison

Positive psychology has informed our learning on the benefits of positive interactions and relationships on our well-being. The many studies has informed our thinking and mindset on the benefits of relational well-being. This roundtable session will discuss the findings in the area of positive psychology to impact wellness at work and the support structures to stay well.

2:30 om - 3:45 pm


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Plenary Session: Margaret Moore 

Founder/CEO, Wellcoaches Corporation; Co-Director, Institute of Coaching; Instructor, Harvard Extension School

 November 9, 2018 - Post Summit Training

8:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast/networking

8:30 am - Training Commences

Coaching Skills for Workplace Wellness

This 1 day intensive is supplemented by a robust E-learning component

Attendees will complete 5 full courses: 

1. Resilience Coaching - Harnessing Positive Energy 

2. Coaching Recovery and Wellness 

3. Wellness Improvement Coaching Strategy 

4. Workplace Wellness Coaching Labs

5. Wellness Coaching Conversations Workplace

Learn to apply coaching to boost Wellness at work with: The Workplace Wellness Coaching Skills theory, models,  and practice courses to be supplemented with e-learning.

Lunch Break - 1 hour

 Part 1 

8:30 am - 12:00 noon

Resilience Coaching - Harnessing Positive Energy
Coaching Recovery 
and Wellness

Workplace Wellness Coaching Labs

1. Resilience Coaching - Harnessing Positive Energy – Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Resilience comes from the human network; thus, coaching is one of the most applicable process for enthusing and fostering resilience.

Participants will learn to:

  • Apply enhance coaching language to foster resilience
  • Examine the impact of resilience coaching
  • Improve their ability to promote resilience in coaching sessions

2. Coaching Recovery and Wellness – Time: 9:40 - 10:45 am

There are many stages of recovery, but all are enmeshed in mindset. The coaching recovery model allows the client freedom to explore their mindset about wellness, set wellness goals, create structure and processes for recovery and renewed wellness.

Participants will learn to:

  • Set recovery goals
  • Explore barriers to recovery
  • Shifting wellness mindset and perspectives
  • Co-creating wellness structure

3. Workplace Wellness Coaching Labs – Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm This session will explore case studies of wellness coaching sessions that has been used to address issues such as bullying, harassment, and to preserve mental wellness in the workplace.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the wellness improvement framework
  • Coaching with a wellness improvement lens
  • Creating and working with a wellness improvement coaching plan

Explore opportunities to apply wellness coaching to improve mental wellness at work, address interpersonal conflicts, and reduce bullying at work.

Workplace Wellness Lab cost saving measures for leaders of health and wellness initiatives in and outside organizations.

Part 2

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Wellness Improvement Coaching Strategy
•Coaching Workplace Conversations

4. Wellness Improvement Coaching Strategy – Time 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The nine-dimensional wellness improvement system has been used for over a decade to form a strong foundation for coaching wellness.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the wellness improvement framework
  • Coaching with a wellness improvement lens
  • Creating and working with a wellness improvement coaching plan

5. Wellness Coaching Conversations  – Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The workplace and life expose us to challenges, disagreements, misunderstandings, upset, hurt, anger and frustrations on any given day. The wellness coaching conversation model is used to have quick powerful release techniques that can be easily applied to groups, teams, and workplace to renew and refresh minds and bodies.

Participants will learn to:

  • The WIS®Dis-Ease Technique
  • To easily and effectively help clients through distress
  • Help clients identify the head, heart and gut reactions to stress
  • An effective way to hold wellness coaching conversations

4:00 pm - Reflections

Get 7 ICF credit hours live.  Get access to wellness coaching theory and practice by lead coach, Joyce Odidison founder of the Wellness Improvement Coaching Program and team.