“Pathway to coping” (PWC) is a structured, developmental program will show you how to develop skills and techniques to cope better with stress and improve your ability to solve problems and to make healthy and effective decisions. It is grounded in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, which focuses on modifying dysfunctional beliefs and improving coping skills. CBT has proven to be as effective as supportive counselling or standard care in reducing psychological problems.

The key objective is to get participants on the journey to being able to cope better with stressful situations so that they can make better choices. Nine modules expose participants to a combination of resources and skills to help get them on the right pathway to coping.

Coping skills include problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal skills, flexibility, impulse control, empathy, relationship skills, optimism, and positive thinking. Developing these skills takes self-determination. The course includes a self-assessment, active learning, and an evaluation process. Pathway to Coping activities include:

  • Reading and reviewing course material covering nine competency topics. This includes the readings, videos, daily journals and self-assessment activities.
  • Personal reflections on how the competencies can improve their coping skills.
  • Quizzes to demonstrate your understanding of the course content.
  • Course evaluation.

According to Bill Wilkerson, co-founder and CEO of Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, stress and mental health issues have exploded in the workplace. These issues are costing Canadian businesses an estimated $33 billion a year in lost productivity and staff turnover. Research indicates that coping skills are the lead indicator for predicting employee engagement and health. Here’s how “Pathway to Coping” creates benefits to employers:

  • Provide a supportive social environment encouraging employees to seek help.
  • Create an engaged workforce that is motivated to succeed.
  • Reduce absenteeism and turnover rates.
  • Build positive employee/employer relationships where employees want to come to work.
  • Enhance both the psychological and physical health of your employees which will lead to higher employee job satisfaction and increased productivity.

According to unb.ca