Workshop helps keep employees healthy

MORNING STAR STAFF, November 7, 2007

Mental health issues cost the workplace in decreased productivity and health care payments. 

Dr. Gordon Davidson, a Vernon workplace psychologist, offers a workshop for managers, owners, human resource and rehabilitation staff.

"Psychological conditions are now the greatest source of disability claims for employers. Early detection and efficient management of these conditions are critical in terms of reducing employee distress and increasing productivity and employee retention," he said.

The workshop will cover psychological conditions in the work place, including depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. It will also give information about managing difficult employees with psychological conditions, such as personality disorders, who can be responsible for toxic office politics and dealing with employees with learning/intelligence limitations or ADHD, which can com-promise productivity and create interpersonal problems.

Davidson will talk about dealing with workplace trauma like violence and injuries and prevention and early identification of mental health issues as well as supporting. Employees with mental health issues through counseling, coaching, mediation and return-to-work programs. Davidson has extensive experience with employees experiencing psychological conditions and has taught university level courses in psychology, social work and education and has had his research published and presented nationally and in Europe. He has a private practice in Vernon.

The Mental Health in the Workplace workshop takes place Nov. 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Futures North Okanagan office at 3105-33rd St., Vernon. The cost is $20. For registration see