SHSM students focus on workplace wellness at certification workshop
October 15, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – SHSM students from three Upper Grand DSB high schools took part in a one-of-a-kind workshop and certification program focused on workplace wellness.
On Thursday October 10, 85 Health and Wellness SHSM students from Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph Collegiate Vocation Institute and Centre Wellington District High School met at the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph to participate in a series of certification and training sessions.
To start the day, students participated in a Stress Management Techniques certification led by Samantha Pascoal, Project Coordinator Workplace Wellness from the Career Education Council. In the session, students practiced breathing exercises, mindfulness, affirmations and grounding.
Next, students welcomed guest presenter Christy Munro from LaLuma Salon & Academy, who facilitated a Communications Skills certification that highlighted the importance of active listening, venting and knowing your “why.”
Students took a break from experiential learning for an hour to have lunch and learn about post-secondary and workplace opportunities from health and wellness exhibitors. Notably, Fanshawe College, CarePartners, the Canadian College for Massage and Hydrotherapy, and Conestoga College’s PSW program were represented at the event.
To end the day, students earned one more certification on Customer Service and Client Care in Health Care Settings from Conestoga College’s PSW program rep, Sarah Pottier. Sarah got students thinking about empathy and client dignity through a fun activity where participants practiced assisting partners with eating pudding, while their partners simulated visual and physical impairment.
By the end of the day, many students said they had learned and developed useful new skills for the workplace and for their own personal well-being.