Dr. Marie -Helene Pelletier, PhD, MBA
Managing the intersection of business strategy and workforce psychology has never been as critical for organizations. The pandemic’s new context has heightened the need for incorporating both in workplace actions and planning.
Dr. Marie Helene Pelletier brings these elements and more to both her work and her presentations. A bilingual practicing psychologist with experience in clinical, counselling, and advisory workplace psychology, Marie-Helene holds a Ph.D. in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Throughout her career in Business Management and Psychology, she has spearheaded a national and international dialogue on the crucial issues of Leadership Resilience and Workplace Mental Health including burnout prevention.
Drawing on her extensive experience, including head of workplace mental health strategy at Sun Life Financial and her teaching at the University of British Columbia Business School, she brings workplace expertise on mental health and on resilience as a key pillar of overall health and sustainable innovation.
She is a Member of the Global Clinical Practice Network of the World Health Organization, and past Director on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology.
She has presented, authored and co-authored a number of industry and academic publications and was won numerous academic and industry awards, including the Industry Leadership Award from Benefits Canada.
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- CHANGE AND RESILIENCE – the future of work in 2021 and beyond
The pandemic continues to impact workers and the workplace in multiple ways. Some impacts are an acceleration of pre-existing trends. And some are new. But one thing is clear – many of these changes are far-reaching and here to stay.
In this presentation, workplace mental health expert Dr. Pelletier brings together her weekly work as a practicing psychologist with current research in workplace psychology to help your organization understand these changes at individual, team and organizational levels.
More importantly, she highlights the ways that organizations can both manage these changes and turn them to their advantage. By approaching our pandemic and post-pandemic world with curiosity, agility and resilience, we can not only adapt to change, we can thrive.
- Identify key forces impacting the mental agility of your workers and your workplace
- Understand psychological implications
- Learn ways to improve how individuals, teams and organizations can maintain resilience
- YOUR MENTAL WEALTH: Investing in a growth mindset in a pandemic world
Our mindset significantly influences our mental health. It impacts how we’re able to manage demands, how we communicate and interact, and how we manage our wellbeing. Our mindset can also help us recognize if we are close to burn out – and act early to prevent it.
How do you nourish a growth mindset, especially today when a pandemic continues to change and challenge our world? In this keynote Dr. Marie- Helene provides research-based tips to help you strengthen your mindset and mental health resilience, for today and beyond.
- Identify how to act proactively and see both opportunities and warning signs for you, your team and the organization
- Understand links between mindset, resilience and mental health
- Learn practical, research-based tools to both build and retain your growth mindset, resilience and mental health
- BEYOND WILLPOWER: Creating mental agility, through the pandemic and beyond
A question we do not ask ourselves often enough is, what am I thinking? And more importantly, are my thoughts helping me or making things worse? For many of us during the COVID-19 crisis, our thoughts have been our own worst enemy. The good news is that we can change how we think.
In this keynote Dr. Marie-Helene shares that when we think, we use a combination of mental short-cuts, cognitive distortions and biases that can often derail our plans and intentions. This can lead to bad feelings (for you and others), sub-optimal performance, costly mistakes and missed opportunities.
But we have the power to change this thinking. Being aware of our own cognitive biases and untangling our thoughts result in having more clarity, more creativity, more mental agility.
- Understand what cognitive biases are and how they operate in your brain
- Identify the types of cognitive biases that you may experience most often
- Learn how to increase awareness of how cognitive biases influence behaviours and what we can do to change their impact towards mental agility
- FRONT LINE MENTAL AGILITY: Preventing compassion fatigue and burn out during COVID-19 and beyond
Given their high-pressure roles in a culture of always putting others first, it is not surprising that burnout and compassion fatigue represent prevalent mental health challenges for front line workers. Informed by her psychology and her workplace mental health practice, Dr. Marie-Helene shares both the contextual aspects and the individual opportunities you need to see, as well as what she calls “the resilience workout”.
- Distinguish what factors belong to the context, to you, and how these interact
- Understand how your professional beliefs are impacting your resilience
- Reconstruct your plan for mental agility
- RESILIENCE FOR LEADERS AND MANAGERS: Preventing fatigue and burn out during COVID-19 and beyond
Pandemic struggles have spared no one – including business leaders and managers. Workloads have increased, in some cases dramatically. For many, the line between work and home has blurred. And many of the social connections that used to fuel fun – coffee chats, lunches, friendships – have disappeared.
Their role has changed too. Leaders and managers are now the only point of contact for many employees – providing critical support and counselling. At the same time, they face the stress of making tough decisions in a new business environment, often with little information. More work, less fun, business uncertainty – it’s no wonder so many are at the point of exhaustion.
With her experience as both a business leader and workplace mental health expert, Dr. Marie-Helene shares proven strategies that can boost the resilience and mental agility of leaders and managers.
- Distinguish what factors are contributing to fatigue and burnout
- Understand the links between your mindset, resilience and mental health
- Reconstruct your plan for mental agility and resilience based on strategies that work
- MENTAL HEALTH IN A PANDEMIC WORLD: Best practices for your own, your team’s and your organization’s mental health
Mental health is everyone’s business – a statement that’s never been truer. The pandemic has challenged all of us like never before. Team members and team leaders who take an active role reap benefits that radiate in their work and beyond. When protective factors are activated and resources are utilized, great benefits can be achieved.
In this keynote, Dr. Marie-Helene shares how to balance the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities while establishing a system of best practices that supports better resilience and mental health.
- Identify key protective factors in workplace mental health
- Understand the multi-faceted, dynamic processes of resilience and workplace mental health
- Learn best practices to implement proactively, during adversity and after