06/05/2020 - GTA Chapter Presents a COVID-19 Leadership Series: Leading in Times of Crisis

Chapter Event
Leading in Times of Crisis: Maintaining Mental Wellness during the COVID Pandemic (1 MOC I)


Date: June 05, 2020  
150 Isabella Street Virtual
Ottawa ON K2P 0J6 

Maintaining Mental Wellness during the COVID Pandemic

June 5, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, leaders across the system are challenged to meet ever evolving demands. At the top of the priority list is ensuring the physical and mental wellbeing of those providing care. Join us for this free webinar, part of the CCHL GTA Chapter’s “COVID19 Leadership Series”, to learn actionable strategies for promoting mental wellness within your team and yourself. 

Dr. Steve Joordens, professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Dr. Heather Gordon, Manager of the Employee Wellness program at the University Health Network, will discuss the psychological basis of what individuals are experiencing during the pandemic and with that as context, will discuss strategies individuals and organizations can employ to maintain mental wellbeing. 

Upon registration you will be asked to provide questions that you would like addressed. We will forward these on to the speaker in advance so that it can be incorporated into the talk. We will also offer time for dialogue in the webinar itself to allow for real time information sharing during the pandemic. We look forward to your participation in this series with the GTA Chapter.  


This webinar series is free of charge - but please register early as we have limited capacity.

*Webinar details will be provided following registration

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Steve Joordens

Steve Joordens, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto Scarborough

Professor Joordens was initially trained as a Cognitive Psychologist studying memory and the distinction between conscious versus unconscious influences on behaviour. He has taught a variety of courses as a Psychology Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough including teaching their Introduction to Psychology course (and a free version on Coursera.org) for well over a decade. His more recent research focuses on using technology to formally and effectively develop skills like critical thought, creative thought, and clear effective communication. His significant and sustained influence on education and educational innovation have won him a number of awards including, in 2015, being named a 3M National Teaching Fellow of Canada. 

As a response to the COVID situation he also created a free course wherein he describes the basis of the anxiety response and, with that as context, provides tips and strategies for managing anxiety during the crisis. To date over 30,000 students have registered in the course and it is now subtitled in 4 languages with more to come.

Dr. Heather Gordon

Dr. Heather Gordon, EdD, MSW, Manager, Wellness at University Health Network

Dr. Heather Gordon is the manager for UHN Wellness. She has a clinical background in social work (SW) with 21 years of practice; 9 of those years in outpatient clinics at UHN. She continues to contribute to the field of SW by teaching Master of Social Work Students online with Yeshiva and Dalhousie University. She recently co-lead the development of a Wellness framework targeting enhanced employee well-being and quality of life for UHN. In response COVID-19, Heather has been collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to address the Wellness needs of TeamUHN. She will continue to calibrate her responses to meet new demands and opportunities.

Maintenance of Certification

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.00 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.