The NSGEU has continued to support bully-free programs for our members and their employers for over five years. We have delivered the program to 14,250 individuals (both members and non-members) in Nova Scotia. We also have trained trainers to deliver the NSGEU program in PEI and Newfoundland.
As the program evolves, so does our title, and our new name for the program is “Bully-Free Workplaces: Shifting Culture.” We offer course modules in Bully-Free Workplaces, Leadership Training, Train-the-Trainer, Restorative Practices, and an EMPATHIC program. These are offered to NSGEU members and employers of NSGEU members free of charge and on a cost recovery basis for all others.
If you haven’t had NSGEU Bully-Free Training, or would like to explore a longer session, or one of the other courses we offer, please give the NSGEU a call.You can find a description of all of the courses we offer online at nsgeu.ca
Our program is constantly evolving, and incorporates the newest research and feedback we receive through our participant evaluations. In response to the need for greater flexibility, we now offer our full-day bully-free program in four, two-hour modules. This allows for learning and skills practice between sessions and may be an option better suited for your workplace.
Our facilitators are current or prior members, who have undergone training, and keep the program current and up-to-date through regular input and review. Facilitators are also trained in the National Standard for Canada for Mental Health in the Workplace (referred to as “the Standard.”) The program co-ordinator Susan Coldwell has recently completed the “Mindful Manager Train-the-Trainer” program, sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association. This is an intensive program designed as an anti-stigma workplace mental health program.
We are in the process of initiating a call out to train facilitators from various areas of the province to deliver the Bully-Free Workplaces: Shifting Culture program in various formats. If you’re interested in becoming a facilitator, you will need:
- A high level of commitment with awareness and concern about this issue;
- An acceptance of the program philosophy: that workplace bullying affects everyone and has significant physical and mental health consequences for all;
- A flexible and understanding work environment that allows you the ongoing ability to receive training to maintain program competency;
- A demonstrated ability to present to varied groups of individuals.
Being a facilitator is a challenging role in terms of content knowledge, workshop delivery, and time demands. Following your four days of initial training, you will need to commit to approximately two days per month, nine months out of the year, for facilitation, as well as approximately three to four days per year for ongoing professional development. If you are interested in applying, it is advised that you discuss operational requirements in your workplace and ensure you have the support of your employer beforehand. While we are looking for a combination of skills and experience, consideration of diversity, areas of employment and provincial geographical area are also factors in the selection process.
If you are interested, please watch your email and the website for the formal call out for new facilitators. You can also call the NSGEU at any time to ask for more information.
Our facilitators and employers have told us that more in depth education is needed for supervisors, managers, human resources and occupational health and safety personnel. In response to this, we have developed a Leadership Training module for employer representatives. This provides more information and guidance to those people who make decisions regarding policy, investigation, creating cultural change, etc.