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Friday, September 12 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
B020 Putting It Together Bit by Bit: Creating an on-site, Psychosocial Wellness Program for Your Employees (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

Employee wellness programs continue to grow in popularity. The most comprehensive and integrated programs have several cornerstones, most notably health, safety and psychosocial well-being. In an ideal world, all three are equally valued. In the real world, however, the psychosocial cornerstone often receives short shrift. Yet, many employers and employees cite psychosocial issues as a significant well-being concern. When interventions are offered, many hone in on a specific issue (e.g., stress,) emphasize “fixing” the individual and may be offered off-site. This approach ignores the big picture. Workplace wellness programs benefit from a broader, more comprehensive, balanced approach with coordinated services for individuals, groups and the organization as a whole. Offering services on-site can help maximize employee participation and engagement, and provide unique secondary benefits.


This presentation highlights a comprehensive, on-site program comprised of an array of diverse services that can be tailored to other workplaces. Program components range from simple to complex and address psychosocial support, stress management, team-building, morale, job satisfaction and professional development.  Positive outcomes include enhanced well-being, coping skills, job satisfaction, teamwork, group cohesiveness, peer support and cultural awareness. In addition, reduced burnout, absenteeism, turnover, and bottom line costs are noted.


This interactive session will encourage participants to share their thoughts and stories. Lessons learned in the model program will be shared to help participants develop preliminary ideas and plans for creating psychosocial wellness programs in their workplaces (including how to integrate safety and health promotion components.) It can be done! And, it’s so worth it! 



  1. Describe the issues related to workplace psychosocial wellness programs.
  2. Describe a model program providing comprehensive on-site, psychosocial wellness services for a large multidisciplinary hospital.


Lori Schwartz, PhD

Lori Schwartz received her PhD in Psychology from Penn State University. For nearly 30 years, she has provided direct care, consultation and training in mental health centers, hospitals and community-based programs. Much of her work has focused on individuals and families impacted by chronic illness and their caregivers. Dr. Schwartz provided a comprehensive psychosocial wellness program for a large, multidisciplinary hospital staff for 12... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bayside A 4/F

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