Foundations for Flourishing

Foundations for Flourishing is a three-part applied workshop series that is designed to equip GBC faculty and staff with the basic knowledge and skills required to make the most of their influence on student well-being and create supportive learning environments and college spaces.
Developed in 2015, we designed this series to:

  • Educate staff and faculty at GBC about how daily school environments and interactions can impact students’ mental health;
  • Connect staff, faculty, and admin with the resources they need to help them do their jobs with students’ mental health and well-being in mind; and
  • Facilitate the cross-pollination of people’s skills, ideas, and initiative when it comes to making GBC a place where students can flourish.

Want to use Foundations for Flourishing in your own post-secondary institution? Click “Curriculum and Materials” below to download the curriculum guidebook and all associated materials for your own use.

For more information about Foundations for Flourishing, feel free to contact Kate Klein at kate.klein@georgebrown.ca!

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Workshop Descriptions

Unit 1: Giving Responsive Support

When students come to you looking for support, how do you respond? This interactive workshop will provide you with some basic tools that will help you feel more confident in responding to students’ concerns and helping them get their needs met so they can learn well. Topics covered in this workshop will include effective listening, the anatomy of a good referral, fostering a non-judgmental attitude, connecting students to services provided by the college, and ways to identify students who might need support.

Unit 2: Creating Caring Communities

The things you say and do can go a long way towards proactively building a culture of care and support in your daily environments. Whether you’re responsible for a classroom, the front desk of an office, or even just the occasional interaction with a student, this interactive workshop will teach you some basic skills for championing a culture of care in everyday college spaces. Topics covered in this workshop will include knowing your power, common sources of stress for students, and setting effective boundaries.

Unit 3: Working Together for Student Mental Health

The things we do alone to support students can be powerful, but the things we do together can transform the college! Drawing on a series of case studies highlighting moments in George Brown College history where a group of people got together and built or advocated for changes that would improve students’ mental health, this workshop will teach you some basic skills to think outside the box and work together to make our College a place where students can thrive. Topics covered in this workshop will include: whole-campus approaches to student mental health, alliance-building, and turning your ideas into action.

Register for a workshop today by logging into Cornerstone and typing ‘Healthy Campus’ into the search bar!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to complete the workshops in order?
  2. What do I get if I complete all three workshops?
  3. How is this different from Mental Health First Aid?
  4. How do I find out about when these are happening?
  5. Am I welcome to come?
  6. I know all about this topic already. Why should I come?
  1. Do I have to complete the workshops in order?

    No. There is some use in attending the workshops in order, but you can complete however many of the workshops that you want, in whatever order you want.
  2. What do I get if I complete all three workshops?

    Completing all three parts of the workshop series makes you a Healthy Campus Champion, publicly identifying you as someone who makes George Brown College a safer, more supportive place and giving you access to a network and community of people who do the same. Becoming a Healthy Campus Champion gets you:
    • A certificate of completion
    • A token to display in your workspace (a desk sign, a wall plaque, or a sticker)
    • Access to the Healthy Campus Champion Community of Practice
    • A custom “Healthy Campus Champion” email signature
    And more!
  3. How is this different from Mental Health First Aid?

    Both educational opportunities are important and will give you different kinds of knowledge and skills! MHFA is a two-day training on specific mental health diagnoses and how to respond when somebody is experiencing a mental health crisis. Foundations for Flourishing workshops are shorter (which means less time commitment but also less depth) and are about promoting mental health from a whole-campus, health promotion perspective; these workshops are not about crisis intervention and not framed around mental illness. We recommend taking both, because they complement each other!
  4. How do I find out about when these are happening?

    All of the workshops are posted on PD Place; check back there every once in a while and type in 'Healthy Campus' to find the details and register.
  5. Am I welcome to come?

    All staff and faculty at George Brown College are welcome to attend the workshops! If you’re a student who works in a role that supports other students, you are also encouraged to join. If you don’t have access to Cornerstone in your role, you can register by emailing Kate Klein (Healthy Campus Coordinator) at kate.klein@georgebrown.ca.
  6. I know all about this topic already. Why should I come?

    The Foundations for Flourishing workshops are a great place to meet other like-minded people, talk to staff and faculty in other divisions, and discuss issues that you think about on a daily basis – in other words, to build community. Besides, everybody can use a refresher!

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