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Webinar Mental Illness, ADAAA, and the Workplace: Taking Responsibility as an Employer

Tue, December 10, 2019 01:00 PM – 02:30PM EDT Duration 90 Minutes

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Speaker : Dr. Susan Strauss RN Ed.D is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse

This activity has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org

Overview

Mental illness is a largely misunderstood disease that carries much stigma in society and in the workplace. 70% of people with depression are employed, many do not seek treatment and when they do—medication is able to help only about 66% of those who are depressed. Approximately 20% of the population has any one of a number of personality disorders—those who do are often difficult to manage. Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses with some research suggesting it is the most common U.S. mental health problem; other research indicates depression is the number one disability. Mental illness is a covered disability under the ADAAA and therefore is subject to the law of the ADAAA including the requirement to engage in an interactive process. Managers and HR professionals often walk a delicate line in dealing with employees who may have a mental illness or exhibit signs and symptoms that give pause in considering if an employee needs to be referred for outside assistance such as EAP. But how does one refer a troubled employee without violating the ADA? What steps should an organization take to create a stigma-free workplace that is centered on the well-being of its employees’ physical and mental health? These issues will be discussed in this webinar.

Key learning objectives of the Topic

To differentiate mental health from mental illness

  • To discuss the most frequent mental health conditions with emphasis on depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
  • To identify the demographic groups most at risk for mental health issues
  • To examine the myths of mental illness
  • To list signs of possible mental health issues
  • To outline U.S. mental illness statistics
  • To explain mental illness as an ADA protected disability
  • To describe the interactive process required by the ADA
  • To explore ADA required accommodations
  • To examine the role of the workplace to create a healthy environment
  • To combat negative stigma of mental illness in the workplace
  • To generate a workplace culture of well-being

Who Will Benefit

Managers
• HR
• Risk Management
• Any employee
• All industries


Your Instructor


Dr. Susan Strauss
Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse and her undergraduate degree is in psychology and human services. Her specialty areas include discrimination, harassment, and bullying; management/leadership development, and organization development. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and works as an expert witness for discrimination lawsuits.


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