Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace

Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace: What do we know and where do we go?

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9 AM - 4:00 PM
University Place Conference Center, Portland, Oregon
Co-sponsored by Portland State University and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

Watch recorded webinar. Access handouts below. (Please note: poor quality recording for session on Suicide Prevention in Construction. Dr. Dimoff's recording will be available early in 2018.)

panel11/2017 symposium


  •  Keynote -  Resilient Individuals and Resilient Workplaces: Translating and Applying the Research;Nancy Spangler, Ph.D., OTR/L, Consultant to the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation
    Webinar recording

  • Description: While we’ve studied workplace stress for decades, organizations face unique challenges today.  Now more than ever, employers need to recognize how stress affects workers and can lead to ill health.  On the other hand, we’ve also learned that difficult and challenging work can be fulfilling, and workers can learn to be resilient under the right circumstances.  This session covers these conflicting thoughts, as well as the research that supports building individual and organizational resilience.

    Nancy Spangler, PhDMeet Dr. Spangler: Dr. Spangler has extensive experience in developing workplace health and organizational change strategies, including nine years with Kansas City’s Saint Luke’s Health System and over 20 years with her own consulting firm, Spangler Associates Inc. Her varied clients have included employers, managed care organizations, benefits consultants, pharmaceutical companies, professional organizations, and governmental agencies. Nancy works as external consultant to the American Psychiatric Foundation’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health to promote innovative and effective approaches to addressing workplace mental health. Nancy has a PhD in therapeutic science and BS and MS degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas.

  • Excellence in Mental Health Care – What Does it Mean? Gina Nikkel, Ph.D., President & CEO, Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Wilsonville, Oregon
    Webinar recording

  • Description: Dr. Nikkel will clarify the components of excellent mental health care and the pitfalls of the ongoing mental health care debate.

    Gina Nikkel, PhDMeet Dr. Nikkel: Dr. Nikkel is the President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, a Community Foundation that matches the passion of private philanthropy with the world’s best researchers and programs. An Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at OHSU, Gina served as Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for 11 years before taking the helm of EXCELLENCE. She has worked extensively in mental health and addictions policy, leadership and management, health care financing and political advocacy. As a community Mental Health Therapist, Adolescent Program Director and Clinical Supervisor, she brings experience in all aspects of community mental health. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance, an MS in counseling from Portland State University and a PhD in Education focusing on social public policy and leadership from the University of Oregon.

  • Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) for Managers:  What Can 3-Hours Do for You?Jennifer Dimoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
    Webinar recording unavaiable

    Description: Dr. Dimoff will present the business case and the human case for a 3-hour mental health training for workplace leaders.

    Jennifer K. Dimoff, PhDMeet Dr. Dimoff: Dr. Dimoff is an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at PSU. Her primary research and consulting activities focus on mental health interventions at work, leadership training, and psychological fitness. Dr. Dimoff has worked with educational institutions, government agencies, and publicly and privately held organizations across North America. As the U.S. managing partner of Evidence Based Solutions, she works with organizations to provide scientifically-evaluated programs that support the health, safety, and productivity of employees. Most notably, Dr. Dimoff developed the Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)—one of the only manager-focused mental health programs to demonstrate psychosocial and financial improvements in North American organizations.

  •  Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry: Initiatives, Updates and Discussion

  •  A Trauma Informed Approach: Creating Safe Work Environments that support Mental Wellness; Alisha Moreland, M.D., Executive Director, Avel Gordly Center for Healing; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, OHSU, Portland, Oregon
    Webinar recording

    Description: Dr. Moreland will explore models for organizational change, investigate underlying assumptions, and encourage the application of a trauma-informed lens and approach within the workplace.

    Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MDMeet Dr. Moreland-Capuia: Dr. Moreland is the Chief Medical Director for Volunteers of American (VOA) Oregon, a local branch of the national organization that provides social services throughout the U.S. In addition to this role, Dr. Moreland-Capuia continues her tenure at OHSU as Director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Moreland-Capuia earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from George Washington University. After medical school, Dr. Moreland-Capuia returned to Portland, where she completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at OHSU.  Dr. Moreland-Capuia serves on several boards and is a former appointee to the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.