Archive: February, 2012

Long-term joblessness: 4 ways to survive mentally

(by Amy Levin-Epstein, CBS News)   Long-term unemployment doesn’t just put a huge dent in a person’s savings account — it can also damage the psyche. After financial loss, the greatest psychological impact of being out of work for a long time is loss of confidence, says clinical psychologist and executive coach Marilyn Puder-York. “The […]

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Dr. Joti Samra shares online resources for building healthy workplaces

(Conference blog, Bottom Line 2012)   Fred Smith, Regional Director of Group Benefits at Great-West Life, took to the stage to introduce Dr. Joti Samra.   He described Dr. Samra as a “passionate advocate for organizational change.” She is a clinical psychologist and the past president of the BC Psychological Association, as well as the […]

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Dr. Samra speaks at the CMHA Bottom Line Conference on February 29, 2012

Dr. Samra speaks about “Resources to Help You Build Your Psychologically Healthy Workplace” at The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division’s annual Bottom Line Conference on February 29 , 2012.  This conference brings together business leaders, policy-makers, researchers and workers to improve mental health in BC workplaces.   Practical steps to a psychologically healthy […]

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Dr. Samra presents at “Trust Matters” Managers Forum, February 28-29, 2012

Dr. Samra presents at the “Trust Matters” Managers Forum for Alberta Environment Managers Forum in Edmonton, Alberta on February 28-29, 2012.

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Dr. Joti Samra supports Pink Shirt Day – will you?

What will you wear on Wednesday, February 29th? Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes and over the Internet. We need to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening. On February 29 wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 6: Entrepreneurial Aldergrove

The community is challenged to enhance neighbourhood-owned businesses and to earn money by staging an elaborate Night Market.

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Vancouver tackles hoarding problem to prevent tragedy

(by Staff, CTV News)   The City of Vancouver is gathering experts together to determine how to deal with the problem of hoarding by its residents before tragedy strikes.   Vancouver is among the first in North America to form a panel to develop protocols to identify hoarding, and the precautions city workers should take […]

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Vancouver tackles hoarding problem to prevent tragedy

(by Staff, CTV News)   The City of Vancouver is gathering experts together to determine how to deal with the problem of hoarding by its residents before tragedy strikes.   Vancouver is among the first in North America to form a panel to develop protocols to identify hoarding, and the precautions city workers should take […]

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I think my boss has an eating disorder – should I approach her?

The question:   My boss is incredibly skinny – I think she has an eating disorder (she only has one or two bites at any lunch that I’ve seen). Is it wildly inappropriate for me to ask her about that? I’m worried about her.   The answer:   Lower than average body weight (less than […]

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Dr. Samra provides a keynote presentation on Emotional Intelligence at AHS’s “Minding the Workplace Symposium: Support for Leaders”

Dr. Samra provides a keynote presentation on Emotional Intelligence at Alberta Health Services’ “Minding the Workplace Symposium: Support for Leaders” on February 22, 2012. This symposium focused on how leaders of organizations can communicate with employees in distress, support and manage accommodation and return to work for employees experiencing mental health issues, and protect and […]

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Dr. Samra presents “Managing Emotions – Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace” at the Alberta Health Services symposium

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Alberta Health Services hosted a second Minding the Workplace symposium with the theme of “Support for Leaders”, featuring three fabulous speakers who shared their knowledge in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-care for leaders, and accommodation and return to work. Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych presented “Managing Emotions – Emotional Intelligence […]

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 5: Money in Motion

The neighbourhood must go car-free all week, sell unnecessary vehicles and raise money for a public transportation initiative via a 10 kilometre Walk/Run.

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Dr. Joti Samra on The Mortgage Show, CKNW AM980

(with Angela Calla, The Mortgage Show, CKNW AM980)   Dr. Joti Samra was interviewed about the psychology behind making decisions about mortgages and refinancing and the first steps people should take to address their mindset regarding underlying financial issues regarding such an important step. Listen to the interview here: Dr. Samra on CKNW Mortgage Show […]

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Five reasons to smile

(by Phylicia Torrevillas, Metro Vancouver)   University of B.C.’s John Helliwell and Dr. Joti Samra, host and psychologist on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood, talk about some of the most important discoveries in the field of happiness research and key indicators of life satisfaction.   1. It’s not all about the money, money, […]

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VPD officers caught sending and receiving porn at work: some members have been suspended

(by Andrea Macpherson/Renee Bernard, NEWS1130)   Fifteen Vancouver Police members could be disciplined after they were caught emailing porn and other inappropriate content during work hours.   An internal investigation has found the material was exchanged between January and September of last year. The rankings of the officers involved include one civilian officer. The others […]

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Can you explain male psychology to me? What am I doing wrong?

The question: Can you explain male psychology to me? This always happens: I date a guy for a month or so, we sleep together, and things change. I feel powerless, and it soon falls apart. Do I need to get him to commit before we sleep together? What’s the deal?   The answer: Yikes – […]

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Bill C300: an Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention

Today the House of Commons passed Bill C300, an Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, at Second Reading, by a vote of 285 in favour, and 3 opposed. Next step,  the  Health Committee, back to the House for a third reading, then to Senate followed by Royal Assent. All of this will take […]

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Creating healthy workplaces: when good intentions go awry

(by Arla Day, Good Company Newsletter, PHWP)   Many successful and high-functioning organizations are committed to developing healthy workplaces and demonstrate the positive outcomes these initiatives have on employees and the organization. At the same time, there are organizations that strive to create a healthy workplace and fall short. Many of these organizations are led […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed about OWN’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood on News1130: provides tips for understanding the psychology behind our relationship with money

(with Andrea MacPherson, News1130)   Dr. Samra is interviewed about her new show Million Dollar Neighbourhood on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada). Listen to the interview here: Dr. Samra on News1130 Feb15’12   Here are some useful tips from Dr. Samra on understanding the psychology behind our relationship with money!   1. Think about money […]

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Valentine’s day tips for singles and couples

(with David Dickinson, CFAX 1070)   Dr. Samra, host of OWN’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood, has a fun interview with David Dickinson about fun things to do on Valentine’s, how to survive the day if you are single, and how to have a low to no cost Valentine’s Day!   Listen to the interview here: Dr. […]

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Surviving Valentine’s Day if you are single!

Dr. Joti Samra interviewed on CTV’s Morning Show by Host Aamer Haleem about how to survive this holiday if you are single!  

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