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Mental Health Professional Development

Professional Development and On-Line Education opportunities

while physical distancing

Physical distancing or staying at home is the ideal time to try some of the many education and professional development training opportunities available. Please find a sample of our favourites below.


Professor Hippo-on-Campus

Professor Hippo-on-Campus is a mental health training program designed by McMaster mental health professionals for McMaster faculty and staff.

Learn about student mental health & get certified! Professor Hippo-on-Campus is an 8-module-long program to teach faculty and staff about student mental health and the resources that are available. You can register online in MOSAIC for this free program now if you are a McMaster employee!

Visit the Professor Hippo-on-Campus website via the link below for more information.

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Linked-In Learning

Active McMaster students, faculty and staff have free access to the LinkedIn Learning platform, using your MACID.  This is an on-demand learning solution designed to help learners gain new skills and advance their careers.

LinkedIn Learning offers over 11,000 courses available online 24/7. The McMaster community has unlimited access to tutorials covering topics in business, creative and technology available at all levels of skill.

Click on the link below to be directed to the McMaster LinkedIn Learning log in page.

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Resilience Support Classes for McMaster Staff and Faculty

Human Resources is working hard to develop new resources and initiatives, which can be accessed online from wherever you are located.  Here are a few new supports they have developed for you, with more coming soon.  Watch the HR Events page for additional initiatives they’re working on!

Resilience Support Classes for McMaster Staff and Faculty: Learn More

Hacking Exercise for Health. The surprising new science of fitness.

McMaster’s own Martin Gibala and Stuart Phillips are offering this free course to teach the surprising new science of cardio fitness and strength-building They will provide you with hacks to get fit and strong (and healthy!) in less time than you ever thought possible. What’s the right mix of exercise between cardio and strength? How do you know if you’re working out hard enough? What’s better, heavy or light weights? These questions and more are addressed through a course designed to provide even the most inexperienced of exercisers the tools you need to design time-efficient workouts that can be done virtually anywhere, from your own home to a city park or even at your workplace.

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Responsible Optimism: What makes positive thinking so powerful?

Thinking optimistically, rather than negatively or pessimistically, is a proven key to avoiding feelings of depression, persisting longer at challenging tasks, and facing each day with hope and excitement. This course provides users with the tools they require to change their thinking.  If you don’t already have one, set up an account on to access this (and many other) courses.

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Greater Good Science Center- UC Berkeley's The Science of Happiness Course

This free 8-week online course explores the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Taught by the Greater Good Science Center’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, The Science of Happiness zeroes in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good.


Greater Good Science Center- UC Berkeley's The Science of Happiness Course : Learn More

Yale University's the Science of Well-being

Yale University’s most popular course, known as the “happiness class” is now being offered free online.

Course Description: In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

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Managing an Unexpected Remote Workforce: Free Webinar

Among the many impacts that COVID-19 has had on society is the fact that many organizations are faced with a new frontier: an entirely remote workforce. This challenge of maintaining connection to your team and work is exacerbated by distance, and processes can become strained.

What is the best way to manage the unexpected remote workforce that has been thrust upon your organization? Management Consultant Angela Schafer lead her team through this scenario and is sharing the lessons she learned.

Managing an Unexpected Remote Workforce: Free Webinar: Learn More