GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

September 19, 2017
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Going from Surviving to Thriving 


Session 2:  Why We Need to Talk about Mental Illness in the Workplace

Presented By:   Janet Nodorft, CWC, CWWS, MS 

  Presented by:  Nancy Pierce, MASW




Session 1:  Going from Surviving to Thriving  

Session 2:  Why We Need to Talk about Mental Illness in the Workplace

Organizations want and need to attract and retain highly engaged employees and be the employer of choice. Attend this interactive session to unlock the answers of what and how organizations who are successful do. Organizational culture is key so employees thrive and do their very best while at work. This results in high performing employees who want to be at work, are thriving, and are highly engaged.
Wellbeing is evolving and continues to be a topic that is taking top priority with many organizations. Successful organizations also have a culture that embraces a robust wellness program. The holistic model of wellbeing includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social, financial, and other components. Defining and supporting all aspects in employees’ lives is very important.  A culture of vitality infuses innovative approaches to make an impacting difference. Hear about best practices and evidence based research that support wellbeing in the workplace to become an employer of choice as well as trends.

Participants will:
  • Understand the connection among culture, wellbeing and highly engaged employees,
  • Learn how wellness programs improve wellbeing, productivity and more,
  • Identify steps to start or enhance an effective wellness program
Each year, more than 41 million Americans—18 percent of the U.S. population—experience some type of mental illness, according to data released by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in December 2013.

The indirect cost of untreated mental illness to employers is estimated to be as high as $100 billion a year in the U.S. alone, according to the National Business Group on Health. More days of work have been lost or disrupted by mental illness than by many chronic conditions, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. In certain industries, improperly managed mental conditions also can affect employees’ safety.
A growing number of HR professionals recognize that early detection and treatment of mental illness often can prevent a crisis and reduce employers’ health care costs down the road. They are developing programs and plans to provide more support for their employees with psychiatric disorders—similar to the help they provide those with physical injuries or ailments.

Our Presenter, Nancy Pierce, Advanced Clinical Practitioner from Journey Mental Health Center will speak about why and how employers need to confront this growing dilemma “head on” to ensure that their employees are getting the help they need while protecting their organization from a future crisis.

The program provides training for identifying, understanding and responding to signs of additions and mental illness in the workplace.  The attendees will also learn how to create an HR action plan for handling employee mental health issues. 

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Participants will learn:
1) Facts and myths around mental illness
2) Common signs and symptoms
3) When mental Illness becomes a mental health crisis
4) Common case examples involving employee experiencing:
            a. First time mental illness
            b. Recurrence or relapse of mental illness
            c. Suicidal/violence crisis
5) How to approach, engage and talk with a person who is psychotic, but not aggressive
6) What to say and do when a person is psychotic, escalated and aggressive
7) What typically happens after mental health crisis
8) How to help employee and co-workers during transition back to workplace
9) Follow up at workplace 
Janet Nodorft, CWC, CWWS, MS is a Wellness Consultant with Blue Jewel Coaching. She provides wellness services for workplace wellness, is a health coach, and speaks on wellness topics. Janet is passionate about wellness and takes the approach that everyone can be healthier and live a better life through simple but consistent actions whether at work or home. She is actively involved in several local organizations promoting wellbeing and is always pursuing ways to help others live an awesome life. She has participated in numerous triathlons and running events and pushes herself to stay active and fit Nancy Pierce, MASW has been working as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in the Emergency Services Mobile Crisis Unit at Journey Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin providing trainings and consultation on mental health emergencies. In her mobile crisis work, Nancy regularly consults with law enforcement, hospital emergency departments and inpatient psychiatry units.
Nancy’s trainings focus on the assessment and management of acute and recurrent risk of suicide and violence, acute mental illness, trauma, Chapter 51 commitments, finding hospital alternatives and on developing community crisis safety plans with natural support systems.
Nancy also serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Survivors of Suicide Services at Journey Mental Health Center. As a trauma specialist, she works with survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide and companies/worksites that have lost an employee to suicide. 

  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:30am to 12:30pm

  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

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GMA SHRM has a limited number of Professional Grants available for potential members to attend one Professional Development Summit at no cost. 

If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! 




Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.