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Are you a student who’s interested in helping out with the 2012 Work & Well-Being conference, presented by APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program? Do you like to network and want to make some great connections? We could use your help, and in exchange, we will waive your conference registration fee so you can attend sessions for free.

As a volunteer, you would be expected to work approximately 3-5 hours on June 28th at the Westin O’Hare hotel in Chicago, IL. The work you would be expected to do ranges from handing out name tags, to setting up registration tables, passing out handouts, answering questions from participants about the schedule and sitting in on sessions to make sure they run smoothly. We also have a special session planned for students to present their research, so we hope you will submit a proposal.

You can learn more about the conference, including topics and presenters here: http://www.phwa.org/conference2012.

Please email phwa@apa.org with your cell phone number, email address and name of your school if you are interested in volunteering.

For information about presenting your student research at our conference, click here.

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We invite students with research on psychologically healthy workplace topics to submit proposals for presentations at the 2012 Work & Well-Being Conference, presented by APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

These will be brief (ten minute) presentations that will take place Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL as part of a special conference session.

Topics can include, but are not limited to: workplace wellness and health promotion, employee involvement, work-life balance and flexibility, employee learning and development, occupational health and safety, job stress, diversity, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Occupational Health Psychology, management and employee recognition.

Guidelines for Presentation Proposals

  • Proposal must be submitted via email to phwa@apa.org no later than May 18, 2012
  • Proposal must be in Microsoft Word, follow APA format and be no longer than 300 words
  • Please include the presentation title, statement of problem, study design, sample size and composition, measures used, analysis method, results and conclusions
  • Also include a one-page bio with the presenter’s credentials, academic affiliation, education, research and work experience, statement of career goals, mailing address, email and phone number

Presentations will be selected and students will be notified by May 25, 2012.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) is a collaborative effort between the American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization designed to help employers optimize employee well-being and organizational performance. To learn more about the program, please visit: www.phwa.org.

Additional information about the conference is available online at www.phwa.org/conference2012.

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By this time of year, New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside. But if stopping smoking is on your current list of resolutions, it may be a perfect match with the priorities of your employer. According to the results of an employer survey published by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), organizations are increasingly providing smoking cessation support and services to their employees.

Nearly 60% of participating organizations have smoking policies. And for those with smoking policies, nearly half of these employers offer smoking cessation programs for their employees. Some of these programs include individual counseling, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), other cessation medications, and group counseling, among others.

Some employers even offer financial incentives to stop smoking. These incentives can include health and life insurance discounts for non-smokers and/or participants in smoking cessations programs.

By providing a range of resources and support to help employees kick the habit, employers not only demonstrate their commitment to a healthy workplace, they also promote well-being in all aspects of their employees' lives.


Together, psychology and business can create healthy workplace cultures that support employee well-being and promote organizational performance. Register now for Work & Well-Being 2012: June 28th in Chicago.

Come away with knowledge and insights to enhance productivity and well-being in the workplace. Click here to save on early registration.


High-impact health promotion and wellness efforts … Workplace flexibility as a business strategy … Incentives and recognition … Preventing and addressing bullying and other counterproductive workplace behaviors … Lessons learned from award-winning companies … and more.


Speakers include:

  • Michael P. Leiter, PhD - Director of the Centre for Organizational Research & Development at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. With more than two decades of research on organizational behavior, Dr. Leiter is an internationally known expert on work engagement, burnout and civility in the workplace.
  • David Yamada, JD - Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. An internationally recognized authority on the legal aspects of workplace bullying and author of model anti-bullying legislation that has become the template for law reform efforts across the country.
  • Bey-Ling Sha, PhD, APR - Associate Professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. Dr. Sha is an award-winning public relations researcher, teacher and practitioner. Her research areas include cultural identity, international public relations, activism and gender.
  • John Randolph, PhD, ABPP - Executive coach, consultant and board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Lebanon, NH. A nationally recognized speaker on topics such as executive functioning, positive neuropsychology and leadership development.
  • David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA - Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Business Development, American Psychological Association, head of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.
  • Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD - Chair of the Organizational Studies Program in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University, an expert on healthy workplace practices.
  • Larissa Barber, PhD - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Northern Illinois University, an expert on workplace flexibility and work-home boundary management, as well as work stress and health behaviors.

...and other outstanding presenters.


The conference is designed especially for human resource professionals, benefits managers, health and wellness professionals, business consultants, occupational health professionals, health plan executives, corporate medical directors, business owners, managers and psychologists who work with organizations.

Register Early and Save

Eventbrite - Work & Well-Being 2012

Advance Registration: $395

Continuing Education Credit

Psychologists can earn up to 8 CE credits for the conference. The APA Practice Organization (APAPO) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APAPO maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Hotel Reservations

The Westin O’Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 698-6000

Group rate of $169 + tax (for single, double, triple or quad occupancy) available through June 4th.

Click here for hotel reservation information.

For More Information

To learn more about the 2012 Work & Well-Being Conference, including sponsorship and student volunteer opportunities, please visit phwa.org/conference2012, call (202) 336-5900 or email phwa@apa.org.

In the past, we've hit the streets of Washington, DC for a video segment about work and stress, hired a cab and interviewed passengers about the recession, and visited a college campus and New York City to talk to students and working Americans about work, life and job expectations.

Every job has its ups and downs. This year, to take the pulse of the workforce and hear a little more about people’s experiences at work, we went out and talked with six people from very different professions. Find out what they had to say in the introduction to our video series "Six Degrees of Bringing Home the Bacon."

What's your average stress level on the job? What motivates you to do your best work? What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of your job? Stay tuned as we continue the series each month, with new videos that feature a dog walker, a neurosurgeon, a florist, a television news reporter, a Pilates instructor and an entrepreneur.



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