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Don’t let your Work, Stress and Health conference experience be one of all work and no play. Take a break, get outside, find a piano and make some music. Send a video of your very impromptu performance – whether it’s a Chopin or a BangOnSomeKeys -- and you could be the recipient of one of APA’s leading books on workplace well-being.

Painted pianos are located throughout downtown Minneapolis for a public arts project, Pianos on Parade. Local artists painted the pianos with scenes representing summer in the city. Beyond being visually interesting, the pianos can be played by anyone.

We took note of this interactive art, and think it can be key to enjoying the city. We hope WSH conference attendees will tune in. (Puns intended.) Here’s how:

  • Explore the city and find an outdoor piano (Hint: there is one very close to the Hilton).
  • Position fingers on the keyboard and play – it doesn’t have be a concerto or even Chopsticks. Make up your own song if you want. We’ll never know!
  • Capture your performance on video. (This step works best if you’re accompanied by a fellow attendee or colleague whom you trust with your smartphone or camera.)
  • Send the video by email to abrownawell@apa.org or upload it to Twitter, mentioning @apa_excellence and using the conference hashtag, #wsh2017. If you email the video, we’ll upload it and share on Twitter. We’ll retweet any Twitter submissions.

We’ll randomly select one of the submissions to receive a copy of “The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations,” edited by Matthew Grawitch, PhD, and David Ballard, PsyD, with APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence.

To get started, here's Candy Won, APA's director of convention and meetings, playing a short song as a group of APA staff returned to the hotel from a lunch break.

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Psychologists attending the Work, Stress and Health Conference can earn up to 14.5 hours of continuing education credit. There are dozens of sessions to choose from during the three days of the conference, all for a single fee of $60.

Unlimited CE credit will be offered for designated conference sessions. A single fee of $60 allows you to earn CE credits for as many of these identified conference sessions as you would like to attend.

Sessions offering CE credits for psychologists have been reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association Continuing Education in Psychology Office. The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the sessions. Full attendance at each session is required to receive CE credit.

Learn more about the conference and how to register at apa.org/wsh.

Sessions that are approved for CE

Thursday, June 8

9:30-10:45 AM

  • Worker well-being: Concept, measurement, impact (Paper Panel Session)
  • Overlapping vulnerabilities in the creation of occupational health disparities: Knowledge base, opportunities, and recommendations for future research (Symposium)
  • Safety training and intervention effectiveness (Paper Panel Session)
  • Successful recovery from burnout (Symposium)

11 AM-12:15 PM

  • Implementing integrated approaches to Total Worker Health® in different national contexts (Symposium)
  • Mental health and psychological well-being in the workplace (Paper Panel Session)
  • Organizational and Individual outcomes of workplace mistreatment and bullying (Paper Panel Session)

1:30-2:45 PM

  • Metrics of Integration for Total Worker Health® Initiatives (Symposium)
  • Novel approaches to safety climate research (Symposium)
  • Measurement Challenges and Opportunities Regarding Job Burnout (Symposium)
  • Individual and job-related factors linked to well-being at work (Paper Panel Session)

3-4:30 PM

  • Balancing Well-Being and Effectiveness: Practical Challenges to Optimize Success (Interactive Paper Session)
  • Stress and health risk factors (Paper Panel Session)
  • Advancing Participation in Health Research and Practice with Minority and Immigrant Workers (Symposium)

Friday, June 9

9:30-10:45 AM

  • The Harvard/NIOSH TWH Center of Excellence: Research innovations in healthcare, construction, and small/medium-sized businesses (Symposium)
  • Leadership in healthcare: Influence on climate, performance, and well-being (Paper Panel Session)

11 AM-12:15 PM

  • Participatory Action Research in Corrections: Individual and organizational factors affecting health behavior and employee well-being (Symposium)
  • Illustrating key principles for designing, implementing and evaluating interventions in organizations (Symposium)
  • Firefighters and Miners: Environmental Factors and Interventions to promote Occupational Safety and Health (Paper Panel Session)

1:30-2:45 PM

  • HealthPartners Experience in Promoting Emotional Resilience in a Large Health Care Workforce (Symposium)
  • Improving Occupational Safety and Health Training for Vulnerable Workers (Symposium)
  • Stress and mental health in police populations (Paper Panel Session)

3-4:30 PM

  • Incivility, bullying and their links to well-being and performance (Paper Panel Session)
  • Workplace practices, interventions, and leadership support to promote work-life balance and well-being (Paper Panel Session)
  • Safety climate measurement and assessment (Paper Panel Session)

Saturday, June 10

9:30-10:45 AM

  • Effectiveness of Total Worker Health® interventions and dissemination strategies of the Oregon Healthy Workforce (Symposium)
  • Understanding the needs of the aging workforce (Paper Panel Session)
  • Bullying and violence and environmental hazards in healthcare settings (Paper Panel Session)

11 AM-12:15 PM

  • Latino Immigrants at Work: Challenges and Perspectives (Symposium)

1:30-2:45 PM

  • Trauma-Informed Best Practices for Responding to Workplace Bullying and Mobbing (Symposium)


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The Work, Stress and Health Conference addresses the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers. The 2017 conference gives special attention to contemporary workplace challenges that present new research and intervention opportunities. The conversation would be incomplete without talking about the rise of the sharing and gig economy.

The conference's opening session plenary brings together three speakers who will share insights on research and personal experiences in what some are calling an emerging trend for the future of work.

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will provide an overview of how work arrangements have changed and how those changing arrangements relate to risk.

Sarah Kessler is a reporter for Quartz.com who covers the future of work and is writing a book about the gig economy. She previously worked for Fast Companyand has been published in CNN.com, Sierra Magazine, WBEZ Chicago, Salon and USA Today, among others. Kessler will talk about what she's learned about the changing nature of work and her experience as a freelance writer.

Dave DeSario, a labor activist and documentary filmmaker, will provide an overview of the temp industry, with special attention to occupational stress, safety, and health of temp workers. DeSario's film, "All in a Day's Work," will be shown later in the conference.

Get a preview of Kessler's experience in a presentation she made at the Aspen Institute in 2014.

Registration is open for the 2017 Work, Stress and Health Conference. Choose from more than 80 session and six pre-conference workshops that bring together researchers, students and practitioners all interestested in how psychology can improve the health and well-being of workers. More information and registration is at APA's Work, Stress and Health conference site.

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