*Individual coaching and consultation also available.

NEW!  COVID workshop

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Evidence-based Skills to Improve Adherence, Mental Health and Quality of Life for Clients with Chronic Illness

April 30 & May 3, 2021

9:00am – 4:00pm

Charge your battery: Self-care skills training for healthcare providers during COVID-19

Description: These sessions are based on an empirically supported professional resiliency program that has been adapted for healthcare providers dealing with COVID-19. In times of crisis, health care providers often work hard in selfless ways to maintain the health of their patients. The stress this creates may lead to increased susceptibility towards burnout and mental and physical illnesses. These sessions review empirically based skills that healthcare providers can use to engage more consistently in self-care behaviours (i.e., “charge their batteries”) even during this crisis. The ultimate goal is to help feel more engaged and fulfilled not just at work but also at home. 

Format: 8-week program, 1 hour per week, delivered virtually. Recordings of each session is also available for those who cannot attend the live sessions. 

Chronic Disease Management Skills for Healthcare Providers

There is an urgent need for healthcare providers to promote sustained health behaviour change in order to improve chronic disease management. Research shows that behaviour change improves health outcomes and that healthcare providers can make a meaningful impact on patients’ health behaviours. However, most health care providers have little training, and therefore low confidence in, behaviour change skills. This workshop provides concrete, applicable skills based on the latest research that healthcare providers can use to support health behaviour change and chronic disease management.

When offered as a two day workshop, we also include professional readiness training. This program is based on an evidence based program designed to provide healthcare providers skills to manage the stress of change and improve adoption of behaviour change skills into their clinical practice.

Recommended length: 1 or 2 day workshop*

Professional Resiliency and Burnout Prevention

Healthcare providers have some of the highest rates of burnout across professions. They also have some of the lowest rates of help seeking. This program offers practical, real-life strategies to help prevent and cope with burnout and improve professional resiliency in healthcare providers. Participants will be introduced to some of the latest empirically based skills and techniques that have been shown to improve well-being and resiliency. In particular, participants will learn to recognize and manage what “gets in the way” of engaging in the self-care they already know they “should be doing.”

Recommended length: 1 day workshop*

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported therapy for a number of disorders and problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, pain, and obesity. ACT is the most recent version of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that incorporates mindfulness and acceptance techniques. Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is an international expert on ACT for health problems and chronic disease and is president of the Atlantic Canada chapter for the international organization for ACT. Attendees will learn concrete, applicable skills that can be used directly with their patients.

Recommended length: 1 or 2 day workshop*


Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (Central Zone) for the Multi Organ Transplant Program, a Trainer and Researcher of the Behaviour Change Institute and was the lead psychologist for the first medically and psychologically supervised multidisciplinary obesity clinic in Atlantic Canada. She is the president of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the vice-chair of the Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award – Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club).

She has a small private practice specializing in health behaviour change and couples therapy and is a Certified Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Couples Therapist. She provides consultation regarding organization change and healthy workplaces for a variety of healthcare and private organizations.

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley’s areas of expertise include adapting to chronic health conditions, professional resiliency, managing and treating obesity, and facilitating behavior change. She is an active trainer and supervisor in Motivational Interviewing/Communication, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behaviour Change Counselling and Emotion Focused Therapy for couples. In the last 5 years she has presented over 45 workshops and presentations to more than 2,800 healthcare providers, researchers, and members of the general public. She has an active research program on behavior change, obesity, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Lee-Baggley has been funded by local, provincial, and national research granting agencies. She has over 35 peer-reviewed publications and over 110 scholarly presentations.