Winter 2022

ESRP 9000 Professor

Don Hall, Ed.D.

ESRP 9001 Professor

David B. Ross, Ed.D.

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was developed to identify and address occupational hazards impacting the psychological wellness of mental health clinicians at a collegiate setting. A SWOT analysis identified toxic leadership as an occupational hazard that poses a significant threat to the mental health of clinicians working within a collegiate counseling center. Effective solutions to mitigate occupational stress and improve mental health were identified. Internet-based stress management interventions, mindfulness-based interventions, exposure to nature/green exercise, and workplace social support were the four potential solutions presented for the project. These solutions proved effective in mitigating psychological distress associated with occupational stress.

The solution selected for this project involved the development of workplace social support. This solution can assist employees in developing a psychological safeguard against organizational stress. Workplace social support can also improve organizational performance as employees would have the cognitive and emotional capacity to effectively manage organizational obligations. Employee advocacy/representation was identified as a method of workplace social support to implement within the organization.

An action plan was developed incorporating two primary goals: 1) the promotion and protection of occupational employee health and wellness and 2) improving trust and communication between employees, supervisors, and the organization. Also identified were the key action steps necessary to reach the goals over a six-month period. Next, roles, responsibilities, and organizational support were assigned to middle leadership, senior management, and human resources management. Lastly, six main resources, barriers, ways to overcome the barriers, and necessary evaluative approaches were identified.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education