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SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Hincks Dellcrest (HD) Institute

At the HD Institute, our mission is to build knowledge and capacity in mental health through education and outreach. We offer advanced education to those who work in a variety of mental health professions. By inviting locally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of mental health, our goal is to provide the highest quality learning available.

See for yourself the great learning opportunities available through HD Institute for 2018, in our Winter, Spring & Summer 2018 Academic Calendar.

HD Institute was established in 1986 (originally Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute), to respond to the challenge of improved mental health care for children, by providing advanced training, research and community consultation in the area of children’s mental health. Since that time the volume and scope of the Institute’s activities have grown significantly. The Institute’s training department now offers a range of educational opportunities to over 4,000 professionals annually in children’s mental health and related fields. Training is delivered in the form of workshops and seminars, certificate courses, and international conferences in collaboration with University of Toronto's, Faculty of Social Work, and the Continuing Education Department at O.I.S.I.E., University of St. Thomas / Florida, and Dalhousie University's, Department of Social Work. Increasingly, the Institute is forming strategic alliances with universities and organizations in Canada, the United States and internationally.

One of the primary activities of the Institute is knowledge creation, development and transfer. We accomplish this through our own research and evaluation initiatives, which create innovation through the expansion and extension of existing knowledge and theoretical models. By sharing this innovative work with other practitioners in the field through education, we improve practice, responsiveness and the quality of services for children and families.

Another way of extending existing knowledge is by creating forums to bring together the cutting-edge thinkers, academics, researchers and practitioners to engage in spirited dialogue, encouraging a healthy questioning of taken-for-granted thinking and moving toward what is possible to know and do. To this end we have created conferences that promote fresh new ideas, and thinking that is so far out-of-the-box such that it stands just beyond the cutting edge of innovation.

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SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, HD Institute
114 Maitland Street, Toronto Ontario Canada M4Y 1E1
Toll-Free: 1-855-944-HOPE (4673)
Local: 416-924-1164, ext. 8707