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Message from the Lead Executive, SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Leading the way in mental health training and education

At SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH) Learning Institute, we strive to be leaders in education and training by advancing best-practices in the treatment of mental health, and this year was no exception. In 2017-18, SickKids CCMH Learning Institute provided training to 1,300 professionals and delivered over 90 courses onsite and across Ontario.

With our recent integration with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Learning Institute, we have new leadership and a new strategic plan. It has been an important year for us as we reflected on our significant achievements, and leveraged the opportunity to confirm our vision for the future.

New leadership and our new name

In February, we were pleased to have Angela Kaushal join the team as Director of SickKids CCMH Learning Institute. Angela brings a passion for learning and experience in the mental health sector. She brings creative energy and inspired leadership to our collective efforts. In addition to new leadership, it was with great enthusiasm that we have rebranded ourselves: we are now known as the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute. This new name reflects our integration with SickKids Learning Institute while strengthening our alignment to SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (SickKids CCMH). Under this new name, we will maintain the long-standing Hincks-Dellcrest Institute (HDI) commitment to advancing best practices through mental health education.

New strategic plan

This year also marked the launch of the 2017-20 SickKids CCMH Learning Institute Strategic Plan, outlining six key strategic directions and some specific goals and priorities that will raise the bar of training and education, strengthen the SickKids CCMH Learning Institute identity, and broaden our reach and impact – locally, nationally and internationally. Our strategic plan aligns our work with the SickKids Learning Institute, as well as with SickKids CCMH. The future is bright for SickKids CCMH Learning Institute as we enhance our course offerings, identify opportunities to leverage and promote the knowledge and skills of existing faculty, build talent among the clinicians of SickKids CCMH and the mental health community at large, broaden our reach through the use of online educational offerings, strengthen our identity in the community and refine our business model. 

Broadening our reach

As we look to the near future, we are excited to be working closely with SickKids Learning Institute to enhance and diversify our education offerings to include online courses and webinar training, with our first webinar training set to launch in the winter of 2018. This inclusion of eLearning will allow professionals across the globe to access our leading-edge courses and enhance our global impact within the mental health community.

Enhanced course catalogue and quality assurance

A core value and commitment of SickKids CCMH Learning Institute is to ensure professionals can be confident that they are receiving the most relevant, current and evidence-based mental health training available. This year we reviewed all of our educational offerings and analyzed each of them for relevance, alignment with clinical and academic priorities of the mental health community and impact. As a result of this review, we are pleased to announce an enhanced 2018/19 course catalogue, including more than 20 new courses focusing on best practices in the treatment of mental health for children, youth and adults. The team continues to evaluate and refine the quality assurance process to ensure regular rigorous review of all course offerings.

Advisory committee

Recently we launched our SickKids CCMH Learning Institute Advisory Board to provide a forum for key community partners to provide strategic guidance and leadership to us. This group will help us identify the learning needs of professionals within the community mental health sector so we can be responsive and timely in course delivery. They will also inform us on key decisions that will benefit from stakeholder insights and partner with us to strengthen the identity and awareness of our Institute’s mandate and services to meet diverse needs locally, nationally and internationally.

Final words

We look forward to another exciting year of growth and innovation. Building from a solid foundation and excellent reputation of the former HDI, the new SickKids CCMH Learning Institute promises to offer exceptional learning experiences that support providers and families focused on delivering excellent mental health care to children and their families. 

Pam Hubley
Vice President Education & Academic Practice, SickKids
Lead Executive, SickKids CCMH Learning Institute