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SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH) Learning Institute

The Institute has a new name: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute (SickKids CCMH Learning Institute)! The new name reflects our integration with SickKids Learning Institute, while strengthening our alignment to SickKids CCMH. Under this new name, we will maintain the long-standing HDI commitment to advancing best practices through mental health education; deliver on the strategic directions, goals and priorities that will raise the bar of training and education; and strengthen the SickKids CCMH Learning Institute identity. Check out the new logo!

At SickKids CCMH Learning 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.

Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education

See for yourself the great learning opportunities available through SickKids CCMH Learning Institute, in our 2019 Academic Calender If you have multiple staff with a specific training requirement - let us bring the training to you! Our Customized On-site Training Program provides interactive training sessions delivered by experienced and knowledgeable facilitators where and when it is convenient for you. To learn more about this tailored training, click here.

The SickKids CCMH Learning 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 activities have grown significantly.

SickKids CCMH Learning Institute’s training department offers a range of educational opportunities in mental health and related fields. Training is delivered in the form of workshops, seminars, certificate courses, and 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, SickKids CCMH Learning Institute is forming strategic alliances with universities and organizations in both locally and internationally. 

One of the primary activities 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.

Follow the links below for more information on SickKids CCMH Learning Institute. 

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