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A leader in mental health training and education


 

We offer high quality, evidence-based learning opportunities  – for educators, mental health and medical professionals, direct service workers and first responders – to advance best practices in mental health care. We work with expert facilitators to offer programming that supports clients of all ages.

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have successfully pivoted to an online learning platform. Since March 2020, we have offered more than 50 of our courses as webinars, achieving overall program satisfaction ratings of 85 percent or higher for each of our programs.

"I have never attended such a powerful and  informative training. This will shape my practice with all clients immensely." 

 – Laura T., clinical social worker  
September 2020  


Our courses

Clinician support during COVID


nature image showing a tunnel of trees with light at the end

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Grief on the front lines: Fostering healthy grief in ourselves and those who we support

Live webinar February 18, 2021
9 a.m. to noon.
Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP,
Olivia Tischler, MSW, RSW

This webinar will identify common myths and misconceptions about grief as well as barriers to a healthy grief process that come with living through a pandemic. Practical support strategies for fostering a healthy grief process not only in those who we support, but also in ourselves, will be shared throughout the webinar.

 

Certificate programs


image of human head as blocks with person moving blocksCertificate in attachment-focused adult psychotherapy: Advanced course

Live webinar series: January 27, 28, February 24 and 25, 2021
Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW


Gain an advanced level of assessing and treating adults from an attachment-focused model of psychotherapy. Learn to assess the adult attachment category of clients by understanding the behavior of each category and by offering a formal adult attachment assessment.

 


 

aggressive personUnderstanding and managing aggressive behaviour (UMAB) certificate: Part 1

Live webinar February 8, 2021
Official trainer from UMAB Canada



UMAB is a skills-based training program that provides an intensive, highly effective method of managing aggressive behaviour in children, youth and/or adult clients that is in line with legislated policies and procedures. Part 1 focuses on the theory regarding the physiological, psychological and identifying behavioural cues and changes and employing situational-appropriate behaviour management.

 

silhouette of colourful human head withCertificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT): Level 1

Live webinar series February 11, 12, March 4, 5, 2021
Nili R. Benazon, PhD.



This four-day introductory program will present the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions.

 

puzzle pieces of human head showing red traumaCertificate in trauma counselling for mental health professionals: Level 1

Live webinar series March 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 29 2021
Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW



Gain the most current information on the biopsychosocial phenomenon of trauma, along with training in how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to adult clients.

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Working with children, youth and families


forest with sunlight shinning throughUsing chair work to process client and caregiver blocks: An emotion-focused family therapy technique

Live webinar February 9, 2021
Natasha Files, MSW, RSW



Explore application and strategies of client block and caregiver block chair work interventions in the context of individual, caregiver and group-based sessions. Recommendations and containment measures for using these interventions in online sessions will be discussed.

 

human brain as puzzle pieces with 2 pieces missingSupporting clients with concurrent disorders: Assessments, practical applications, tools and techniques

Live webinar February 22, 2021
Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW



Understanding the co-occurring interaction between substance use and mental health will enhance clinician’s ability in developing effective screening/assessment, treatment and community-based plans using collaborative, integrative and responsive approaches to client care.

 

darken room with small light coming from open doorDancing in the darkness: Creative approaches to working with grieving children and youth

Live webinar February 23, 2021
Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP
Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW


Play based, arts based and other creative approaches to both psycho-education and counseling/psychotherapy will be explored during this experiential training in working with children and youth grieving the death of someone.
 



 

woman wearing a mask

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

When the personal is professional: Understanding and addressing vicarious trauma

Live webinar February 26, 2021
9 a.m. to noon

Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW


Take an in-depth look at vicarious trauma, contributing factors (such as the current pandemic) and resiliency-based strategies that can be implemented to reduce the impacts of traumatic exposure in the workplace.


 

image of buds of a tree opening upThe therapeutic relationship is your most powerful tool (and biggest pitfall): Relational strategies to effectively treat challenging trauma clients

Live webinar March 1 and 2, 2021
Robert T. Muller, PhD, C.Psych

Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and how to navigate and use subtle conflicts in the relationship by specifically looking at safety in the relationship and the therapeutic process pace.

 

frustrated youth holding head in handsWorking with violent, suicidal and self-destructive adolescents: A collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach

Live webinar March 11, 2021
Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW


Learn how to tailor-fit and individualize adolescent therapy approach to honour the client’s and family members’ unique preferences, theories of change, and optimize for their goal attainment by using key empirically supported family research findings and evidence-based practice wisdom to inform clinical decision-making.


 

shadow of familyCo-creating cooperative partnerships with reluctant and demoralized parents

Live webinar March 25, 2021
Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW



How do we best respond to angry and hostile parents? How do we instill hope with highly pessimistic and demoralized parents? How do we engage and retain in family therapy mental health and substance abuse-impaired parents? In this highly practical webinar, participants will learn effective therapeutic tools and strategies for rapidly engaging and empowering challenging parents to resolve their children’s difficulties.

 


 

Working with adults


two human heads made of gears and sharing gears back and forthTransference and countertransference in direct service work

Live webinar February 1, 2021
Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW



Explore the core features of metapsychological phenomena: Transference, Projection, Projective Identification and Countertransference. Real case examples will illustrate the complex dialectic of balancing empathic attunement with experiences of empathic strain. This webinar will briefly cover how COVID-19 pandemic related experiences may be linked to state dependent recall and how this dynamic can create and intensify transference and countertransference dynamics.

 

nature image showing a tunnel of trees with light at the end

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Grief on the front lines: Fostering healthy grief in ourselves and those who we support

Live webinar February 18, 2021
9 a.m. to noon.
Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP,
Olivia Tischler, MSW, RSW

This webinar will identify common myths and misconceptions about grief as well as barriers to a healthy grief process that come with living through a pandemic. Practical support strategies for fostering a healthy grief process not only in those who we support, but also in ourselves, will be shared throughout the webinar.

 

image of two heads merged togetherCognitive behaviour therapy treatment for bipolar

Live webinar February 19, 2021
Noah Lazar, PhD, C.Psych




Learn a cognitive conceptualization of Bipolar Disorder with application of monitoring, behavioural and cognitive restructuring techniques for depression and mania.

 

human brain as puzzle piecesSupporting clients with concurrent disorders: Assessments, practical applications, tools and techniques

Live webinar February 22, 2021
Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW



Understanding the co-occurring interaction between substance use and mental health will enhance clinician’s ability in developing effective screening/assessment, treatment and community-based plans using collaborative, integrative and responsive approaches to client care.



 

woman wearing a mask

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

When the personal is professional: Understanding and addressing vicarious trauma

Live webinar February 26, 2021
9 a.m. to noon

Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW


Take an in-depth look at vicarious trauma, contributing factors (such as the current pandemic) and resiliency-based strategies that can be implemented to reduce the impacts of traumatic exposure in the workplace.

 

image of buds of a tree opening upThe therapeutic relationship is your most powerful tool (and biggest pitfall): Relational strategies to effectively treat challenging trauma clients

Live webinar March 1 and 2, 2021          
Robert T. Muller, PhD, C.Psych

Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and how to navigate and use subtle conflicts in the relationship by specifically looking at safety in the relationship and the therapeutic process pace.

 

woman and child smilingUnderstanding and connecting with Black clients

Live webinar March 9 and 10, 2021
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Simone Leavell-Bruce, Psy.D



This webinar caters to mental health providers who are committed to providing culturally responsive mental health service to minoritized communities, particularly Black clients. Topics covered will include identifying and addressing race-based stress and trauma, racial identity development, and the use of culturally responsive methods in the assessment and treatment of Black individuals.

 

person with many thoughts around headCognitive behaviour therapy treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Live webinar March 12, 2021
Noah Lazar, PhD, C.Psych


The first part of this webinar will on CBT models and conceptualizations of GAD, addressing cognitive restructuring and behavioural techniques. The second part will focus on CBT conceptualizations for multiple presentations of OCD along with cognitive techniques to challenge obsessional thinking and the utility of compulsive behaviour.


 

Leadership training for health and human service professionals

Watch for more leadership training to come in 2021


Our commitment to engaging and inclusive learning experiences

In collaboration with our facilitators, we create immersive and interactive online learning experiences that combine thought leadership with practical application. We prioritize quality programming and continually strive to ensure accessible materials and technologies, inclusive course design, and best practices for facilitating online.

In addition to our courses, we offer customized online training programs and have a commitment to building community through partnerships and affiliations, as part of the SickKids Mental Health enterprise.

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

We would love to hear from you. Please contact Mary Anne Van Rooyen via email at mvanrooyen@sickkidscmhlearning.ca, toll-free at 1-855-944-4673, or locally at: 416-924-1164, ext. 3233.