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A leader in mental health training and education


We offer high quality, evidence-based learning opportunities 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


girl sitting at computer wearing headphones

  2-HOUR WEBINAR with Q&A 

MORE Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children

November 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. and December 2 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S.


During the first wave of Covid19, Liana Lowenstein supported thousands of clinicians in gaining the required skills and techniques for transitioning children to online therapy. Back by popular demand, Liana’s new webinar focuses on more advanced and useful ideas for engaging clients and will address the most pressing challenges for working with children and teens via online sessions. This new webinar provides an opportunity for deeper engagement as it includes a follow-up one-hour Q & A session with Liana and online therapy expert Rachel Altvater.

 

image of person multi-tasking wearing a mask  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness Techniques to Decrease Stress and Increase Resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

December 10, 2020 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ellen Choi, B.Comm., Msc., PhD.

With so much uncertainty around the course and duration of this pandemic, health professionals must prioritize self-care. This webinar will explore stressors through sensory orientation, provide a better understanding of stress responses and examine the three predictors of post-traumatic growth.



 

Certificate programs


image of person sitting with colours flowing from head  New Dates  
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Level 2

Live webinar series October 30, November 11, 2020, January 15, February 19 and March 12, 2021
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.


Expand your scope of practice and competency in treating mental health disorders and clinical populations. Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules.
Module Overview
Module 1: Developing Cognitive Case Conceptualizations and Challenging Core Beliefs.
Module 2: Integrated CBT Treatment for Anxiety in Clinical Practice.
Module 3: CBT Treatment for Psychosis.
Module 4: CBT Treatment for Bipolar.
Module 5: CBT Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
 

 

building blocks showing idea of leadership or promotionCertificate for New Supervisors

Live webinar series November 12, 13, and December 8, 14, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD., and
Marion Langford, M.Ed.



Gain practical tools, frameworks, strategies and techniques that build the basis of successful leadership given the current work environment. Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules.
Module Overview:
Module 1: Essential Skills for the New Supervisor.
Module 2: Leadership and Motivation.
Module 3: Holding Difficult Conversations.
Module 4: Building and Sustaining your Credibility and Influence.

 

image of human head made of blue puzzle pieces with some redCertificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals: Level 1

Live webinar series November 23, 25, 27, 30, December 2, 14, 2020 
OR
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.

Learn more - March 2021


 

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Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB) Certificate: Safely manage aggressive behaviour in children, youth and/or adults.

Two-day, or Three-day Program
Date to be confirmed

Facilitated by an Official UMAB Canada Trainer

The UMAB certificate program is a skills-based training program that is an intensive and highly effective method of safely managing aggressive children, youth or adults.  



 

Working with children, youth and families


family playing a gameEssential Theory and Practical Skills for Child-Focused Family Therapy

Live webinar October 28, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S., and Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S.



This webinar will present the rationale for child-focused family sessions, and will outline the major models and essential skills of child-focused family therapy.

 

family playing togetherCreative Techniques for Child-Focused Family Therapy

Live webinar October 29, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S.




This webinar will outline a rational for using play-based innovative techniques that engage, assess and treat families while providing a medium for all members to participate and promote positive family interaction.

 

dry grown with small green bud growingIntroduction to Brief Narrative Therapy

Live webinar November 2 and 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Scot Cooper, RP.



Examine important concepts, accompanying practices and specific questioning techniques, along with important ways to co-develop plans of action.

 

sad child sitting with head downTrauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT): Blending theory with innovative techniques

Live webinar November 9 and 10, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-SP.


Gain an understanding of the theoretical framework, interventions and treatment components of TF-CBT that can be used to treat a range of childhood traumas.  

 

little girl in front of computer  2-HOUR WEBINAR with Q&A 

MORE Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children

November 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. and December 2 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S.


During the first wave of Covid19, Liana Lowenstein supported thousands of clinicians in gaining the required skills and techniques for transitioning children to online therapy. Back by popular demand, Liana’s new webinar focuses on more advanced and useful ideas for engaging clients and will address the most pressing challenges for working with children and teens via online sessions. This new webinar provides an opportunity for deeper engagement as it includes a follow-up one-hour Q & A session with Liana and online therapy expert Rachel Altvater.

 


 

sad child sitting alone hiding his faceWhen Grief Gets More Complicated

Live webinar November 26, 2020
Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP., and
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S.,



Learn how to support children and youth who have experienced death with additional complicating circumstances such as the nature of the death (suicide, homicide, substance use disorder), along with ways of identifying trauma symptoms in children and youth.

 

sad youth in shadow  3-HOUR WEBINAR  
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents: The role of emotion regulation in understanding and treating this urgent problem

Live webinar December 1, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Marshall Korenblum, MD., FRCP©., Dip. Child Psychiatry, Medical Director at SickKids CCMH, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

There has been an explosion of self-harm among teenagers in the last 10 years. Why?
This webinar will define and explore the epidemiology and prevalence of a new (DSM-V) syndrome, called Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disorder along with an explanation of the underlying root causes of self-harm. 

image showing person multitasking with a mask on  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness Techniques to Decrease Stress and Increase Resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

December 10, 2020 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ellen Choi, B.Comm., Msc., PhD.

With so much uncertainty around the course and duration of this pandemic, health professionals must prioritize self-care. This webinar will explore stressors through sensory orientation, provide a better understanding of stress responses and examine the three predictors of post-traumatic growth.


 

group of diverse peopleSupporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People

Live webinar December 11, 2020
Amy Gajaria, MD., FRCP©.




Gain guidance in providing culturally competent clinical care for underserved, diverse, racialized young people and their families.

Learn more


 

child's chalk drawing of spaceAnxiety and the Gift of the Imagination

Live webinar December 11, 2020 
Robin Alter, PhD., C.Psych.




Anxiety disorders are on the rise and in the time of COVID, anxiety reactions are even more prevalent. Explore a new way to help children understand and manage their anxiety with this successful therapeutic formulation of anxiety along with a clinical model for working with children and anxiety management.



 

Working with adults


human head with colours flowing throughDeveloping Cognitive Case Conceptualizations and Challenging Core Beliefs

Live webinar October 30, 2020
Noah Lazar, PhD., C.Psych.



Examine the relationship between early childhood events, core and intermediate beliefs, and automatic thoughts. How to conceptualize client cases using a CBT approach and strategies to identify and modify intermediate and core beliefs will be explored in-depth.


 

dry grown with small green bud growingIntroduction to Brief Narrative Therapy

Live webinar November 2 and 16, 2020
9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Scot Cooper, RP.



Examine important concepts, accompanying practices and specific questioning techniques, along with important ways to co-develop plans of action.

 

image of upset and stressed person with many thoughts extending from hearIntegrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Anxiety in Clinical Practice

Live webinar November 11, 2020
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.



Examine the physiology of the anxiety system and outline an integrated CBT model to explain the development, maintenance and a treatment protocol that will be applicable to the vast majority of anxiety disorders.
 

 

human silhouettes with advanced training bannerDialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Advanced training for formulating effective treatment plans for complex clients

Live webinar November 17 and 18, 2020
Lyndsey Davies, MSW., RSW.


Gain in-depth knowledge of DBT, with respect to developing a DBT-based case formulation, understanding controlling variables of problematic behaviours along with methods to recognize and address secondary targets.  


 

image of person multitasking  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness Techniques to Decrease Stress and Increase Resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

December 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ellen Choi, B.Comm., Msc., PhD.

With so much uncertainty around the course and duration of this pandemic, health professionals must prioritize self-care. This webinar will explore stressors through sensory orientation, provide a better understanding of stress responses and examine the three predictors of post-traumatic growth.


 

image of two connected silhouettes back to backCognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Bipolar

Live webinar February 19, 2021
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.




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


 

image of a therapy sessionCognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Psychosis

Live webinar January 15, 2021
Noah Lazar, PhD., C.Psych.




Examine a CBT conceptualization of psychosis, common misconceptions regarding the suitability of this population for psychotherapy, as well as an overview of the treatment rationale and CBT strategies that are most helpful for these clients.


 

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, Ph.D., 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


white paper airplanes with one yellow one leadingEssential Skills for the New Supervisor

Live webinar November 12, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD.




Gain the basics of supervision such as how to set clear expectations, delegate effectively, give positive and corrective feedback and how to coach for improved performance.

 

arrows with one red arrow leadingLeadership and Motivation for Supervisors

Live webinar November 13, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD.




Examine the leadership tools supervisors can use to connect employees to the vision of the organization, motivate them, implementing change and build a strong team.

 

performance goalsManaging Employee Performance in Health and Human Service

Live webinar November 19, 2020
Adam Lodzinski, PhD.



Acquire a framework and tools for on-going, regular employee performance management, how to relay expectations to employees and the importance of the performance management process.


 

staff members listening to leader figureHolding Difficult Conversations for Managers

Live webinar November 20, 2020
Marion Langford, M.Ed.




Uncover and utilize your own strengths and style of communication to improve your management and leadership skills.

 


 

group of professionals with leader speaking to groupHolding Difficult Conversations for Supervisors

Live webinar December 8, 2020
Marion Langford, M.Ed.




Learn how to address difficult conversations through conflict approach awareness and the use of questioning and guidance addressing aspects for framing issues along with setting boundaries and accountability.

 

change managementChange Management: Successfully lead and implement change on a large, or small scale in your organization

Live webinar December 9, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD.



Explore the best practices in facilitating change, as well as how to help employees handle change constructively.


 

group of professionalsBuilding and Sustaining your Credibility and Influence

Live webinar December 14, 2020
Marion Langford, M.Ed.




Gain insight and support for building and sustaining credibility and influence, including strategies for working with staff, peers and directors as well as practical advice on establishing a support network and mentoring relationships to sustain ongoing development.

 


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.