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Community Mental Health Training and Education for Professionals

SickKids CCMH Learning Institute is a training facility with a focus on outreach and capacity building within the mental health sector. For over 30 years we have been providing evidence-based training and education to professionals in the Health and Human Services Industry.

Our certificate programs along with our one and two-day workshops provide participants exposure to clinical conversations with multidisciplinary contributions in an interactive, hands-on environment of learning, all orchestrated by innovative facilitators providing best practice training in their field of distinction. 


Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education

For your convenience, our Winter, Spring & Summer 2019 Academic Calendar outlined below is divided into 4 key learning areas. Whether you work with Children, Youth, Families, Adults, or are looking for Leadership Skills Development we have the evidenced-based training to suit your needs.

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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.
 

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

 


Winter, Spring & Summer 2019 Academic Calendar

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Winter, Spring & Summer 2019 Certificate Programs


June 24, 25, 26, July 8, 9, 10, 2019
Facilitator: Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW.
This training is suitable for: Experienced front-line workers (nurses, clergy, social workers, residential workers), counselors and psychotherapists who provide services to vulnerable populations.
In this 6-day certificate program, participants will be given the most current information on the bio psychosocial phenomenon of trauma and training in how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients, given the parameters of the workplace.



 
Certificate for New Supervisors: Develop and enhance your supervisory skills in the Health and Human Service sector. (including individual learning modules 1-4)
July 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2019
Facilitators: Susan Geary, Ph.D. & Marion Langford, M.Ed.
This training is suitable for: New supervisors, or experienced supervisors who would like to fine-tune their supervisory abilities.
This 4-day certificate program gives participants the opportunity to develop and enhance their supervisory skills through the 4-key supervisory based modules that together build the supervisors skill set.
July 16 | Module 1: Essential Skills for the New Supervisor 
July 17 | Module 2: Leadership and Motivation for Supervisors 
July 18 | Module 3: Holding Difficult Conversations for Supervisors 
July 19 | Module 4: Building and Sustaining Your Credibility and Influence
Each Individual Learning Module may be taken separate from the Certificate Program as stand-alone workshops however, all 4 modules must be completed to receive the certificate. 




 
5-Day Narrative Therapy Certificate: Actively engage and leave empowered to implement change
August 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2019
Facilitator:
Bonnie Miller, MSW., RSW.
This training is suitable for: Those interested in Narrative Therapy as a beginner, or who have taken Narrative workshops, but would like a refresher on how to apply it.
This 5-day certificate program breaks down the theory of Narrative Therapy into skills that can be implemented immediately into your practice. After each session, participants will leave with a clear set of steps to incorporate this therapeutic model into practice. This training will utilize interactive conversations, small and large group exercises, live demonstrations, coached practices, and worksheet handouts. If you are new to practice, you will be introduced to a stimulating framework for doing inspired work in this field. If you are an experienced clinician, you will be invited to explore and adapt these ideas and practices to fit with what you already do best.
Spend a week with Bonnie Miller and learn how to:
  • Make your therapeutic relationship even stronger and more collaborative.
  • Bring forward people's values, skills and hopes even in the midst of repetitious complaint and systemic constraints.
  • Manage multi-person, conflict-prone and mandated sessions in a way that increases alliance and motivation.
  • Use assessment and closing documentation to support change.
  • Embed support for change within people's existing communities and networks.




Winter, Spring & Summer 2019 Workshops:

Working with Children, Youth & Families
 

Grounding the Heart, Mind and Body: Help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy
July 15, 2019
Facilitator:
Michel Jones, MSW., RSW., RP.
This training is suitable for: Mental health professionals, social workers, medical professionals, direct service workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers, first responders.
Using recent neurological research and proven stress reduction methods, this workshop will provide practical tools that front-line workers can use to help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy. Participants will learn how the brainstem, the limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex system work together and impact each other, how these three systems differentially affect "fight or flight", emotional response and cognitive distortions. Participants will gain different grounding techniques that work with each of the three systems, to bring clients back into their "window of tolerance" and bring traumatized clients out of the "there and then" to the "here and now” to allow for treatment.




 
Promoting Adaptive Anxiety in Children: Confronting the rising anxiety disorders in children and youth
July 24, 2019
Facilitator:
Alex Russell, Ph.D, C.Psych.
This training is suitable for: Counsellors, educators, early childhood educators, school counsellors, mental health professionals, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers.
This workshop will provide participants with a healthy perspective on anxiety, in which childhood anxiety is understood as a necessary building block of adaptation and an essential gateway to a child’s creative engagement with the world. Participants will learn how to work with parents caught between protecting their children and supporting their independence. Understanding and working with children and youth who have developed maladaptive forms of anxiety and tools for working with this group will be covered in detail.


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Winter, Spring & Summer 2019 Workshops:
Working with Adults

 

Becoming an Adult Attachment Focused Therapist: Shifting framework in therapeutic work
July 11, 2019
Facilitator:
Annette Kussin, MSW., RSW.
This training is suitable for: All educators, mental health care professionals, direct service workers, and medical professionals
This workshop will present a model of therapy that will shift participant’s theoretical framework to that of Attachment Focused Therapy. This model will help assess adult attachment categories, recognize the impact of early childhood attachment experiences, guide clients through the process of mourning their losses and longings and use one’s self in the reparative process of therapy. Participants will develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in therapeutic work.  




 
Motivational Interviewing (MI): Incorporate Miller and Rollnik’s MI techniques into practice
July 12, 2019
Facilitator:
Adam Lodzinski, Ph.D.
This training Is suitable for: Mental health and medical professionals, as well as direct service workers of all experience levels.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a client's motivation and commitment to change. This workshop teaches the guiding principles, strategies and skills for incorporating Miller and Rollnik’s MI techniques into practice. 



 
Grounding the Heart, Mind and Body: Help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy
July 15, 2019
Facilitator:
Michel Jones, MSW., RSW., RP.
This training is suitable for: Mental health professionals, social workers, medical professionals, direct service workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers, first responders.
Using recent neurological research and proven stress reduction methods, this workshop will provide practical tools that front-line workers can use to help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy. Participants will learn how the brainstem, the limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex system work together and impact each other, how these three systems differentially affect "fight or flight", emotional response and cognitive distortions. Participants will gain different grounding techniques that work with each of the three systems, to bring clients back into their "window of tolerance" and bring traumatized clients out of the "there and then" to the "here and now” to allow for treatment.

 

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Winter, Spring & Summer 2019
Leadership Training for Health and Human Service Professionals
 

Essential Skills for the New Supervisor: Making the successful transition to supervisor
July 16, 2019
Facilitator:
Susan Geary, Ph.D.
This training is suitable for: First time supervisors, team leaders with supervisory responsibilities, and new managers.
This workshop will focus on the multi-faceted role of the supervisor and how to provide supervision to employees through the use of effective leadership strategies. Participants will learn the basics of supervision such as setting expectations, delegation, feedback and coaching for improved performance. Interviewing strategies, hiring and essential time management skills will also be covered. This is Learning Module 1 of the Certificate for New Supervisors. This module may be taken separately from the certificate program as a stand-alone workshop.



 
Leadership and Motivation for Supervisors: Engage and inspire employees to achieve success and motivate performance
July 17, 2019
Facilitator:
Susan Geary, Ph.D.
This training is suitable for: New supervisors, or those who hope to take over a supervisory position in the future. It is also well suited for experienced supervisors who would like to fine-tune their supervisory abilities.
Dr. Geary will start off by presenting what leadership is and how it differs from management. Participants will then examine the supervisor's role in leading and motivating employees through needs assessment tools and appropriate leadership style. The supervisor’s role in change management will also be covered. This is Learning Module 2 of the Certificate for New Supervisors. This module may be taken separately from the certificate program as a stand-alone workshop.


 
Holding Difficult Conversations for Supervisors: An essential skill in a supervisor role
July 18, 2019
Facilitator:
Marion Langford, M.Ed.
This training is suitable for: New supervisors or those who hope to take over a supervisory position in the future. It is also suitable for experienced supervisors who would like to fine-tune their supervisory abilities.
This workshop will offer supervisor insight, tools and strategies for holding difficult conversations through the use of appreciative listening, identifying conflict patterns, understanding the observational process and how to create and communicate boundaries/limits. Time will be provided to discuss any current dilemmas and develop an approach for when participants return to work. This is Learning Module 3 of the Certificate for New Supervisors. This module may be taken separately from the certificate program as a stand-alone workshop.



 
Building and Sustaining Your Credibility and Influence as a New Supervisor
July 19, 2019
Facilitator:
Marion Langford, M.Ed.
This training is suitable for: New supervisors, or those who hope to take over a supervisory position in the future. It is also suitable for experienced supervisors who would like to fine-tune their supervisory abilities.
This workshop is designed to take participants through the how-to and strategies that can be used to meet the common credibility and influence challenges facing new supervisors. Participants will learn how to establish their credibility and authority in the role in a respectful and confident way, while building new supervisory relationships and collaboration capacity with the team. Ms. Langford will provide practical advice on establishing a support network and mentoring relationships to sustain ongoing development. Conflict management strategies for the new supervisor will also be covered. This is Learning Module 4 of the Certificate for New Supervisors. This module may be taken separately from the certificate program as a stand-alone workshop.


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