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Mental health training and education

At SickKids CCMH Learning Institute, we:

  • Lead in the field of mental health training and education.
  • Advance best practices, providing highest quality, evidence-based learning.
  • Support and promote mental health across the life span through training and education.
  • Offer training via webinars, workshops, certificate courses and leadership training (see below).
  • Offer customized agency training programs.
  • Build partnerships and affiliations with community to build mental health service capacity.
  • Create space for academics, practitioners and researchers to engage in spirited dialogue and innovative thinking.
Keep learning through COVID19 with live webinars
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We are continuing to offer our trainings as webinars and will do so into the fall. We will actively monitor COVID-19 and follow the guidelines and recommendations of all levels of government and health authorities; should circumstances allow us to make additional changes to the nature of our business (such as a return to in-class training), we will keep you informed. Please watch this space for updates.

Our courses

Certificate programs

family playing a board gameCertificate in Essential Skills for Assessing and Treating Children and Families

Live webinar series September 16, October 26, 28 and 29, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S., and Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S.

Augment your clinical skills and therapeutic toolkit for a wide range of issues when working with children, adolescents, and their families. Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules.
Module Overview:
Module 1: What's going on? An innovative model for assessing children and teens.
Module 2: Wanna Come Out and Play? The creative use of games, stories, puppets, and art with children and teens.
Module 3: Essential Theory and Practical Skills for Child-Focused Family Therapy.
Module 4: Creative Techniques for Child-Focused Family Therapy.


sad child hiding headCertificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement 

Live webinar series
September 17, October 20, November 26, 2020, January 19 and February 23, 2021

Lead by Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP.

Gain the skills to provide support to children, youth, and families grieving the dying, or death of someone they care about. Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules.
Module Overview:
Module 1: Children at the Bedside.
Module 2: When Death Darkens the Door.
Module 3: When Grief Gets More Complicated.
Module 4: Using Mindfulness and Compassion to Support Grieving Children/Families.
Module 5: Dancing in the Darkness.


human head with coloursCertificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1: 
Practical solutions to real world problems

Live webinar series
September 24, 25, October 22, and 23, 2020

Nili R. Benazon, PhD.

Learn the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT) in this four-day introductory certificate program.


human head with various coloursNarrative Therapy Certificate: Actively engage and leave empowered to implement change

Live webinar series
October 13, 14, 27, November 4 and 5, 2020
Bonnie Miller, MSW., RSW.

Gain a clear set of steps to incorporate this therapeutic model into best practices and break down the theory of narrative therapy into skills that can be practiced immediately.



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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.  
Watch this space for further details


Workshops: Working with children, youth and families

image of diverse group of youthSupporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People

Live webinar September 23, 2020
Amy Gajaria, MD., FRCP©.

This webinar will give guidance to professionals in providing culturally competent clinical care for underserved, diverse, racialized young people and their families. 

child's head silhouette held together with tapeUnderstanding the Effects of Trauma on Brain Development

Live webinar October 8 and 9, 2020
Geraldine Crisci, MSW., RP.
Ms. Crisci is an author, professional trainer, speaker and practitioner.

This webinar will present the effects of early childhood trauma on brain development integrating an attachment and developmental lens and provide a framework for understanding the implications of neglect, chaotic and violent environments on behavioural presentations in children. 


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 of TF-CBT along with creative interventions for each of the eight treatment components and how to effectively utilize TF-CBT in play therapy to treat a range of childhood traumas.


photo of diverse group of school aged childrenCollaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) at School: Moving from power and control to collaboration and problem solving

Live webinar December 3 and 4, 2020
Ross W. Greene, PhD.,
Dr. Greene is a clinical child psychologist, author and public speaker.

Understand the underpinnings of the six key themes of the CPS model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years, along with practical identification, assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in diverse settings.



Workshops: Working with adults

sihloette of person with many worrying thoughts  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Health Anxiety

August 18, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Health anxiety is often the fear that one is ill, or that one will become ill in the future. Often the uncertainty surrounding the future or certain physical symptoms can increase this anxiety and during a pandemic, this anxiety can become more prevalent. This webinar will discuss the conceptualization of health anxiety, as well as cognitive and behavioural strategies to address it.


PTSD lettersTrauma in the Mind’s Eye: Mitigating and eliminating intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares

Live webinar September 14, 2020
Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW.

This webinar will review effective interventions that target source traumatic memories, techniques for processing horror, how to process five cognitive stuck points and explore effective evidence-based treatments.


flower growing from dry groundStuck in the Vortex of Despair: Responding effectively to clients who experience complex post-traumatic stress disorder and developmental trauma

Live webinar September 21 and 28, 2020
Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW.

Explore the intersecting dimensions of insecure attachment and Complex Developmental Trauma, learn to distinguish between PTSD, CPTSD, BDP and DT, identify the core characterological features of chronic trauma and outline key treatment directions, strategies and models.
human head with colours  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Psychedelic Medicine and the Future of Mental Health: The therapeutic use of psychedelic medicines in the treatment of emotional and psychosomatic disorders

September 30, 2020 | 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
Adele Lafrance, PhD., and Reid Robison, MD., MBA

This webinar will present recent findings on how the use of psychedelics, paired with psychotherapy, has the potential to yield significant breakthroughs for adults with difficult-to-treat mental health conditions.


various human silhouettesDialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): An introduction to essential components

Live webinar October 1 and 2, 2020
Lyndsey Davies, MSW., RSW.

This two-day introductory webinar will present the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components, along with DBT skills from each of the four modules.


heart mind and bodyGrounding the Heart, Mind and Body: Help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy

October 19, 2020
Michel Jones, MSW., RSW., RP.

Learn how the brainstem, limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex system impact each other and affect emotional response and cognitive distortions along with specific grounding techniques to bring traumatized clients out of the "there and then" to the "here and now” to allow for treatment.


full human body showing how all parts connectedOccupation and Trauma: Expanding occupational therapy practice

Live webinar November 3 and 4, 2020
Megan Edgelow, MSc., (RHBS.), and Heidi Cramm, PhD.

Explore the nature and prevalence of trauma and resulting impacts, introduce and utilize the Occupational Therapy Trauma Intervention Framework (OTTIF), and present holistic practice methods that include families and support networks. 


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.

This advanced training will provide a more in-depth understanding of DBT, with respect to developing a DBT-based case formulation and understanding of the controlling variables of problematic behaviours and methods to recognize and address secondary targets.


Leadership training for health and human service professionals

More leadership training is coming soon, watch this space for details!

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