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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


person wearing a mask  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness techniques to decrease stress and increase resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

Live webinar December 10, 2020
9 a.m. to noon

Ellen Choi, B.Comm, M.Sc, 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.

Learn more



 

diverse group of people wearing masks

  2-HOUR WEBINAR  

Ethical Telehealth in the time of COVID-19

Live webinar January 18, 2021
1 to 3 p.m.

Jennifer Felsher, PhD, C.Psych



Most mental health professionals have attended or participated in various trainings regarding the "how to" conduct Telehealth. This webinar takes it a step further by reviewing and discussing an ethical decision-making framework to use for determining when telehealth would be helpful vs. harmful.


 

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


This certificate program will provide an advanced level of assessing and treating adults from an attachment-focused model of psychotherapy. It will help participants assess the adult attachment category of clients by understanding the behavior of each category and by offering a formal adult attachment assessment.

 


 

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.

Learn more


 

image of angry man screaming

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


 person wearing a mask 3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness techniques to decrease stress and increase resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

Live webinar December 10, 2020 
9 a.m. to noon

Ellen Choi, B.Comm., M.Sc, 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(c)




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.


 

image of a broken paper heart and a family separated

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Creative interventions for children of divorce

Live webinar January 13, 2021
1 to 4 p.m.

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S



Examine the most current theory and research on children of divorce, and gain assessment, interventions, and treatment techniques that mental health professionals can utilize to guide children through the complications of divorce. 

 

image of group of youth all looking at smart phones

  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Digital media use in youth: Navigating the tensions between online risk and opportunity during a complex time

Live webinar January 18, 2021
9 a.m. to noon

Bethany Good, RSW, PhD Candidate
Marshall Korenblum, MD, FRCP(c)

Today's young people grow up online. How does near constant use of social media affect relationships, learning and mental health? This training will examine the pros and cons of information technology for both therapists and clients. These themes are particularly relevant considering the integral role of internet-enabled communication during the global pandemic.

 

diverse group of people wearing masks

  2-HOUR WEBINAR  

Ethical Telehealth in the time of COVID-19

Live webinar January 18, 2021
1 to 3 p.m.

Jennifer Felsher, PhD, C.Psych



Most mental health professionals have attended or participated in various trainings regarding the "how to" conduct Telehealth. This webinar takes it a step further by reviewing and discussing an ethical decision-making framework to use for determining when telehealth would be helpful vs. harmful.

 

sad children being held by parentUsing mindfulness and compassion to support grieving children and families

Live webinar January 19, 2021
Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP
Rev. Andrew Blake


Evidence points to the significance of mindfulness in establishing the skill of “being present”, which is an essential component of providing grief support. In addition to the use of compassion in clinical work, mindfulness practices that can be used with children, adolescents and families will be explored, as will the link with the clinician’s own mindful practice.


 

therapist showing two people a video on a computerVideo feedback for coparents: Using the Lausanne Trilogue Family Play tools in clinical contexts

Live webinar January 20, 2021
Diane A. Philipp, MD, FRCP(c)



Be introduced to the benefits and delivery of Lausanne Family Play (LFP) tasks as assessment and intervention tools that can be used in clinic, in-home and in a remote context. Basic format and structure of video feedback sessions using vignettes of the play will be covered along with selection of appropriate segments of interaction for video feedback.

 

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.


 

 

Working with adults


black ribbon with the words grief  3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Clinical tools and techniques for grief therapy with adult clients

December 7, 2020
9 a.m. to noon

Virginia Boquiren, PhD, CPsych


Grief is generally associated with the loss of a loved one; however, grief can also be experienced by other losses, such as those experienced during COVID-19, losing a job, or the end of a relationship. This webinar will explore different theories of grief, normative grief reaction, how grief differs from depression and Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder along with clinical techniques and strategies used in grief therapy.

 

 person wearing a mak 3-HOUR WEBINAR  

Mindfulness techniques to decrease stress and increase resilience: Cultivating attitudes that support well-being during COVID-19

Live webinar December 10, 2020
9 a.m. to noon

Ellen Choi, B.Comm, M.Sc, 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.


 

human body shown as connected dots

Occupation and trauma: Expanding occupational therapy practice

Live webinar January 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 2021
9 a.m. to noon

Megan Edgelow, MSc, (RHBS),
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.

 


 

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.


 

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.

 



 

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


person doing an online meetingHolding 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.


 

person hosting an online meetingBuilding 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.