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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


Additional webinars are coming soon!



 

Certificate programs


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

Live webinar series
March 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 29, 2021

OR
May 21, 26, 28, 31, June 7 and 9, 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 about the March program

Learn more about the May program


 

image of human head made of paperwith areas of redAdvanced clinical trauma skills and practices: Level 2 trauma certificate

Live webinar series April 12, 13, 19, 20 and 26, 2021
Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW



This clinical trauma training will provide both theoretical and applied steps to working with clients who have been implicated by trauma. It will cover the DSM-5 for PTSD; clinical steps including intake, screening and assessment instruments; recognizing dissociative features; neurobiological and physiological responses to PTSD; counter-transference/transference reaction; ground strategies and tool kits; case conceptualization formulation; and the application of CBT and other clinical strategies to manage flashbacks.


 

image of child hiding faceChildren's grief and bereavement certificate program

Live webinar series April 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12, 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.  Professionals cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child's life, but with the right skills and tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child’s grief experience and therefore help the child thrive in life.

 

image of human head with building blocksCertificate in attachment-focused adult psychotherapy: Advanced course

Live webinar series May 17, 18, June 1 and 2, 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.

 

Working with children, youth and families


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.

 

image of clinician showing parents a video on computer screenVideo feedback for coparents: Using the Lausanne Trilogue Family Play tools in clinical contexts

Live webinar April 7, 2021
Diane A. Philipp, MD, FRCP(c)



In this interactive webinar therapists will learn a brief assessment and intervention model for young families. The approach uses the well-established Lausanne Family Play and Discussion tasks to provide video feedback to parents about their child, any sibling dynamics, the family alliance, and any parenting or coparenting issues. The model is versatile, and can be done both in clinic as well as in-home or via videoconference to both assess and help families.
 

silhouette of kid with sun shinning through cloudsPromoting adaptive anxiety in children and teenagers: An approach to treating anxious children and providing parent guidance in anxious times

Live webinar series April 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2021
9 a.m. to noon
Alex Russell, PhD, C.Psych
This training provides an approach to treating children with anxiety issues within the current cultural context, along with an approach to helping parents raise resilient, emotionally healthy children. Gain a health 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.

 

image of diverse group of people holding puzzle piecesImplementing core components of child and adolescent mental health service transitions in your organization

Live webinar April 21 and 28, 2021
9 a.m. to noon
Kristin Cleverley, RN, PhD, CPMHN

Youth mental health transitions from child and adolescent mental health services are a crucial stage in the mental health journey. Yet, 60% of young people disengage from services at this time. Led in partnership with researchers, youth, caregivers, service providers and administrators, this training aims to provide those working in the mental health field with the information and skills to create, implement, and evaluate components of successful transitions that best suit their client’s needs to better support this mental health service transition.


 

image showing ADHD with question markThe impact of childhood trauma and ADHD: Similarities and differences

Live webinar April 22, 2021
9 a.m. to noon
Dr. Donna MacLachlan



Explore how the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity may mirror the effects of childhood trauma and may be confused with the symptoms of ADHD. Discussion will include how to gather a history in an effort to differentiate the symptoms along with an overview of the current treatment recommendations for trauma and ADHD will be discussed.  

 

image shows a piece of art in a photo taken by Robyn LamDialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and the ambivalent adolescent: The effective use of DBT in clinical practice with adolescents

Live webinar April 22, 23, 29, and 30 2021
9 a.m. to noon 

Robyn Lam MA, RP, CCC


DBT skills are especially relevant now for adolescents struggling to manage their emotions while facing multiple changes to their routines and way of life, given the limitations of the pandemic. The core skills and concepts of DBT for adolescents will be briefly covered, the focus primarily will be on how to utilize these skills and concepts to address ambivalence and encourage integration of DBT skills in the youth's daily life.

Trans Atlantic Logo human head silhouetteTrans care for mental health practitioners: Introduction and working with trans and gender non-conforming patients in a clinical setting

Live webinar May 6 and 13, 2021
9 a.m. to noon

Jennifer Thomson, MACP, RP, CPT, NFS Michelle Bridgman, MSc,

Do you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about working with clients who identify as gender non-conforming? This webinar is designed to help professionals become familiar with terminology and gain an understanding of working with young people challenged by, or experiencing non-conforming gender identities. Most importantly, this training will illustrate how to work with and support these individuals and better understand and apply the ethical and legal guidelines for working with this group.

 


 

image of happy group of youth wearing masksStanding up to COVID-19: Effective stress-inoculation and resiliency-enhancing strategies to help prevent youth anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behaviours

Live webinar May 7, 2021
Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW, CRADC

Learn how to interview for wellness and possibilities by eliciting and utilizing to the maximum degree youths' pretreatment changes, self-generated coping, problem-solving, and health-enhancing expertise to further empower them. Gain a variety of stress-inoculation and resiliency-enhancing tools and strategies to help reduce stress, stabilize anxiety and depressive symptoms, and prevent self-destructive behaviours.

 


 

Working with adults


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.

 


 

human head silhouette drawn with linesBecoming an adult attachment focused therapist: Shifting framework in therapeutic work

Live webinar March 30, 2021
Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW



Discover a model of therapy that will shift your theoretical framework to that of attachment-focused therapy. This model will help to recognize the impact of early childhood attachment experiences, assess adult attachment categories and learn how to assist adult clients to progress from being insecurely attached adults to securely attached adults.

 

watercolours of human heads in blue with one orangeDialectical Behaviour Therapy: An introduction to essential components

Live webinar May 3, 10, 14 and 17, 2021
9 a.m. to noon (four half-day sessions)
Lyndsey Davies, MSW., RSW.



This webinar will present the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components, along with DBT skills from each of the four modules. Participants will learn how to conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the bio-social theory, the components of standard DBT, how to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours, how to balance validation and change strategies and how to teach select DBT skills to clients.

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.