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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


human head with coloursCertificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Level 1

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.

 


 

gears of managementManagement Certificate: Leadership training for health and human service professionals

Live webinar series October 15, 16, November 19, 20 and December 9, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD., Anne Bulstrode, BBM., FICB.,  Adam Lodzinski, PhD., Marion Langford and Faye Marcotte.

Improve your management skills for the virtual and non-virtual work environment. Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules.
Module Overview:
Module 1: The Leadership Edge.
Module 2: Foundations of Coaching.
Module 3: Managing Employee Performance in Health and Human Service.
Module 4: Holding Difficult Conversations.
Module 5: Change Management.

 

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.


The Certificate in CBT Level 2 is an advanced program that is designed to draw on and advance the skills and strategies learned in the Certificate in CBT Level 1 to help expand 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: Develop and enhance your supervisory skills

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. 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 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.  



 

Workshops: Working with children, youth and families


child's colourful drawingWhat's Going On? An innovative model for assessing children and teens

Live webinar September 16, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S




This webinar will focus on the beginning phase of therapy, namely, how to build a positive therapeutic rapport, engage resistant clients, conduct a comprehensive assessment, and develop a treatment plan.


 

sad child sitting aloneChildren at the Bedside: Preparing children for the death of someone close to them

September 17, 2020
Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP.



Gain practical strategies and creative approaches for preparing children for a death, or dying of someone close to them.


 

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. 

sad youth hiding faceSupporting our Most Challenging Children

Live webinar October 6, 2020
Katy Albert, M.Ed., OCT, BCBA




How can you help when a child seems to lack motivation and doesn’t use the skills they have learned in therapy? This webinar will explore practical techniques to address oppositionality, rigidity and other challenging behaviours in therapeutic settings.

 

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.


Learn 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. 

 

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

Live webinar 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.


 

image of a darkened doorWhen Death Darkens the Door: Supporting bereaved children and youth

October 20, 2020
Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP.



The focus of this workshop will be on supporting children and youth after a death has happened in their lives utilizing grief support strategies that can be applied in a wide variety of settings.

 

child blowing bubblesWanna Come out and Play? The creative use of games, stories, puppets, and art with children and teens

Live webinar October 26, 2020
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S


Learn how utilize a variety of creative therapeutic techniques to engage children and teens in therapy that will make sessions more meaningful and effective and help them to resolve their psychological difficulties. 

 

family playing board 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 a board gameCreative 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 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.

 

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.

 

sad child sitting alone hiding his faceWhen Grief Gets More Complicated

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.

 

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.

 

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

Date to be confirmed
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.
 



 

Workshops: Working with adults


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

Live webinar 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.

 

counselling sessionMotivational Interviewing

Live webinar October 21, 2020
Ian Robertson, MSW., RSW.





Enhance your understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its importance to effective MI practice. MI micro-skills will be discussed and practiced along with the introduction of MI-specific interventions and strategies to overcome barriers to change.

 

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

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



This webinar will provide insight into the relationship between early childhood events, core and intermediate beliefs, and automatic thoughts. It also outline how to conceptualize client cases using a CBT approach and explore strategies to identify and modify intermediate and core beliefs.


 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

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.


 

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


arrows with one red arrow ahead of othersThe Leadership Edge: Leading in a virtual and non virtual world

Live webinar October 15, 2020
Susan Geary, PhD., Anne Bulstrode, BBM., FICB.



Every level of management, from the first-line supervisor to the executive director needs to be able to lead as well as manage, especially in the current environment of uncertainty and fear.

 

building blocks spelling coachingFoundations of Coaching: Build stronger communication and leadership skills through coaching tools and techniques

Live webinar October 16, 2020
Marion Langford M.Ed.


Gain an understanding of the core competencies of coaching, along with how to implement practical coaching tools and strategies.


 

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.

 

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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.