Osgoode Mental Health Law for Children and Youth

Engage with experts and peers on the most pressing current and emerging issues in mental health law for children and youth. 

Developed based on your requests for a program that would bring together legal, health care, mental health, education and law enforcement professional, this annual OsgoodePD program brings together these professionals for a comprehensive one-day update of essential, current and emerging issues, together with practical legal advice on how to deal with them.

You’ll walk away with knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that will help you tackle these complex legal issues in your day-to-day working life.

What You Will Learn:

  • The law guiding your actions: what is applicable to children’s mental health
  • Community collaboration challenges, the role of educators and the complexities that arise in the context of criminal law, in addition to the constantly evolving case law
  • The historical and contemporary mental health challenges of Black and Indigenous children and youth
  • The ins and outs of representing children in family law: interacting with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
  • Privacy, confidentiality and information sharing in the context of children and youth with mental health challenges

How You Will Benefit:

  • School Administrators/Directors of Education/Supervisory Officers
  • Mental health leads
  • Teachers
  • Healthcare risk managers
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities and community care agencies
  • Psychiatristics, physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals
  • Lawyers in private practice specializing in health, criminal or education law
  • Crown lawyers
  • Government and public policy advisors
  • Expert witnesses and mental health consultants
  • Mental health patient advocates
  • Social workers
  • Health and social service professionals
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Corrections and rehabilitation service representatives



  • Naveen Hassan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education – Student Well-Being, Greater Essex County District School Board