The Osgoode Certificate in Mental Health Law

Today, more than ever, mental health law issues are paramount. Being able to understand the relevant law and its application is crucial to making decisions quickly and effectively.

Back for its 10th year in a new online virtual format, this practice-based program will give you the skills you need to competently and confidently handle mental health law issues. Failure to adequately assess risk or properly address the rights of individuals and their families, or to provide proper patient care, can compromise essential rights of an individual and his or her family and create exposure to liability.

Over the course of 5 intensive one-day modules, you will learn what you need to know and acquire best practices from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in Canada. You will come away from this program with the knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that you can put to immediate use.

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What Will You Learn:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the core principles of mental health law
  • Aquire tools and strategies for handling mental health law issues
  • Receive comprehensive, downloadable and searchable learning materials that will serves as useful and ongoing resources
  • Connect, learn and brainstorm with experts and peers who face similar challenges

Who Should Take This Program:

  • Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals
  • Health law practitioners
  • In-house counsel in health organizations
  • Healthcare and social service professionals
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, CCAC’s and community service provider agencies
  • Law enforcement officers – Corrections and rehabilitation service representatives
  • Crown lawyers, defence counsel, duty counsel
  • Elder law practitioners
  • Mental health patient advocates
  • Healthcare risk managers
  • Government and public policy advisors


Program Directors

  • Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Mark Pearce, Forensic Psychiatrist at CAMH and Ontario Shores