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Welcome to the Learning Institute

We are leaders in mental health training and education – improving client outcomes and building capacity, together.

A Leader in Mental Health Training and Education

We offer high quality, evidence-informed learning opportunities – for mental health and medical health professionals, direct service workers, educators and first responders – to advance best practices in mental health care. We work with expert facilitators to offer programming that is responsive to our learners’ professional interests and educational requirements and supports the emerging needs of their mental health clients. We offer training for professionals who work with clients of every age, across the lifespan.

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“I have never attended such a powerful and informative training. This will shape my practice with all clients immensely.”  

 – Laura T., clinical social worker

“Thank you so much for providing Zoom-based sessions. Prior to the pandemic accessing quality trauma-informed training was unaffordable, from the perspectives of both budget and time.” 

– Allison M. Hall, Hons BSW(N), RSW
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Since the onset of COVID-19, we have successfully pivoted to an online learning platform, creating a virtual classroom.

Why SickKids CCMH LI?

Expert-led and evidence-informed 

Our multidisciplinary team of expert facilitators are all highly regarded professionals in the field and many hold academic appointments. Program curriculum is informed by peer-reviewed academic journals and studies and is reinforced through experience. 

Real-time and interactive 

We offer live programming to ensure that our participants have an interactive, responsive and engaged learning experience. Our programs incorporate breakout rooms, small group discussions, case scenarios and simulations to create a rich learning environment that facilitates effective transfer of knowledge. 


Combining thought leadership with practical application, our virtual learning experiences are designed to improve client outcomes.


We offer digital certificates with all of our programs and include CEU hours where applicable. We have approval from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for participants of our programming to apply the number of CE hours earned in the program(s) towards their continuing education hours. Other licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance at their own discretion; participants will need to submit the course outline and certificate for their consideration.


Through social platforms, we create private networking groups to facilitate ongoing dialogue between program participants (certificate programs only).


We solicit input from our advisory board members, community partners and you – our learners – to ensure we are delivering in-demand topics informed by published scientific evidence. Request a topic here.

A community of facilitators and learners 

Our facilitators are valued members of the Learning Institute community. Joining us from within and outside of the SickKids enterprise, most of our facilitators have been with us for many years. Together, we are building the skills and knowledge within the mental health care provider community, helping to build capacity and advance best practices.

Most of our learners are repeat customers – many come back to attend other sessions delivered by their favourite facilitators. After participating in our programs, learners report a greater breadth and depth of required knowledge along with increased confidence to support their clients.

Our commitment to inclusive learning experiences 

We prioritize quality programming and continually strive to ensure inclusive course design and delivery, including accessible materials and technologies.

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Upcoming Courses

We offer a wide range of online courses that provide specialized skills and knowledge to support you in all facets of your career. Explore our upcoming courses and experience our virtual classroom – live and interactive.

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    August 9 and 11, 2021

    Trauma dissociation: Identifying and managing your ‘Parts’

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  • Close up of yellow flower motivational interviewing with adolescents
    August 10 and 12, 2021

    Motivational Interviewing with adolescents and young adults

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  • August 11, 2021

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression

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  • Customized Training

    We offer virtual training programs for your staff and organization. We can design a custom training program or tailor any of our existing courses to meet your specific organizational learning objectives. Training will be delivered through an interactive virtual classroom. 

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  • Learner Testimonials

    See a sample of what our learners have to say about our courses.

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  • Community Resources

    We work with many organizations and associations in our community to support you and advance best practices in mental health care. 

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Latest News

  • July 23 2021

    Trauma dissociation: Identifying and managing your ‘Parts’ (Aug. 9 and 11)

    Explore how trauma can result in varying degrees of dissociation and fragmentation of one’s inner experience. Elements from structural dissociation, transactional analysis, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) models, among others will be part of this training. [...] Read More

  • July 22 2021

    Countering burnout: Personally and collectively (Aug. 26)

    Learn what burnout is, understand why it is so prevalent in today’s workplace, and how the pandemic has exacerbated it. Examine some of the dominant discourses that support burnout, along with how they impact work environments, expectations of self and expectations of others. [...] Read More

  • July 22 2021

    Transforming emotional injuries with emotion-focused therapy (Aug. 31)

    This introductory webinar will introduce some fundamental principles underlying emotion-focused psychotherapy (EFT). It will present the role of EFT in promoting clients’ emotional processing and affect regulation. [...] Read More

  • July 21 2021

    Treating anxious children in anxious times: An approach to promoting adaptive anxiety in children and teenagers (Aug. 19 and 26)

    Learn how to conceptualize current forms of anxiety problems in children from a health perspective, in which anxiety is an essential and healthy human emotion. [...] Read More

  • July 21 2021

    Non-suicidal, self-harm in adolescents: The role of emotion regulation in understanding and treating this urgent problem (Aug. 25)

    Examine a new (DSM-V) syndrome, called non-suicidal, self-injury disorder (NSSI), and understand the epidemiology, prevalence, role, and function, along with an explanation of the underlying root causes of self-harm. [...] Read More

  • July 16 2021

    The effectiveness of Polyvagal therapy as a treatment modality for trauma (Aug. 16 and 18)

    Explore the principles of the Polyvagal Theory along with features of the social engagement system and self-regulation. This webinar will map out the nervous system and explain neuroception; detecting and evaluating risk. [...] Read More

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