This unique certificate program, now in its third year, is designed to deliver practical knowledge that goes beyond traditional classroom-based learning. The fundamental concepts of mental health law, and strategies to apply those concepts, will be taught and reinforced in an interesting, informative and practical way, using a blended delivery method which includes lectures, case studies, class/group discussions, directed readings and guest speakers.

One of the many challenges in dealing with mental health law issues is understanding the relevant law and how to apply it in any given situation. Often decisions must be made quickly, with inadequate information or consultation. Failure to adequately assess risk, to 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 land you and your organization in a quagmire of investigation, inquiries and even litigation.

This practice-based program was developed to give you the knowledge and
practical skills you need to competently and confidently handle mental health law issues. Over six intensive one-day modules you will learn what you need to know and best practices from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in Canada. You will come away from this program with knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that you can use immediately to deal with mental health law issues.

Key Benefits

  • Gain a clear understanding of the core principles of mental health law
  • Learn strategies for handling mental health law issues
  • Receive comprehensive learning materials that will be a useful

working guide

  • Connect with a group of experts and peers who share your challenges


Program Director:
Mary Jane Dykeman, Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP


OPD Program Lawyer

David Thomas