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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 professionals….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.

Legal rights and responsibilities in mental heal law are numerous and complex. When the issues relate to children and youth, they become increasingly challenging. Different approaches to the delivery of mental health services to children/youth persist, as do challenges around the most appropriate advocacy supports and approaches for assessing and managing risks of violence. 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 further complicates this already challenging arena.

As a legal, health care, mental health, education or law enforcement professional, you are caught in the cross hairs and struggle to stay on top of your obligations and responsibilities.

This 6th annual OsgoodePD program was developed to bring 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.



  • Michele M. Warner, Litigation Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Christina Bartha, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, SickKids Brain and Mental Health Program, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Centre for Brain and Mental Health (Research)
  • Susan Chamberlain, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
  • Alice Charach, MD, MSc., FRCPC, Medical Director, Child and Youth Acute Care Collaborative (CAYACC), Division of Child and Youth Psychiatry; Associate Professor, Psychiatry University of Toronto
  • Karen Leslie, MD MEd FRCPC, Professor of Paediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Brandi Pek, BA SSW RSSW, Coordinator, Addiction Services of Thames Valley
  • Lauri A. Reesor, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75.00 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
In Person or Webcast

Online Replay
May 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators/Directors of Education/Supervisory Officers
  • Mental health leads
  • Teachers
  • Health care risk managers
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities and community care agencies
  • Psychiatrists, 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

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