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One of the many challenges in dealing with mental health law issues is understanding the relevant law and its application. 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 create exposure to liability.

Now in its eight year, this practice-based program gives you the knowledge and practical skills you need to competently and confidently handle mental health law issues.
Over the course of five 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 knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that you can put to immediate use.

Key Benefits:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the core principles of mental health law
  • Acquire tools and strategies for handling mental health law issues
  • Receive comprehensive learning materials that will be a useful and ongoing resource
  • Connect with and learn from experts and peers who share your challenges


Program Directors

  • Kristin Taylor, Vice-President, Legal Services and General Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Michele Warner, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Advisory Board

  • Janice E. Blackburn, Partner, Bersenas, Jacobson, Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Mary Jane Dykeman, Partner, DDO Health Law
  • Dr. Michael Colleton, MD, FRCPC, Staff Psychiatrist, Law & Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Joan Barrett, Deputy Director, Crown Law Office – Criminal
  • Janice E. Blackburn, Partner, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Katharine Byrick, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Jennifer Chambers, Empowerment Council, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Ian C. Dawe, MHSc, MD, FRCP (C), Program Chief and Medical Director, Mental Health Service, Trillium Health Partners
  • Sergeant Henry Dyck, Toronto Police Services
  • Mary Jane Dykeman, Partner, DDO Health Law
  • Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate, Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
  • Christel Francis, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Dr. Jason Joannou, MD, FRCP(C), Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Jane E. Meadus, Staff Lawyer and Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Michael D. Newman, Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member, Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario
  • Ann-Marie O’Brien, Social Worker and Co-ordinator of the Women’s Health Program, The Royal Ottawa Health Centre
  • Dr. Kiran Patel, BSc (Hons), MBBS, DipFMH, DipAB (Dist), MAcadMed, FRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist (CAMH) & Assistant Professor (University of Toronto)
  • Jane Paterson, Director, Interprofessional Practice, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Antonio Pignatiello, MD, FRCP (C), Associate Psychiatrist-in-chief, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Sidney Peters, Counsel, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Lysa Priolo, Patient Advocate, Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, MOHLTC
  • Lonny J. Rosen, C.S., Partner, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Anna Tersigni Phelan, Risk Manager, Health Information, Management, Privacy Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
  • Kristin Taylor, Vice-President, Legal Services & General Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Michele Warner, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Carla Whillier, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Dr. Vincent Woo, MD, PhD, FRCP (C), Geriatric Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)


Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) Accreditation

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

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.

Certificate of Program Completion

In order to successfully complete the program and obtain an Osgoode Certificate in Mental Health Law, participants must attend all program modules and satisfactorily pass an online multiple-choice exam.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

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


Have a question? Read our FAQs.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis

Program Details

Date & Time

September 25, October 11, 16, 23 & November 1, 2017


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

Can't attend all modules In Person? Dual Access (a mix of In Person and Webcast) attendance is available. Please call 416-597-9724 for more information or to register.

Fee per Delegate

$3,195 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other licensed medical professionals
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, CCAC’s and community service provider agencies
  • Health care and social service professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Corrections and rehabilitation services representatives
  • Crown lawyers, Defence Counsel, Duty Counsel
  • Mental health patient advocates
  • Health law practitioners
  • Health care risk managers
  • Government and public policy advisors

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“The comprehensive nature of this course is excellent.
Much of the information will assist my organization in understanding mental health law, and in revising and updating our policies.”

Sheila Berry, Case Manager, Alliance Hospice, Toronto

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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