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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 health 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 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.

PLUS! Don’t miss this year’s Keynote Address by YouthSpeak on “Substance Misuse.”



  • Kate Hunt, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Michele M. Warner, Litigation Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Samira Ahmed, Staff Lawyer, Justice for Children and Youth
  • 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
  • Shivani Chopra, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Mary Jane Dykeman, DDO Health Law
  • Mark Mycyk, Lead, Child Welfare Data Services, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
  • Caroline Thibault, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ottawa)
  • Alex Yeaman, MCA, RP, (Master of Criminology, Registered Psychotherapist), Youth Mental Health Court Worker, Turning Point Youth Services



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying 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 program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, 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 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

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

Program Lawyer

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

Program Details

Date & Time

April 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

Online Replay 
May 6, 2019
Register for 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
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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This program is an elective towards The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.

“Great speakers. Loved the balance of law, education, social work, medical perspectives. A lot of learning today.”

Lisa Weekes
York Region District School Board (2015)

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