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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 ninth 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

  • Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Mark Pearce, Forensic Psychiatrist at CAMH and Ontario Shores


  • The Hon. Justice Patrice Band, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Joan Barrett, Deputy Director, Crown Law Office – Criminal
  • Little Brown Bear (Ernest Matton), Manager of Indigenous Culture and The Aboriginal Healing Program, Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network
  • Janice Blackburn, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Katharine Byrick, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Alice Charach, Medical Director, Child and Youth Acute Care Collaborative (CAYACC), Division of Child and Youth Psychiatry; Associate Professor, U of T Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Sarah Anne Coleman, Geriatric Psychiatrist, CAMH
  • Erin Dann, Embry Dann LLP
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • Sergeant Henry Dyck, Toronto Police Services
  • Dr. Mark Fadel, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Michael Feindel, Crown Coordinator, Ontario Review Board, Crown Attorney’s Office
  • Kamilah Golding, CTO Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Jesssyca Greenwood, Greenwood Defence
  • Emily Griffith, Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Dr. Misha Hartfeil, Forensic Psychiatrist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Naveen Hassan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Bernard le Foll, Medical Head, Concurrent Outpatient Medical & Psychosocial Addiction Support Service, COMPASS, Acute Care Program, CAMH; Head, Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic, COMPASS, Acute Care Program, CAMH; Head, Translational Addiction Research Laboratory, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH; Professor, Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Sciences, U of T
  • Dr. Yona Lunsky, Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, H-CARDD Director and Senior Scientist, CAMH, Professor and Developmental Disability Lead, Department of Psychiatry, U of T
  • Gavin S. MacKenzie, Clinical Legal Counsel, CAMH
  • Anna Marrison, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Jane Meadus, Staff Lawyer and Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • PC Steven Nacev, Mobile Crisis Intervention Team, Toronto Police Services
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel, CAMH
  • Michael D. Newman, Vice-Chair and Senior Lawyer Member, Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario
  • Jane Paterson, Director, Interprofessional Practice, CAMH
  • Meghan Payne, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Lonny J. Rosen, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Jonathan Rudin, Program Director, Aboriginal Legal Services
  • Shelagh Scanga, St. Joseph’s Health Centre – Toronto
  • Jessica Szabo, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Anita Szigeti, Anita Szigeti Advocates
  • Michele Warner, Legal Counsel, CAMH
  • Carla Whillier, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Dr. Treena Dawn Wilkie, Staff Psychiatrist, CAMH; Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Court – Toronto Old City Hall and Toronto Jail


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program.

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 is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 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.


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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:
Bernard Sandler at BSandler@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

October 2, 10, 16, 23, 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT


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

Fee per Delegate

$3395 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $1697.50 + HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Psychiatrists, physicians nurses and other licensed medical professionals
  • Health care and social service professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, CCAC’s and community service provider agencies
  • 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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“Well researched, very relevant and very lively presentations”
Dr. Jacqueline Duncan, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene

“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, Ontario

“I have a better idea how to navigate the legal system to help clients.”
Nancy Warren, BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

“Good discussion re: day to day issues.”
Robert Walton, Nurse Manager, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

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.