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Winter 2018 Academic Calendar: January to March 31st

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH), Gail Appel Institute.

For those of you registered for training through CCMH, Gail Appel Institute, (formerly the Hincks Dellcrest Centre) all training and certificate programs currently scheduled for 2017/18 will continue on as planned. The timing and location remain the same, this is also true for the parent groups and evening seminars. If you are registered for one of these programs and have any questions, please email our training department at

Winter 2018 Training at CCMH, Gail Appel Institute

CCMH, Gail Appel Institute, is the research and training arm of the Centre. Our focus is on outreach and capacity building within the children’s mental health sector.  We are pleased to say that each year we train over 2,500 practitioners through our certificate programs, one and two-day workshops, along with our evening seminars.

At CCMH, Gail Appel Institute, we continue to respond to the challenges of improving mental health care for children, youth and families by providing advanced training, research, and community consultation to support your needs. Our academic calendar offers a wide spectrum of training led by locally, and internationally renowned facilitators.

For your convenience, our Winter 2018 Academic Calendar: January to March 31st outlined below is divided into 4 key learning areas. Each category is a quick link that will take you to that section of our academic calendar. For more information, or to register for a specific workshop simply click the More link at the end of the workshop description.

Certificate Programs
Workshops: Working with Children, Youth and Families
Workshops: Working with Adults
Workshops: Leadership & Professional Development

To view our current Fall 2017 Academic Calendar: September to December 31st click here

If you have questions, or suggestions for training programs you would like to see added to our academic calendar please contact the training department at 416-924-1164, ext. 8707, or toll-free at 1-855-944-HOPE (4673), ext. 8707, or via email at You can also stay up-to-date on our workshops by joining our email list, click here to start receiving our bi-weekly Enewsletter featuring up-and-coming workshops, seminars, and community events.

If you are a registered Social Worker or Social Service Worker you may be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $500 from the Government of Ontario for attending our workshops. Visit for more information on how to apply. All members of The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) are eligible for a 10% discount when registering for training. All OASW members must provide their 2-5 digit OASW membership number to be eligible for the discounted rate. For more information, please contact Mary Anne at, or 416-924-1164, ext. 3233 or toll-free at 1-855-944-HOPE (4673), ext. 3233.

On behalf of our facilitators and staff, we thank you for trusting us with your training requirements, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Institute.


Winter 2018 Academic Calendar: January to March 31st



Winter 2018 Certificate Programs

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:
Practical Solutions to Real World Problems

Dates: February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, May 17th 2018
Facilitator: Nili R. Benazon, PhD
This Training is Suitable For: Professionals who work with people who suffer from common psychiatric disorders (anxiety and depression) and complex clinical problems (abuse, addictions, brain injuries, trauma, work-related accidents): mental health and medical professionals and direct service workers.
Description: This certificate program provides a general overview of the practical application of CBT strategies, as well as how to apply these problem solving strategies in your practice. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback and supervision, a focus on micro-skill development. More
Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB) Certificate:
2-Day or 3-Day Program

Dates: March 26, 27, 28, 2018
 Jason McCormack
This Training is Suitable For: Professionals who wish to learn how to safely manage aggressive behaviour in children, youth and/or adults.
Description: The UMAB certificate program is a skills-based training program that is an intensive and highly effective method of safely managing aggressive children, youth or adults. The 2-Day program begins with a breakdown of the precipitating factors of aggression, and the theory regarding the physiological, psychological and behavioural cues and changes that occur in aggressive individuals. Day three focuses on containment, and physical restraints. There is an emphasis placed on the level of intervention matching or paralleling the level of aggression displayed.  More

Level 2 Trauma Certificate: Advanced Clinical Trauma
Dates: February 22, 23, April 5, & 6, 2018.
Facilitator: Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW
Requirements for this Program: Participants must have completed the Level 1 Trauma Certificate: Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers
This Training is Suitable For: Mental health professionals, first responders, medical professionals, and direct service workers.
Description: This Level 2 Advanced Trauma Certificate will provide theoretical, and applied steps to working with clients who have been implicated by trauma. This training will cover the clinical steps including intake, screening assessing, ground strategies and tool kits, case conceptualization formulation, and the application of CBT for flashback management reprocessing.  More



Winter 2018 Workshops: Working with Children, Youth & Families

When Grief Gets More Complicated:
This is Module 4 of the Children's Grief & Bereavement Certificate. Individual modules may be taken separately from the certificate program

Date: January 16, 2018
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, Colleen Mousseau M.Ed, and Liana Lowenstein MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Front-line workers and volunteers, medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.
Description: This workshop will focus on how to support some of the harder-to-serve populations of grieving children and youth including those with learning disabilities, those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as those who have experienced a death through homicide or suicide. Please note, that while this workshop will be trauma-informed, the emphasis will be on recognizing, not treating, children and youth who are experiencing Childhood Traumatic Grief.   More
Breathe in and Shine: 
Mindfulness-based Practices that Support Children and Families to Thrive

Date: January 31, 2018
 Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Educators, school counsellors, social workers, mental health therapists, psychologists, and medical professionals.
Description: This experiential workshop will engage participants in a variety of age-appropriate, creative and playful ways to share mindfulness practice with children and parents, all infused with mindfulness principles – such as acceptance, letting go, patience, non-judgment, non-striving, and compassion. It will explore the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience and offer accessible ways to share this exciting information with children and families.  More
Applying Solution-Focused Strategies in Schools:
Understanding of the Theoretical Base of a Solution-Focused Approach, and Applications

Date: February 7, 2018
 Eric J. King, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: School social workers, child and youth workers, teachers, school personnel, residential school staff, and other allied disciplines who work or consult to schools.
Description: This workshop will offer an understanding of the theoretical base of a solution-focused approach, and will explore a range of applications in the school context. Participants will gain tools for questioning practices when engaging marginalized youth, working with change behaviour and meaning frames, learn skills to manage parent meetings and how to successfully introduce solution-focused concepts in a school system. More  
Dancing in the Darkness:
Creative Approaches to Working with Grieving Children and Youth

This is Module 5 of the Children's Grief & Bereavement Certificate. Individual modules may be taken separately from the certificate program
Date: February 13, 2018
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, and Lisa Toye MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Front-line workers and volunteers, medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.
Description: The emphasis in this workshop will be on supporting participants who already have a theoretical foundation in children's grief and bereavement to build their toolkit and confidence in creatively engaging with children and youth who are grieving a death. Many easy to use (and modify) creative techniques in working with grieving children and youth will be shared, and participants will have the opportunity to engage in safe, experiential activities to better understand the process of using creative approaches. More
Children, Trauma and Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT):
Understanding the when, if, and how of effective solution focused conversations and trauma.

Date: February 15 & 16, 2018
Pamula King, MS, LMFT
This Training is Suitable For: Family therapists, school counselors, psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, clergy, child and youth workers, youth justice workers, or other professionals currently working with, and/or interested in working with children
Description: In this 2-day interactive workshop participants will gain an understanding of the rationale for integrating play therapy activities into solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and the utility of SFBT techniques with children and families. Participants will leave with practical, solution-focused strategies for managing flashbacks, triggers, and post-trauma responses in children and families.  More









Winter 2018 Workshops: Working with Adults

Introduction to Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Individual Sessions:
Date: January 19, 2018
Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Clinicians who have some prior knowledge of basic DBT theory and skills and who are interested in furthering their ability to use DBT in individual therapy sessions.
Description: In this experiential workshop, participants will learn how to conceptualize clients’ difficulties utilizing a DBT case formulation approach. They will also learn how to conduct both behavioural and solution analyses for problematic behaviours.  More
Collaborative Therapeutic In-Session Note Taking:
Date: January 22, 2018
Bonnie Miller, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Therapists, social workers, in-home workers, health services workers, education/school staff; anyone in a helping capacity who is obligated to keep records of their work, and who sees clients, whether single session meetings or over a number of meetings. 
Description: This workshop will introduce an in-session note taking method that is ethical, informative and therapeutic. Learn how to use note taking to make overwhelming, long-standing problems manageable. Understand how to map visually the problem and effects to identify starting points for change, and use in-session notes to document strengths and next steps.  More
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Psychosis:
Date: February 28, 2018
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.
This Training is Suitable For: Professionals who have some experience with CBT, and work with populations with psychosis. Those involved in housing, ACT teams, and tertiary mental health care facilities would benefit from this workshop.
Description: This workshop will present a CBT conceptualization of psychosis, common misconceptions regarding the suitability of this population for psychotherapy, as well as an overview of the treatment rationale, and CBT strategies that are most helpful for these clients. Some focus will be provided to examine some of the outcome literature highlighting the effectiveness of CBT in treating psychosis.  More
Getting Grounded: 
Base-line Stabilization of Overwhelmed and Scared Clients

Date: March 1, 2018
 Michel Jones, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, direct service workers, counsellors, and therapists.
Description: This experiential workshop provides key techniques and straight-forward strategies for base-line stabilization of your clients.  More
Appreciative Inquiry (AI):
Utilizing the AI model and the five key processes and facilitation practices.

Date: March 7, 2018
Facilitator: Marion Langford, M.Ed
This Training is Suitable For: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and direct service workers.
Description: In this workshop you will learn why Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful and highly adaptable set of positively framed consultation, and conversational methods. Then explore the AI Model, processes, and understand the guidelines for implementing AI successfully in your organization/context.  More
Collaborative Approaches to Anger Management:
Breaking down the physiology of anger and disruptive anger patterns. 

Date: March 20, 2018
Bonnie Miller, MSW, RSW
This Training is Suitable For: Professionals who have an ongoing therapeutic relationship with a client, such as therapists, counsellors, addiction counsellors, and school social workers. Please note, this workshop is not appropriate for housing workers, nurses, crisis workers, and homeless shelter staff for those individuals the UMAB program would be more appropriate.
Description: In this workshop you will explore in detail how to ethically support people as they learn new strategies for dealing with disruptive anger patterns. You will explore strategies for managing the physiology, and effects of anger patterns.  More
Strategies for Helping People Living with a Serious Illness:
Date: March 21, 2018
Marion Langford, M.Ed
This Training Is Suitable For: Educators, mental health care professionals, medical professionals, direct service workers, counsellors, and therapists.
Description: The focus of this workshop is to help you understand the narrative that clients are using to relate to their illness. We will explore tools to help you navigate these conversations, and create a meaning-making dialogue that gives them some relief, and agency with their illness.  More
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:
Components of Group and Individual Treatment

Date: March 22 & 23, 2018
Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW, and Dr. Michelle Leybman
This Training is Suitable For: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and direct service workers.
Description: This 2-day workshop is designed for clinicians who are interested in utilizing DBT in either group or individual settings with clients via interactive lecture and experiential exercises. Participants will learn the components of standard DBT, how to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours, as well as how to balance validation and change strategies. The facilitators will provide insight into skills for clients, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  More



Winter 2018 Workshops: Leadership & Professional Development

Managing Skills for New Managers:
Develop the Skills Needed to Become an Exceptional Manager

Date: January 26, 2018
Facilitators: Susan Geary, PhD
This Training is Suitable For: New managers, supervisors, team leads, and professionals looking to move into a management/leadership role.
Description: This workshop will help the new manager to acquire skills to achieve organizational results through the most important resource - your people. Participants will learn best practices to implement change, manage resistance, and delegate tasks all while using strategies to motivate and engage employees.  More
Training for Trainers:
Acquire the Skills to Assume the Role of Trainer

Date: February 5, 2018
 Susan Geary, PhD

This Training is Suitable For: This workshop is designed for participants who have been asked to assume the role of trainer or facilitator at work. 
Description: This workshop will examine how to develop a workshop, including: assessing needs and problems, establishing objectives, designing content and evaluation.  Awareness of adult learning principles and meeting participant's learning needs will be explored. Focus will also be given to creating a learning environment, the role of the facilitator, and powerful presentation skills.  More
Project Management:
Project Management is a Core Competency

Date: February 21, 2018
Anne Bulstrode, BBM, FICB
This Training is Suitable For: Any professional looking to acquire/expand their project management skills. Those who need to run/organize projects as part of their job (where project management isn't their full-time position, but who are responsible for some projects), would benefit greatly from this workshop.
Description: This workshop will provide valuable theory, frameworks, tools for analyzing situations, programs, and guidelines which can be apply immediately to your work to ensure that your projects are completed on time, within the defined scope, all while managing cost constraints. The workshop will also build on participant knowledge and expertise.  More

For our Fall 2017 Academic Calendar: September to December 31st click here