The Substance Use Disorders Workshop – The SickKids TeleMental Health Education Workshop Series

Course Aim

The aim of this workshop is to support healthcare professionals in the development of knowledge and skills related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with Substance Use Disorders.

Program Overview

The Substance Use Disorders Workshop is a series of seminars held over 3 half-days, designed for healthcare providers who are involved in the care of children and adolescents with issues related to substance addictions. The workshop provides learners with exposure to the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment (including psychotherapy, pharmacological treatments, and family and community approaches) related to caring for youth with Substance Use Disorders. There will be an emphasis on the Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing. Participants will attend a customized series of lectures with world-class faculty via videoconference technology. Emphasis will also be placed on providing learners with content related to diagnostic interviewing techniques, therapeutic approaches and common pharmacotherapies.

The series is designed for a wide variety of healthcare professionals practicing in hospital settings or in the community, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

The series can also be customized for delivery in person, on site within your organization as a 3-day workshop.

What is Telemedicine?

The Tele-Mental Health Education Series is designed to educate and further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for those providing mental health and psychiatry services, support and education for children and adolescents in a variety of healthcare settings. This unique education delivery model allows your clinicians to maintain regular connections to the curriculum while remaining embedded in their own unique organizational context and practice setting. Interactive teaching methods are emphasized, including the use of case-based discussions and flipped classroom experiences. Education sessions may involve two centres (point-to-point), or more than two centres connected at one time (multi-point). The real advantage of using videoconferencing for education is that entire programs and multi-disciplinary teams from different institutions can participate in a single event. Seminars are geared at either an introductory or advanced level to meet the needs of the diversity of practitioners at our far sites. In addition, the seminars within the series can be scheduled longitudinally over a period of time, in order to allow for consolidation of learning between sessions.

Benefits for Participants:

Importance of Mental Health Care for Children

Develop desired skills in patient assessment and Mental Health interventions alongside a broad variety of clinicians including Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Psychologists.

Ongoing Feedback

Develop desired skills in the assessment, treatment and management of anxiety and mood disorders in children while remaining embedded in your organizational practice setting. Utilize ongoing patient case studies to transfer new knowledge into ongoing patient care with routine feedback and collaborative discussions from faculty via videoconferencing sessions.

Diverse Group Collaboration

Develop desired skills in patient assessment and Mental Health interventions alongside a broad variety of clinicians including Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Psychologists.

Benefits for Organizations:

Learner-led Development

Maximize individual and team performance through small group teaching and course content geared towards the individual learner needs, and embedded in their present practice.

Advance Paediatric Care

Enhance the quality of patient care as individuals and teams develop paediatric mental health knowledge and skills while remaining within their own individualized practice setting.

Course Information:


Dependent on organizational needs. Suggested length is 3 half-day sessions.


Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists and a variety of other healthcare professionals

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