Healthcare Training Programs


Our team has been working diligently to find comprehensive ways to share information with health professionals, educators and those interested in learning more about mental health of our youth.

Learn more about the training programs we have by clicking on the plus side beside the titles below.

The Understanding Adolescent Mental Health Education Training Programs are designed to enhance the knowledge of health professionals, primary care physicians and educators and enable them to better understand, recognize, assess and appropriately refer them for treatment. Our team is working on a series of training tools that will better equip health professionals in areas of recognizing and diagnosing depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD in adolescence.

Identification Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression (MDD): Course and Toolkit for Health Providers

The Identification Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression (MDD): Course and Toolkit for Health Providers , the first of this series, is designed to help first contact health providers understand how to identify, diagnose and effectively treat MDD in adolescents. The course includes: 1) An informational overview to help first contact health providers understand how to identify, diagnose and treat major depressive disorder in adolescents. 2) A toolkit for first contact health providers containing diagnostic tools and other useful resources for assessing major depressive disorder in adolescents.

The course will be available for accreditation shortly on our soon to be launched e-learning portal. We have also make the course materials available in the resources section for download in English, French and Spanish.

The training program for health professionals or educators is given by Dr. Stan Kutcher. For more details on rates and booking the training program click on the link above, contact the office of the Chair at (902) 470-6598, or email us.

Evaluation Report

 

Understanding Adolescent Depression and Suicide Education Training Program

   
The Understanding Adolescent Depression and Suicide Education Training Program is designed to enhance the knowledge of health professionals, primary care physicians and educators and enable them to better understand, recognize and assess depressed and/or suicidal youth, as well as appropriately refer them for treatment.


The three-pronged approach targeting physicians, health professionals and educators aims to enhance communication between health providers and educators so that young people at risk can be better identified and cared for without falling through the cracks.

INFORMATION SHEET ON THE TRAINING PROGRAM
      
The training program for health professionals or educators is given by Dr. Stan Kutcher. For more details on rates and booking the training program click on the link above, contact the office of the Chair at (902) 470-6598, or email us.

 

Training Program for Health Professionals
The 2-day professional development workshop is designed to provide health professionals with evidence-based information about adolescent depression and youth suicide The goal of the program is to teach health professionals to effectively identify, evaluate, and provide appropriate interventions for depressed and/or suicidal youth.

Day 1 of the training focuses on understanding adolescent depression. It begins with an overview of the concept of adolescence, presents scientific data on mental disorders and depression, and provides a background in developmental neurobiology, moving towards an understanding of mood as a brain function. The program also addresses the complexities of mood and depression as a clinical entity and issues pertaining to diagnosis, and provides an evidence-based analysis of the research literature - including a discussion of levels of evidence and strength of outcome analysis. Finally the program addresses the use of clinical screening tools (e.g. Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale - KADS), and psychological and pharmacological issues including selective serotonin receptor inhibitors (SSRIs) and suicide, and discussions of withdrawal and addiction.

Day 2 of the training focuses on understanding youth suicide. It addresses suicide rates in Canada, the issue of data interpretation and secular effects, myths of suicide causality, and approaches to suicide prevention including the public health risk model, health promotion, and clinical care. The program also trains health professionals to use the Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk (TASR), a clinical strategy for assessment of suicide risk. It also deals with postvention. It concludes with a discussion of why some suicide prevention strategies do and do not work.

To find out more about this valuable program, fill out our online training program request form or send us an email.

Health professionals include: School nurses, social workers, youth workers, psychology professionals, physicians, administrators (Health sector)

 

Youth Mental Health for Health Care Professionals

This training program is designed for health care professionals, which include School nurses, social workers, youth workers, psychology professionals, physicians, administrators (Health sector). Its purpose is to enhance the mental health literacy of health care professionals who work with youth ages 13 to 25 years. This one day program is delivered in a workshop format by Dr. Stan Kutcher and will provide participants with a solid understanding of mental health and mental disorders that commonly onset during the youth years contextualized to the health care setting.

Evaluation Report

To find out more about this valuable program, fill out our online program request or send us an email.

 

To find out more about our programs contact Amy Mackay the program and networks coordinator, he can tell you more about availability, timing, requirements, costing. You can also fill out our online program request form.

For not-for-profits and special circumstances we do have a fee reduction/waiver program your group can apply for. 

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