Program Directors

Katharine Byrick

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mark Pearce, MD, FRCPC

Forensic Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Eligible for

Today, more than ever, mental health law issues are paramount. Being able to understand the relevant law and its application is crucial to making decisions quickly and effectively.

Back for its 12th year, this practice-based program will give you the skills you need to competently and confidently handle mental health law issues. Failure to adequately assess risk or 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.

Over the course of 5 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 the knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that you can put to immediate use.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

Gain a clear understanding of the core principles of mental health law

Aquire tools and strategies for handling mental health law issues

Receive comprehensive, downloadable and searchable learning materials that will serves as useful and ongoing resources

Connect, learn and brainstorm with experts and peers who face similar challenges

Who Should Attend

Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals

Health law practitioners

In-house counsel in health organizations

Health-care and social service professionals

Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, CCAC’s and community service provider agencies

Law enforcement officers – Corrections and rehabilitation service representatives

Crown lawyers, defense counsel, duty counsel

Elder law practitioners

Mental health patient advocates

Health-care risk managers

Government and public policy advisors

Dr. Jacqueline Duncan

Psychiatrist, Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene

“Well researched, very relevant and very lively presentations”


Program Directors

Katharine Byrick

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mark Pearce, MD, FRCPC

Forensic Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Advisory Board

Mary Jane Dykeman

Managing Partner, INQ Law

Janice E. Blackburn

Bersenas, Jacobson, Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP

Dr. Michael Colleton

Forensic Psychiatrist



View the 2023 program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. A detailed agenda for the upcoming program will be available soon.


Sep 25 & Oct 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2024

Please note that registration for module 3 (October 9, 2024) is available for in-person or online attendance. All other modules are available online only.

$3,995 + HST


September 25, 2024

October 2, 2024

October 9, 2024

October 16, 2024

October 23, 2024

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Certificate Requirements

In order to successfully receive an Osgoode Certificate, participants must complete all program modules, and pass the multiple choice online exam.

CPD and Accreditation

Please Note

Final CPD accreditation has yet to be confirmed. The hours below are for the 2023 iteration of the program and should be used as an estimate only. Confirmed hours will be available soon.

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Substantive27h 25m
Professionalism2h 15m
EDI4h 45m
Total34h 25m

Are you reporting hours from a previous date?

View our CPD & Accreditation page to see previously calculated hours for this course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Program content questions

Myrsini Zacharakis, Program Lawyer

Online Technical Requirements

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