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  • New Online Mental Health Certificate Launches this Fall

    Certificate Description

    The Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions for Nurse Practitioners builds upon the foundational knowledge acquired through entry to practice education and the acquisition of entry-to-practice competencies. The not-for-credit certificate program will equip Nurse Practitioners with the knowledge and tools to confidently assess and develop a treatment plan for individuals with mental health and/or addictions issues, across the lifespan. The program will consist of four courses offered by distance education through the University of Toronto Learning Portal. Each course will be 8 weeks in length. Learners may take the courses in any sequence and will earn a certificate by completing all four courses over a 2-year period.

    An interactive and case based approach will be utilized to address mental health and addictions issues with an emphasis on critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Clinical experts will discuss advanced health assessment, differential diagnoses for the presenting problem, relevant pathophysiology, red flags and how to triage patients who may need a higher level of care, the relevant diagnostic approach and tests, selection of appropriate interventions and treatments, indications for consultation and referral, and strategies for communication and effective management in transitions of care.

    Course content will not focus on competencies related to health promotion, quality improvement and research, leadership, education, and ethical practice. It is assumed that participants are competent at an entry level with regard to these factors and will apply as appropriate in practice.

    Learning Objectives

    At the completion of the 4-course certificate program, learners will be able to:

    A. Articulate the role and competencies of a Nurse Practitioner working with clients with mental health and addictions issues:
      1. Discuss key role and scope issues relevant to the NP role in mental health and addictions services.
      2. Demonstrate confidence to practice independently and collaboratively.
    B. State the clinical care requirements and management for a wide variety of mental health and addictions issues in individuals across the lifespan, including the ability to:
      1. Conduct the appropriate advanced health assessment.
      2. Identify appropriate differential diagnoses for the presenting problem.
      3. Understand relevant pathophysiology.
      4. Recognize red flags and how to triage patients who may require a specialized and/or higher level of care.
      5. Identify appropriate diagnostic approach and tests.
      6. Select appropriate interventions and treatments and evaluation plan.
      7. Describe indications for necessary consultations and referral.
      8. Identify strategies for communication and effective management at transitions in care and for safe discharge.

    Target Audience

    Nurse Practitioners who wish to further develop their competency, knowledge, skill and clinical acumen in the care of clients with mental health and addictions issues. Course participants must hold current registration as a Nurse Practitioner in their jurisdiction or be a student in a nurse practitioner program.

    Certificate Criteria

    Participants are not required to take all courses, and courses may be taken in any order. Participants must successfully complete all 4 courses, normally over a 2-year period, in order to earn a not-for-credit certificate. The passing grade of 70% is set for each course.

    What does Not-for-Credit mean?

    The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has approved the Centre for Professional Development to offer Not-for-Credit certificates. University of Toronto policy (2016) states that not-for credit certificates are not counted for any credit toward any degree program, and participants are not registered as University of Toronto  students.
     
    This certificate program was developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Community of Practice of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario.
  • Courses

    Learners may take the courses in any sequence and will earn a certificate by completing all four courses over a 2-year period.

    Mental Health 1 for Nurse Practitioners

    This 8-week online course consists of 7 weeks of course material; and one week for final short answer exam. Participants will focus on the role of the nurse practitioner in mental health and addictions in the following areas: acute/crisis/emergent care considerations including the provision of virtual care; anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders; and considerations for the care of clients who are indigenous, as well as those who may be homeless, immigrants or refugees. The course will address care issues across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and the older adult.

    Sept 27-Nov 21, 2021

    8 week online course

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    Mental Health 2 for Nurse Practitioners

    This 8-week online course consists of 7 weeks of course material; and one week for final short answer exam. Participants will focus on the role of the nurse practitioner in mental health and addictions in the following areas: depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, and an overview of interpersonal therapy approaches; as well as considerations for the care of clients of the LBGTQ2S community. The course will address care issues across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and the older adult.

    Winter 2022

    8 week online course

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    Mental Health 3 for Nurse Practitioners

    This 8-week online course consists of 7 weeks of course material; and one week for final short answer exam. Participants will focus on the role of the nurse practitioner in mental health and addictions in the context of care in the following areas: personality disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, neurocognitive disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, palliative approaches to care and an overview of dialectical therapy; as well as the care of clients who are in the corrections system. The course will address care issues across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and the older adult.

    Spring 2022

    8 week online course

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    Mental Health 4 for Nurse Practitioners

    This 8-week online course consists of 7 weeks of course material; and one week for final short answer exam. Participants will focus on the role of the nurse practitioner in mental health and addictions in the context of care in the following areas: substance related and addictive disorders including the use of stimulants and benzodiazepines, opioids, alcohol, cannabis; feeding and eating disorders; sleep/wake disorders as well as considerations for the care of clients who live in remote and rural areas. The course will address care issues across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and the older adult.

    Fall 2022

    8 week online course

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  • Delivery Mode

    All courses will be via distance education, offered through the University of Toronto Learning Portal – QUERCUS. Each week, participants will be expected to view e-learning modules, review required readings and resources, and actively engage with learning activities that will focus on application of learning. Learning activities and assignments/examinations will provide opportunity to apply learnings and receive feedback. It is anticipated that participants can expect to allocate approximately 5–10 hours a week for completion of a module; and additional time for assignments.

    Teaching Methods

    Each week will consist of a recorded lecture by faculty who are considered expert clinicians in their field. Faculty will be available for questions through discussion board during that module. Each module will focus on one or more topics and integrate relevant clinical cases and focus on discussion of the appropriate health assessment, relevant differential diagnoses, pathophysiology, red flags, diagnostics and diagnostic sensitivity/specificity, therapeutic plan of care, selection of appropriate interventions and treatments, and indications for referral and/or consultation, considerations in transitions in care/discharge, and relevant role and scope issues. Additional clinical resources will be provided such as clinical practice guidelines, relevant practice standards, and clinical tools for practice. Most weeks will include an application exercise such as a learning activity quiz.

  • Contact Us

    Email: pd.nursing@utoronto.ca
    Website: bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/pd
    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Suite 130
    Toronto, ON
    Canada
    M5T 1P8

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