8 week online course
Course Code: NUR-CPD-MH1-FALL2023
Delivery Format: Online
This 8-week online course focuses 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 content addresses care issues across the lifespan.
An interactive and case based approach is utilized to address mental health and addictions issues with an emphasis on critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Clinical experts 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.
This is the first course in a 4-course Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions for Nurse Practitioners. The certificate builds upon the foundational knowledge acquired through entry to practice education and the acquisition of entry-to-practice competencies. The certificate will equip Nurse Practitioners with the knowledge and tools to confidently assess and develop a treatment plan for clients with mental health and/or addictions issues across the lifespan.
Currently registered as a Nurse Practitioner or a student in a nurse practitioner program.
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.
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.
- Discuss key role and scope issues relevant to the NP role in mental health and addictions services.
- 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:
- Conduct the appropriate advanced health assessment.
- Identify appropriate differential diagnoses for the presenting problem.
- Understand relevant pathophysiology.
- Recognize red flags and how to triage patients who may require a specialized and/or higher level of care.
- Identify appropriate diagnostic approach and tests.
- Select appropriate interventions and treatments and evaluation plan.
- Describe indications for necessary consultations and referral.
- Identify strategies for communication and effective management at transitions in care and for safe discharge.
This certificate program was developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Community of Practice of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario.
Week Topic Faculty Week 1 The role of the NP in mental health and addictions
Acute, crisis and emergent care requirements in mental health and addictions
Shannon Wright Week 2
Anxiety Disorders: Adult/Geriatric Focus
Cindy Pritchard Week 3
Anxiety Disorders: Children/Adolescents
Carole Gionet Week 4
Considerations in Indigenous Health
Mary Smith Week 5
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Adult/Geriatric
Brittany Peixoto Week 6 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Children/Adolescents Bridget Doan Week 7
Considerations for Homeless, Immigrants, Refugees
Carrie Whitley Week 8
This online course is 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 or more hours a week for completion of a module; and additional time for assignments.
Each week consists of a recorded lecture by expert clinician faculty. and who will be available for questions through discussion board during their module. Each module focuses on discussion of the appropriate health assessment, relevant differential diagnoses, pathophysiology, red flags, use of diagnostic tests and screening tools, selection of appropriate interventions and treatments, and indications for referral and/or consultation, and considerations in transitions in care/discharge. Additional clinical resources are provided such as clinical practice guidelines, relevant practice standards, and clinical tools for practice.
Cindy Pritchard RN(EC), BScN, NP-PHC, CPMHN(C)
Nurse Practitioner, Adult Anxiety and Mood Disorders (AMD)/Prompt Clinic
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Dawn Tymianski, NP-Adult, MN, MA, PhD, CNN(C)
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Bridget Doan NP-PHC, MN
Nurse Practitioner, Department of Psychiatry, Consultation and Eating Disorders Program, Hospital for Sick Children
NP Psychotherapist, Whole Heart Mental Health and Wellness
Carole Gionet NP-PHC, MN, CPMHN(C)
Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Access Program, Department of Psychiatry
Hospital for Sick Children
Brittany Medeiros-Peixoto NP-PHC, MN
Community Psychiatry Clinic- Concurrent Disorders Program + General Psychiatry and Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic
St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Brittany is a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in mental health and addictions care. She has been working in this area of healthcare for over 10 years in various capacities.
Mary Smith PhD, NP-PHC
Carrie Whittley NP-PHC, MN
VoiceFound – The Clinic, Youth Services Bureau, Shephards of Good Hope, Apollo Research, Centre for Health Innovation.
Carrie has always worked with vulnerable populations. For 13 years she worked in clinic and outreach at Ottawa Inner City with the homeless and marginally housed. Since leaving she has expanded her experience with clients that are involved in human trafficking, corrections, residence for vulnerable populations, those requiring cannabis consultation and most recently as an independent private NP for primary care clients. She has now taught for the University of Toronto for over a year and has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge with others as well as learning from them as well.
Shannon Wright RN(EC) NP-PHC, MSc., CPMHN(C)
Mental Health in Medicine Clinic, Centre for Mental Health
Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Shannon Wright is a primary healthcare nurse practitioner specializing in medical psychiatry at UHN who is passionate about combining physical and mental health care. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Shannon completed a bachelor of science in nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), later earning a master of science and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma at McMaster University. In 2018, she became the first nurse practitioner to win a prestigious fellowship from the Medical Psychiatry Alliance.
Early Bird price (ends August 12, 2022) $829 + HST Regular price (starting August 13, 2022) $920 + HST U of T Nursing Alumni save 15% $780 + HST U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15% $780+ HST NPAO Member save 15% $780 + HST
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