The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project’s online course is a free, self-directed training that will offer a comprehensive overview of immigrant and refugee mental health, focusing on subgroups at risks. It will provide in-depth discussion on how context and culture influence mental health and mental illness, as well as providing sample tools and resources for use in various practice settings, and offering evidence-based strategies and interventions to help you provide better services and supports to different immigrant and refugee populations. You will find practical examples of promising and innovative practices effective in improving outcomes for different groups of immigrants and refugees.
The course is designed to provide a uniquely interactive learning experience where you can consult with experts in the field, share ideas and experiences with hundreds of service providers from all over Canada, and learn strategies you would use on-the-job. Using, online learning technology, the course will offer a balance of background information, current research evidence, practical information and video demonstrations.
Two streams of the online course will be offered: (1) settlement and social service providers stream (2) health service providers stream.
Course for Settlement and Social Service Providers
This course stream is intended for settlement workers or social service providers in Canada, who in their current training or role conduct needs assessments, provide settlement/social service information, and facilitate referrals. Participants in this stream may include service providers such as: community outreach facilitators, housing counsellors, employment facilitators, or family support workers.
*social workers, among other professionals, may benefit from each stream. However, you should choose the stream that is most relevant to your individual trainings, roles and responsibilities.
Course for Health Service Providers
This course stream is intended for health service providers in Canada, who in their current training or role conducts mental health screening/assessment, diagnosis, or treatment/therapy, and are comfortable with basic clinical language. Participants in this stream may include service providers such as: physicians, nurse practitioners, or psychologists/psychiatrists.
- Module 1: Immigration and the Social Determinants of Health
- Module 2: Introduction to Mental Disorders
- Module 3: Mental Health Needs of special Populations
- Module 4: Treatment and Support (HP) Counselling and Case management (SW)
- Module 5: Service Use, Pathways to Care and Interpretation
- Module 6: Mental Health Promotion and Partnerships
- Module 7: Self-care and Self-awareness
Immigration and the social determinants of health: Provides general information about mental health and immigration in Canada, including relevant legislation, history, key issues and statistics. The module then outlines the social determinants of health, which are fundamental to understanding and addressing mental health needs in general and in immigrants and refugees in particular.
Introduction to Mental Disorders: Examines the most common mental disorders experienced by immigrants and refugees.
Mental health needs of special populations: Explores the unique mental needs of different vulnerable immigrant and refugee groups, including women, children and youth, seniors, survivors of torture and LGBTQ.
Counselling and case management: The SW stream reviews basic counselling and case-management skills to optimize communication with immigrants and refugees seeking mental health care and strategies for providing trauma-informed services.
Treatment and support: The HP stream focuses on the treatment and support of immigrants and refugees with mental disorders, including models of treatment and treatment interventions.
Service use, pathways to care and interpretation: Outlines the factors that help and hinder whether and how newcomers seek services for mental health problems, and outlines key considerations when working with an interpreter.
Mental health promotion and partnerships: Focuses on mental health promotion, the role that social support plays in promoting mental wellness, and the related roles of community development and partnerships.
Self-care and self-awareness: Provides strategies to promote self-care, cultural competence and continuing education.
Accreditation and Letter of completion
This continuing education event is held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+:
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 25.0 Mainpro + credits.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 25 hours.
Letter of completion
In order to be eligible to receive a letter of completion, participants are required to complete:
- course pre-test and course post-test
- all pre-module and post-module quizzes
Please note that there is a $20 fee to obtain a letter of completion. This fee covers accreditation costs. If you are eligible for a letter of completion, you will automatically receive an email one week after the course sessions ends that includes a link for making a secure online payment.
You do not need to achieve a particular grade level in order to be eligible for the letter of completion. The grades are for course evaluation purposes only; they assist in understanding the degree of learning participants gain from this course.