Refugee mental health online course

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers a free, self-paced Refugee Mental Health online course and we invite health care, social and settlement service providers to register.

Over 3,000 service providers have already participated in this award-winning course, which aims to enhance providers’ knowledge and skills in supporting refugee mental health.

The course is held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The course is self-directed and interactive; it includes evidence-based information, case studies, quizzes, self-reflection activities and over 40 videos. The time required to complete the course is estimated at 10 to 12 hours in total, although this varies for each person. During enrolment in your session, you will be able to access the course online 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a period of 6 weeks.

An inter-professional panel of subject-matter experts is available to answer questions and provide practical knowledge and practice information.

The subject-matter experts are:

  • Clare Pain, Director, Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Debra Stein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
  • Vanessa Wright, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Refugee Clinic, Women's College Hospital
  • Vince Pietropaolo, General Manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services.

An online Community of Practice, webinar series and resource toolkit provide opportunities for professionals to network, collaborate and continue learning after the course.

Course topics include: key determinants of refugee mental health; recognizing and addressing mental health problems in refugees; unique needs of vulnerable subgroups (e.g., women, children, victims of torture); key principles of trauma-informed service; refugee mental health promotion; working effectively with interpreters; and applying self-care to prevent burnout and vicarious trauma.

To register and for more information, visit

If you are not available for the six-week session beginning April 27th, there are three other session dates to choose from.

Funding for this project is provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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