Building Inclusive and Equitable Practices Within Mental Health

Developed in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Who is this for?

This microcredential aims to address the gap in mental health care environment and better prepare interprofessional healthcare workforces (allied health, social work etc.) who are working in mental health care settings.


Our microcredential is designed to help you recognize diverse patient/client experiences and respond inclusively and equitably when navigating through mental healthcare. Through our program, you will learn about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mental health care and gain practical skills in providing culturally responsive care to diverse patient populations. You will also develop a better understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on mental health outcomes and learn strategies to address systemic barriers to care. Learners will be able to recognize diverse experiences and respond inclusively and equitably when navigating through patient care.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome

Week 2: Recognizing Diversity
Layers of Identity

Week 3: Power vs Privilege
Power vs Privilege in Mental Healthcare
Equality vs Equity
Reflecting on Implicit Bias
Identifying Marginalization

Week 4: Responding with Inclusive Communication
Asking Questions Regarding Identity
Apply Inclusive Language

Week 5: Building Advocacy and Allyship
Advocating by Understanding Identity
Demonstrating Allyship

Week 6: Review
Key Takeaways

Learner Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 2-3 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on the learning platform.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignment is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 2-3 hours a week of course work.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differentiate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstrate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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