Common Mental Illnesses: Assessment and Documentation- OS Employees Only

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 nurses who are working in mental health care settings.


This microcredential is designed to enhance learners skills when delivering human services and better prepare nurses and other medical professionals working in healthcare to understand prevalent diagnoses while applying corresponding interventions and person-centered care principles to a variety of scenarios with a standard of practice free from stigma and discrimination. Learners will identify the most prevalent diagnoses in the five major mental health disorder categories and apply corresponding nursing interventions through a series of real-world case studies. This includes objectively assessing, documenting and monitoring patients/clients through a non-stigmatized approach.

The CNA Accreditation Program upholds standards of quality for continuing professional development for nurses in Canada. By accrediting our learning activity through CNA, we are demonstrating to nurses that this program has been subject to a rigorous quality assessment and has achieved nationwide recognition.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome

Week 2: Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Major Depressive Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social & Panic Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Suicide RIsk Assesment

Week 3: Psychosis
Acute Psychosis
Schizoaffective Disorder

Week 4: Concurrent Addictions and Substance Use Disorder
Substance Use and Concurrent Addictions overview
Alcohol Use Disorder
Tobacco and Opiate Use Disorder
Sedative, Hypnotic, Anxiolytic Use Disorder
Compulsive Gambling & Sex Addiction

Week 5: Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder

Week 6: Personality Disorders
Cluster A: Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Cluster B: Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic Personality Disorder
Cluster C: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders


Learner Benefits

Better prepare staff working in mental health care settings
Assess for signs and symptoms of the most prevalent mental health disorders
Apply the appropriate nursing interventions, and document accordingly.
Network with sector professionals

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?

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