Ethical Decision-Making in Mental Health- 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 self-reflect while providing person-centered care and ethics-based-decision-making principles to a variety of interactions with the public while developing an ethics-informed standard of practice. Participants will learn how to apply ethical principles and communication skills when working with the healthcare team, your patient/clients and their families to resolve values-based conflicts and support the overall recovery process.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome

Week 2: Introduction to Ethics
Ethics versus Morals
Ethics Levels
Principles of Healthcare Ethics
Decision-Making with Ethics Theory

Week 3: Acting on Ethical Dilemmas
Distinguishing and Identifying Ethical DIlemmas
Roles in Ethical Dilemmas
Moral Justification and Moral Norms

Week 4: Fact Finding in Healthcare Ethics
Sources of Ethical Frameworks
IDEA Framework
A4R & Intention and Impact Tool
Ethical Fact Finding: 4 Box Method

Week 5: Ethics and Forensic Mental Health
Forensic Mental Health
Practice Case Study

Week 6: Adolescence & Mental Healthcare
Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Healthcare
Relational Autonomy
Practice Case Study

Learner Benefits

Better prepare staff working in mental health care settings
Apply principle-based ethical treatment when navigating through mental health patient care
Support healthcare workers when engaging daily encounters with patients/clients to facilitate choice and control
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?

    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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