Forensics in Mental Health – OS Employees Only

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

Who is this for?

  • Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Psychotherapists
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse (BC, AB, SK, MB)
  • Regulated healthcare practitioner
  • Unregulated healthcare professionals
  • Social workers, case managers and human services providers
  • Student affairs and youth services professionals
  • Educators
  • Correctional workers
  • Prevention specialist


This course delves into the intersection of forensic mental health and the Canadian legal system, equipping learners with the knowledge and skills to engage, educate, and support patients/clients navigating the complex terrain of forensic mental health. Learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the critical components within the scope of forensics that directly impact a patient/client’s situation. These components include the roles in the court system, court pleas, fitness to stand trial, treatment orders, criminally responsible vs not criminally responsible, role of the Ontario Review Board (ORB), and types of dispositions from the ORB.

Within the scope of forensics in mental health, a learner will be able to respond and educate a patient/client the relevance of specific processes within forensics towards a patient/client’s situation in a manner that supports health education and recovery.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome
Introduction to skills, graded activities, and the Yellowdig community platform.
You will also be given an overview of forensics, stigma of forensics, and why the system exists.

Week 2: Court System
Understand the process of a patient going through the court and roles of the court.

Week 3: Fit/unfit to Stand Trial and Treatment Orders
Distinguish criteria between fit vs unfit to stand trial and the use of treatment orders. 

Week 4: Criminally Responsible vs Not Criminally Responsible
Understand the CR assessment and how it differs from a fitness assessment.

Week 5: Ontario Review Board (ORB)
Identify roles of people in the ORB and the relevance of the system for a patient in forensics.

Week 6: Key Takeaways
Review all that you have learned in this course and complete our satisfaction survey!

Learner Benefits

Articulate the court roles and court process to a patient/client
Distinguish between forensic, fitness and criminal responsibility assessment
Educate a patient/client on the purpose of the treatment order
Understand and convey the role of the Ontario Review Board (ORB) and the types of dispositions to a patient/client

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

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  • 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?

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  • Is there any financial assistance?

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