Mental Health Law

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 focuses on integrating mental health law and legislation in clinical decision-making and health teaching when managing care processes for mental health patients/clients. Through our program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding mental health care and learn how to navigate the complex intersection of mental health and the law. You will also develop practical skills in incorporating legal considerations into clinical decision-making and health teaching, ultimately improving the quality of care for your patients/clients. Learners will be able to integrate mental health law/legislation in clinical decision-making and health teaching when managing care processes for mental health patients/clients.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome
Mental Health Act

Week 2: Patient Capacity and Consent
Determining Patient Capacity
Challenging Incapacity at the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB)
Obtaining Patient Consent

Week 3: Substitute Decision Maker (SDM)
Roles and Responsibility of SDMs
Managing Conflict between SDMs
Power of Attorney vs Public Guardian/Trustee

Week 4: Forensic Mental Health Law
Forensic System
Forensic Assessments (Fitness Assessments, Treatment Orders, Criminally Responsible Assessment)
Ontario Review Board (ORB)

Week 5: Complex Scenarios in Mental Health Law
Concealing Medications and Implications with Consent
Leaving Against Medical Advice

Week 6: Review
Key Takeaways

Learner Benefits

Better prepare staff working in mental health care settings
Integrate mental health law/legislation in clinical decision-making and health teaching
Provide strategies to uphold patient rights through the law
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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