Osgoode Mental Health Law for Children and Youth

Engage with experts and peers on the most pressing current and emerging issues in mental health law for children and youth. Developed based on your requests for a program that would bring together legal, health care, mental health, education and law enforcement professionals... you’ll walk away with knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that will help you tackle these complex legal issues in your day-to-day working life.

Legal rights and responsibilities in mental heal law are numerous and complex. When the issues relate to children and youth, they become increasingly challenging. Different approaches to the delivery of mental health services to children/youth persist, as do challenges around the most appropriate advocacy supports and approaches for assessing and managing risks of violence.

Community collaboration challenges, the role of educators and the complexities that arise in the context of criminal law, in addition to the constantly evolving case law further complicates this already challenging arena.

As a legal, health care, mental health, education or law enforcement professional, you are caught in the cross hairs and struggle to stay on top of your obligations and responsibilities.

This annual OsgoodePD program was developed to bring together these professionals for a comprehensive one-day update of essential, current and emerging issues, together with practical legal advice on how to deal with them.

Who Should Attend?

  • School Administrators/Directors of Education/Supervisory Officers
  • Mental health leads
  • Teachers
  • Health care risk managers
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities and community care agencies
  • Psychiatristics, physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals
  • Lawyers in private practice specializing in health, criminal or education law
  • Crown lawyers
  • Government and public policy advisors
  • Expert witnesses and mental health consultants
  • Mental health patient advocates
  • Social workers
  • Health and social service professionals
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Corrections and rehabilitation service representatives

Faculty

Chairs

  • Michele M. Warner, Litigation Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis
mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca