Osgoode's National Symposium on Mental Health Law

The legal rights and responsibilities in the area of mental health law are numerous and complex. There is no consensus on the best approach for the delivery of mental health services, the type of advocacy support that is most appropriate, or even the best approaches in assessing and managing the risks of violence. Another challenge is the constantly evolving case law. For the professionals who must deal with mental health issues – including lawyers, health care and law enforcement professionals, it is imperative that they keep informed about the issues and their obligations.
OsgoodePD’s National Symposium on Mental Health Law was designed by experts to provide for a comprehensive update of the essential current and emerging legal issues, together with practical advice and strategies for how to deal with them. Topics covered include:

• Police training: recognizing the signs and indicators of mental illness
• Search and seizure in mental health units: Do’s and Don’ts
• Children and adolescent mental health law issues
• Mental health and the elderly: clinical issues and the balancing of rights
• Advocacy support and the provision of mental health services
• Strategies and tactics in the assessment and management of risk
• First Nations, Metis and Inuit: strategies to support these at-risk communities
• Mental illness and physician assisted death

Plus! You won’t want to miss our Keynote Speaker, David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC, Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health , Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada and his talk entitled “A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada”

Whether you are a healthcare professional, a lawyer advising a health care institution, a patient, social worker or a law enforcement or correction officer, don’t miss the opportunity to learn from and engage with some of Canada’s foremost experts in mental health law. This program will provide you with the knowledge, tools, strategies and tactics that will help you and your organization tackle the complex legal issues you face in your day-to-day working life.