NOTE: You must be prompt and present for the course – participation in the full two days is required. Any time missed will result in certificates not being issued.


This practical and interactive workshop is designed to provide a practical overview of mental illness. It assists front-line workers in recognizing the signs and symptoms of major mental illness: schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. You will acquire pragmatic ways of working with people with a mental illness that are both effective and supportive.


Learning Objectives:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Develop practical strategies for positive interactions and providing support.



Community workers frequently find themselves working with individuals who suffer from mental illness. This full-day interactive workshop will build on knowledge acquired from the Mental Health Part I workshop. Demonstrations, group exercises, and a “standardized” patient approach will be used to review major mental illnesses and to practice effective intervention strategies. Stress management techniques and the importance of self-care for community workers will also be addressed.


Learning Objectives:

  • Increase yourself awareness regarding mental health recovery and emotional distress.
  • Introduce some practical strategies and intervention skills.
  • Increase your personal confidence and professional competency when working with individuals living with emotional distress and mental illness.
  • Challenge participants to embark upon self-mastery pathway towards maximizing their professional competency, resiliency and wellbeing via their work in the community.


FACILITATOR DR. JIM CULLEN is a social worker with a 20-year history of working in the field of mental health and addictions in both clinical and senior leadership roles. He has worked with Youth and Adults, First Nations and LGBTQ2S communities. Jim has had a varied career at hospitals and organizations such as CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Kinark Child and Family Services, and The National Ballet School of Canada as examples. With First Nations communities and organizations Jim has worked with Anishnawbe Health and Native Child and Family Services. Across Canada he has provided Training and Consultation to communities such as Shuswap Lake in BC, Kat Lake and Six Nations in Ontario, and Kitigan Zibi in Maniwaki Quebec to name just a few. He currently maintains a full-time psychotherapy practice in Toronto and provides consultation and training for organizations and government. Jim also holds an Adjunct Appointment at the University of Toronto and has been successful in research and publication.