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Please click on the links below to register and access all OPEN eLearning course modules. (Registration will be conducted through the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development.)
Module 1: Neurobiology of Trauma
Module 2: Antenatal Depression
Module 3: Anorexia Nervosa
Module 4: Obesity & Mental Health
In Canada, problems currently exists concerning patient access to mental health services. Simply adding additional providers is not a sustainable solution. Instead, it is important to build capacity through the development of continuing professional education and health system interventions to support mental health care providers and enable them to provide up-to-date care.
The Online Psychiatric Education Network (OPEN) will provide eLearning opportunities for health professionals, patients and their families.
The goal of OPEN is to support health care communities in
Please see the Partnerships tab for more information about the teams behind our eLearning modules.
eLearning has been used successfully and is a cost effective, efficient, easily-accessible, widely-distributed, and innovative way to offer evidence-based training, that can be systematically evaluated. Online training was a priority identified by the 2014 Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The Online Psychiatric Education Network (OPEN) at Women’s College Hospital and the Visual Knowledge Building & Translation (vKBT) Lab in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto have developed a shared vision and partnership to create OPEN. OPEN eLearning initiatives will use a design research iterative development and evaluation process. Upon implementation, the OPEN website will be accessible to health care practitioners and communities throughout Canada and internationally.
Competencies for Knowledge Translation to Practice
OPEN eLearning modules are designed based on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons 2015 CanMEDS Roles and Competence by Design framework to support trajectories of lifelong learning and knowledge translation to practice.
Women's College Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, 2015-16, funding of 2 Biomedical Communications masters design research studies on the Neurobiology of Trauma & Antenatal Depression, $20,000 ($10,000 each).
Royal Bank of Canada, 2016, funding for OPEN eating disorders modules on Anorexia Nervosa & Obesity and Mental Health, eLearning design research studies, programming, and interactive assessments, $25,000.
Online Psychiatric Education Network (OPEN)
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
For additional information please contact:
Dr. Leila Lax
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Dr. Valerie Taylor
Women’s College Hospital
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.
Check back for information on when and how you access OPEN eLearning.