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Professional Development Resources on Addiction and Mental Health topics



La Cité collégiale

On July 17 2005, La Cité collégiale officially launched its new website, with the goal of making access easier and helping its visitors choose a professional, college or university study program from 70 postsecondary programs and over 500 other certificates and courses offered on campus or through distance education.



Centre canadien de lutte contre l’alcoolisme et les toxicomanies (CCLAT) / Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is Canada's national addictions agency. Established by an Act of Parliament in 1988, the Centre provides objective, evidence-based information and advice aimed at reducing the health, social and economic harm associated with substance abuse and addictions.  The aim of the Institute is to provide these professionals with information on evidence-based approaches to service integration, and with opportunities to consider application and implementation issues at the systems and service levels.



Collège Boréal

Collège Boréal is committed to meeting the educational and training needs of the francophone population of Central-Southwestern and Northern Ontario, through decentralization and community involvement.  It offers, in Ontario, in Canada and elsewhere, quality programs and services that are flexible and adapted to the realities of today’s world, in an environment that is conducive to learning and work.


Cours à distance à Collège Boréal


My Language, My Culture, My Health

A series of Collège Boréal courses and workshops designed to assist health professionals in acquiring language skills and cultural competencies required to offer quality services to Francophones in Canada. Training courses are modular, flexible and interactive. A joint effort of the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) and the Société santé en français (SSF).



Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

The CNFS (national consortium on training in the field of health-care) provides greater opportunities for French-language training in the field of health-care by bringing together 10 university- and college-level teaching institutions from all over Canada offering French-language study programs in various health-care disciplinesédéédecins é



Médecins francophones du Canada

Training is a major part of their mandate. 

(In French only)



Le Rifssso aims to promote communication among its health-care provider members and to help them improve the delivery of services in French. In January 2011, the Rifssso invited its members to participate in a survey about their needs in the area of continuing education in order to help them to further develop their professional skills. The results are available in the Nouveau rapport sur les besoins de formation des intervenants francophones


esante-ontario.ca is a collaborative network of francophone professionals working in the area of health care and social services in Ontario.  The website offers free, on-line courses, on-line resources and a discussion board. 

You need to become a member to participate in these activities. Register at www.esante-ontario.ca

(In French only)


Réseau canadien des professionnels en toxicomanie et de domaines connexes (RCPTDC) / Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied Professionals (CNSAAP)

The Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied Professionals is the first national website developed specifically for Canada’s substance abuse workforce. This resource aims to facilitate the adoption of evidence-informed practice across the continuum of care and to encourage and support ongoing learning with particular emphasis on emerging trends, quality assurance and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

National Summer Institute on Addictions / Le Symposium estival national sur les toxicomanies



Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD)

(In French only)

Since 1988 REFAD has brought together people and organizations seeking to promote and develop French-language education through distance learning. REFAD provides information, visibility and a place where its members from all over Canada can connect. Members include schools, colleges, CEGEPs, universities, associations, ministries, firms and television stations that have an interest or that operate in the distance learning field.

Répertoire de l’enseignement à distance en français



L'Association canadienne de gérontologie (ACG) / Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)

The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership in matters related to the aging population. The Canadian Association on Gerontology seeks to improve the lives of older Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge in Gerontological policy, practice, research and education. This site has a comprehensive list of professional courses offered at post secondary institutions both in Ontario and across Canada.



Dementia Education Website

(English / French Web site under construction)

This site has been developed as part of a multi-faceted education program to inform and promote practice change on Alzheimer Disease and related dementias. The program’s comprehensive educational objectives cover: the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer Disease and related dementias, the impact of dementia on the person, family and caregivers, an awareness of the importance of community resources and an interdisciplinary approach to care.

The target audience includes: students of all Ontario medical schools, residents of the family medicine programs, family physicians, physicians practicing in long- term care facilities, physician advisors to community care access centres and physician educators.

*A password and login are required for further detailed information on the site *


Conferences, Symposiums etc


Congrès des 5 continents 

(Simultaneous translation into English)

Effets psychosociaux de la mondialisation sur la santé mentale : pour une écologie du lien social

Conference on the psychosocial effects of globalization on mental health

Le Symposium estival national sur les toxicomanies

The National Summer Institute on Addictions is a valuable opportunity to learn while connecting with other professionals in a meaningful way.