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Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Online Course

This course is held under the auspices of the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario.


This new self-directed online course explores the health needs of adults with developmental disabilities (DD,) and the contribuing factors that account for disaparities in health and health care between adults living with DD and those in the general population.  The course addresses the role of primary care providers, and the Canadian recommended guidelines and practice tools found in the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Canadian Consensus Guidelines (2011), and Tools for the Primary Care of People with Developmental Disabilities (2011). The course builds on best practices for the prevention, assessment and management of problem behaviour in family medicine and ethical issues, such as informed consent.
This course includes various instructional activities, including case scenarios, multiple choice questions, and video reflection questions.

Target Audience

Health care providers; family physicians in particular.

Course objectives

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • implement evidence-based recommendations for general, physical, behavioural and mental health issues for the primary care of adults with DD
  • identify the link between adaptive functioning and communication for different levels of DD
  • apply assessment and treatment practices for problem behaviours
  • assess capacity for consent when proposing investigations or treatments for which consent is required
  • demonstrate the use of appropriate screening and assessment tools for adults with DD.



Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $50.00.  Once the course starts there are no refunds issued.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Participants will receive a Letter of Completion at the end of the course.

This course meets the certification criteria of the College of the Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, and University of Toronto for up to - 4.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Delivery Method

This is a self-directed, online course.  The course is comprised of four modules, and learners have four weeks to complete.


University of Toronto

Surry Place Centre

Course start date:



Robyn Steidman

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