MDSC has partnered with industry leaders to develop continuing education courses including:

PTSD - A Primer for Primary Care Physicians

This program will help you recognize PTSD and the strategies available to help provide care to patients with this condition. The content in this CPD program is evidence-based and in accordance with the preferred learning formats identified by physicians. This course integrates didactic teaching, case-based scenarios, self-assessment, and discussion with fellow participants.

  1. Define posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD according to DSM-5 criteria;
  2. Describe the mental disorders, physical disorders, and behavioral problems that are often comorbid with PTSD;
  3. Explain the rationale and principles of trauma-informed care, and strategies for its delivery;
  4. Propose appropriate pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment for PTSD; and
  5. Identify online and other resources for patients suffering from PTSD and recognize the value of these resources to augment treatment of the patient.

This continuing professional development (CPD) program has been designed to consider the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework, including the roles of: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, and Health Advocate.


This interactive online course intends to educate family physicians and specialists in the recognition of stigma related to mental illness.  The course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to recognize attitudes and behaviours that could potentially lead to stigma as well as provide an example of a practical clinical approach to helping doctors, other healthcare professionals and patients.

“Combating Stigma for Physicians and Other Health Professionals” is also introducing a fairly novel idea that we are not only after attitudinal change but also process or implementation change.  This approach will address some of the challenges of stigma especially social distancing, healthy social contact and good communication.

Learning objectives
After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Examine your attitudes, beliefs and behaviors toward persons with mental health problems, towards mental health providers, and to the social context and structures of health care delivery
  2. Identify mental health problems as bio psychosocial including real organic disease
  3. Describe an organized approach to the treatment of mental health issues using simple practical skills and competencies that work within a busy clinical setting.
  4. Develop an increased level of comfort and interest in addressing Mental Health problems and effectively combat the various types of Mental health stigma in one’s practice and health care system.


People with lived experience can be invaluable allies in the knowledge translation and dissemination phases because they have experienced depression.

The objective of this education is to prepare lived experience participants with the knowledge to actively participate in a research team and communicate effectively with depression researchers and other mental health professionals.

Under the project management of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, this education curriculum was developed by Barbara Everett, Ph.D. This three-day in person training session has eight modules and has been delivered in-person four times across Canada. Evaluations have been very positive.

In order to provide the training to a wider audience, we have now digitized the program modules and provide the training in an exciting online format, easy to access, and very engaging and enjoyable to participate in and learn from. Allowing you to benefit from the training regardless of your location.