With the exception of our Introduction to Brain & Behaviour Course, these courses are open to all our visitors.  We will be adding to this collection of courses which are designed for public audiences.  The course materials and modules are kept short and easy to view and follow.   Please check back as we expand the series topics.

If you are interested in accessing the Introduction to Brain & Behaviour Course, please email Gail Hawley Knowles at hawleykg@providencecatre.ca.  Please note that we will not be accepting new enrolments into this course until June 3, 2017.

Photo of family discussion around kitchen table

Research shows that Advance Care Planning (ACP) improves quality of life and quality end of life care. Advance Care Planning involves a process of reflection and communication where a person reflects and shares with others what is important to their quality of life.  It provides an opportunity for individuals to start conversations with their families, a Substitute Decision Maker and possibly the health care team about their personal beliefs and values; also to consider options about their care if they were to become mentally incapable of giving consent or refusing treatment or care. 

This course is designed for the public audience with a view to providing information and supporting conversations within and among family members about advance care planning and clarifying how it is shaped by Ontario legislation.

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Photo of family discussion around kitchen table

Research shows that advance care planning improves quality of life and quality end of life care. Advance Care Planning (ACP) involves a process of reflection and communication in which a person lets others know what quality of life means to them and where an individual expresses their wishes about the kind of health and personal care they want in the future, if they were to become incapable of giving consent or refusing treatment or care.

This course is designed for health care providers working in primary care, continuing education and professional development to build capacity and support conversations with individuals and their families about the process of advance care planning and how it is embedded in legislation. 

Please note that all content in this site is shared under a Creative Commons License.



Photo of elderly man looking distraught and confusedThis overview is intended to provide health care professionals with a better understanding of why osteoporosis is important to screen for and manage, the incidence and prevalence of the disease in Canada as well as risk factors and recommendations to reduce risks and support function in older adults.

Photo of elderly woman with neck painPain is the greatest threat to comfort and a person’s quality of life. It is highly prevalent in the older population with 60-75% of people over the age of 65 reporting at least some persistent pain. Despite this, the elderly are often untreated or undertreated for pain. Effective pain management involves a collaborative team approach exploring factors that contribute to the person’s pain and working with the individual to understand their pain and meet their treatment goals.

This is a sample lesson , the first of four lessons, from our GOLD courses for Personal Support Workers, open for public viewing.

Illustration of the Brain and it's partsThis open course provides an overview of the Physiology & Functionality of the Brain and the effects of the 7 A's ( Anosognosia, Amnesia, Aphasia, Agnosia, Apraxia, Altered Perception and Apathy) and the associated brain part affected as two distinct modules.

Each module provides an interactive flash-based module which provides details on the specific part of the brain and it's function, the impact of dysfunction in the brain part and care strategies to use when caring for the person with the associated cognitive dysfunction.


REQUIREMENTS: You will need to have the Adobe Flashplayer installed on your computer, permission to run the flash player (which may have to be sest by your system administrator) and your browser should be set to accept pop-up windows.

Photo of older man seeming disorientedThis course describes the presentation and progression of dementia. It explores risk factors, early warning signs, symptoms and care strategies. Woven through the course is a review of the associated impact of caregiving and how you as a professional can identify stress and provide caregiver support.

The entire course is anchored in a person-centered approach to care which includes the individual and their care partner and focuses first and foremost on people as individuals. Throughout the course you are asked to apply your learning to an ongoing case study.

This is a sample lesson for Public viewing, the first of four, from our GOLD series of courses for Health Care Professionals.