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Guidelines and reference materials 

These reference materials can help guide your overall strategies for treating and managing clients’ mental health or addiction problems. They include resources on:

  • Using evidence
  • Handbooks on treatment issues 
  • Tools on clinical administrative matters

Clinical Guidelines

A range of organizations worldwide have published:

Handbooks and guides

Download or print the guides, handbooks, kits or book chapters available on these topics:

Competency frameworks

Competency frameworks set out the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to delivering mental health and substance abuse therapy. 

Program Standards and Frameworks 

These documents act as guidelines to planning and implementing mental health and addiction programs (such as court diversion, early psychosis intervention and community counselling). At present, provincial standards and frameworks from BC, Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and NWT are included.

Evidence-based practice 

Tools and resources to guide evidence-based decision-making and to support clinicians and administrators in implementing best practices.

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