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Child & Adolescent Services

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Care We Provide

The Child and Adolescent Services team offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of concerns affecting children and adolescents under the age of 19 including:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Early Signs of Psychosis

Mind & Body Adolescent Depression Group

is a group of 6-8 teens ages 15-19 who suffer from Depression or Bipolar Disorder.  The group meets twice weekly for 12 weeks.  On Tuesdays, the group participates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  On Thursdays, group members meet at Goodlife Fitness for a kickboxing class.  Groups begin twice per year:  fall and late winter.  To have your teen be considered for the group, please have your teen’s physician send a referral to Markham Stouffville Hospital -  Child & Adolescent Services (Fax:  905-472-7371).  Please have the physician write “please consider for Dr. Cooperman’s group.”  Dr. Cooperman will screen all potential candidates.  Not all who apply will meet group criteria.

Worry Busters 

Worry Busters @ MSH is a group of 8 children ages 9-12 who struggle with anxiety.  The program is offered in both Fall and Winter-Spring, and runs for 13 weeks with weekly 2-hour sessions. Children attend 10 sessions and parents attend 3 sessions. The program’s core is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, integrated with a variety of creative learning components and relaxation techniques.  A physician’s referral can be sent to Markham Stouffville Hospital -  Child & Adolescent Services (Fax:  905-472-7371).  Have the physician write “please consider for Worry Busters anxiety group.” The group leaders will screen each family to determine whether the program meets the needs of the child. Note that a commitment to full attendance of both child and parents is a mandatory requirement for acceptance.

What to look for:

  • Coping with mental illness in the family
  • Low self-esteem
  • Social and/or behaviour difficulties
  • Poor coping skills
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • School refusal
  • Bullying
  • Excessive worrying
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Care Providers

Social Workers

Social workers provide clinical and consultative services to children, adolescents and their families by conducting assessments, counseling and co-ordination of resources. Social workers help young people and their families make sense of their experiences and open up possibilities for positive change through support, guidance and understanding.


Psychologists have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Often, psychologists will use tests and interviews to help clarify and diagnose issues. Psychologists hold doctoral degrees and use a variety of talk therapy approaches to treatment, but do not prescribe medication.


Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness including the use of medication. As clinicians from a variety of fields, psychiatrists work closely together to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. In addition, they liaise with schools and other settings central to the lives of children, teens and families to provide the best, most comprehensive care possible.

*Translation services may be arranged upon request.

Assessment and Treatment Process

Assessment/Intake Your child will first meet with a social worker for initial assessment and recommendations for next steps. Assessment Your child may then meet with our psychologists and/or psychiatrists for diagnosis, further assessment and treatment, or may continue with a social worker for treatment.

Assessment and Treatment Options

Following a more comprehensive assessment, the following approaches to treatment are offered:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Sandplay therapy
  • Medication consultation and management

How to Access Services

There are two routes to our clinic: Doctor – Your child’s paediatrician or family doctor can make a referral. The referral can be faxed to Child and Adolescent Services at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Emergency Department – If, as a result of a crisis, your child has been seen in the Emergency Department, a referral may be made at that time through Emergency Department staff.

Location and Contact

Child and Adolescent Services is located at Markham Stouffville Hospital in Building B, Level 2 (2Wf) Phone: 905-472-7530 Fax: 905-472-7371