Mental health services for children and adolescents

Mental health services for children and adolescents

Mental health services for children and adolescents team

Location and Contact

Location: Markham site: Unit 2WF, building B, 2nd floor
Phone: 905-472-7530; fax 905-472-7371

The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health Program provides assessment and treatment for youth up to age 18 years with moderate-to-severe mental health conditions.

We offer services for a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and early signs of psychosis.

Our team consists of a child psychiatrist, a consultant physician, social workers and child and youth counsellors who are skilled to support patients and their families in recovery from mental illness.

A physician referral is required for all programs listed below. Download the mental health referral form.

Intake, assessment and treatment

Intake process

Patients undergo an initial assessment by a social worker or child and youth counsellor who provides recommendations for assessment and treatment.

Assessment

Our psychiatrist and family physician will provide a further assessment and/or medication consultation and management for patients who require this service.

Individual therapy

Our clinicians provide evidence-based counselling to manage symptoms. Various treatment approaches are offered such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness, play and sand therapy.

Group therapy

We offer two types of group therapy for youth:

  • Worry Busters @ MSH: This is a 13-week program for youth between the ages of nine to 13 who struggle with anxiety and depression. It uses an evidence-based approach with CBT and includes aspects of yoga and creative art therapy. Parents are engaged in three of the 13 sessions and provided with education, resources and support.
  • Mind and Body Matters: This is a 12-week program for youth between the ages of 14 to 18 who struggle with anxiety and depression. It allows youth to socialize while bringing awareness to their physical, emotional and cognitive experiences of distress. It provides education and practice of skills based on the principles of mindfulness, CBT and DBT. Parents are offered education, resources and support.

Adolescent Treatment and Learning Alternative Service (ATLAS) Program

This is a day treatment program for youth ages 12 to 18 who are struggling with depression and/or anxiety and have significant difficulty attending school. This goal-oriented program combines a classroom experience with group therapy and psychiatric treatment to help participants learn to better manage their symptoms and prepare them for a return to school. Parents are offered weekly support and education. The ATLAS Program is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team which includes a York Region District School Board teacher, child and youth counsellors, social workers and a psychiatrist. Students can earn a high school credit in physical education.