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Child and Family Psychiatry Program

This specialized Women’s Mental Health Program grew out of the understanding that a woman’s emotional wellbeing is inextricably connected to that of her children and family.

Services Provided:
The program provides consultation and short-term treatment for children aged 0 to 18 and their families, with concerns including: mood/anxiety, behaviour management, attention/hyperactivity, parenting, and parent-infant attachment.

Treatment may include:

  • individual therapy
  • parent counseling
  • family therapy
  • treatment with medication

We are very pleased to offer group therapy for mothers with postpartum anxiety/depression and their infants, provided jointly with the Reproductive Life Stages program.

Our child psychiatrist’s work in collaboration with the Women’s Mental Health psychiatrists and therapists to provide integrated care for families with parental mental health concerns.

We do not provide assessments related to custody or legal concerns.

Referral

Please note, at this time, we will only be accepting new referrals for children and adolescents in the following categories:

  • Children/youth who are existing patients of WCH (i.e. WCH Family Practice or other hospital department)
  • Those who have a parent who is a current mental health patient in one of the WCH Psychiatry clinical programs
  • Young children/infants ages 5 and under.

Referrals

Referrals should be completed from a family doctor or pediatrician, and must include the physician’s telephone, fax and billing numbers. Please note that referrals can be made on the CareLink Portal- E-Referral (link to carelink) and/or download our Child and Family Psychiatry Program referral form (.pdf) Once completed, please fax to 416-323-6356.

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