Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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Consulting Psychiatrist

Child, Youth and Reproductive Mental Health, Inpatient Services, BCCH

Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit (0.8 FTE)

The Department of Psychiatry provides ambulatory, inpatient and residential care for children and youth at BCCH through 11 sub-specialty ambulatory clinics, inpatient beds (6 emergency, 10 child, 10 adolescent) and an eating disorder program which includes inpatient beds (14 beds), day treatment (6 spots), ambulatory care and residential care for youth and young adults (14 beds). All services are provincial in scope and provide tertiary consultation to children, youth and families throughout BC either directly or via telehealth/outreach. The Department includes a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada (RCPSC) accredited subspecialty residency training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is actively engaged in overseeing the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric core training for general psychiatry residents within the UBC psychiatry residency program as well as medical students in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. The BCCH Department of Psychiatry is affiliated with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI) which has the Brain, Behaviour and Development as one of four major research themes under the leadership of Dr. Evelyn Stewart. Through the affiliation with the BCCHRI, the Department has established research strengths in neuroimaging, genetics, metabolism and clinical research. The Department is actively involved in supporting best practice through multiple provincial networks for which it provides infrastructure support (Eating Disorders, Health Literacy, Youth Concurrent Disorders and Child & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use), through its robust and award winning Child & Youth Mental Health Literacy Program and Child Health BC.

The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit is a ten bed provincial psychiatric assessment and treatment unit for children and youth 12 – 18 years of age. It is staffed by an interdisciplinary team including counsellors, nursing, occupational therapists, psychiatry, psychology, social work, speech-language pathologists, and special education teachers. Psychiatry consultants are expected to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a trauma informed, patient and family centered manner providing comprehensive psychiatric assessment, case management, and liaison with community providers for youth referred to and admitted to the unit. The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit is a teaching unit and active supervision of residents and medical students is expected.

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