Our child and adolescent program provides psychotherapy to individuals ages 6-18. Individual therapy is typically offered to children and youth (and their parents, where appropriate and indicated). Direct therapy and coaching are also available for parents. Typical presenting concerns include anxiety, mood difficulties, OCD, ADHD, selective mutism, and personality disorders (in older adolescents). Psychologists on this team used an integrated approach of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Semi-structured and/or structured interviews (e.g., K-SADS) alongside supplemental standardized questionnaires as indicated are used at the start of treatment to inform case conceptualization and treatment planning. There are also often opportunities for interprofessional case consultation concerning client care, including interfacing with family doctors and psychiatrists, and liaising with school staff.
The primary focus of this practicum is the provision of psychotherapy, however, if interested, practicum students in this stream could also engage in psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments with children and youth, culminating in integrated reports.