Child and Youth Mental Health

Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) services are offered throughout British Columbia by the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD). These youth services provide a wide range of community-based specialized mental health services to children with mental health issues and their families. Mental health disorders might include any anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder, any depressive disorder, substance abuse difficulties, pervasive development disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, any disordered eating and bipolar disorder.

All services are voluntary.

In Powell River we have an experienced team of six clinicians with training in a wide variety of evidence based treatment modalities. The majority of referrals to CYMH come from families, physicians, school personnel and self-referrals.

The Sexual Abuse Intervention Program
(SAIP) provides treatment to children and youth up to 19 years of age who have been sexually abused. Therapeutic intervention aims to reduce the impact of sexual abuse trauma and supports healthy coping. Therapists are sensitive to individual client issues, age and developmental level, and adapt therapy for clients with special needs. This program also provides intervention for younger children with sexually intrusive behaviours.

Youth Forensic Services
We provide counselling for youth on probation. Referrals come directly from the probation officer, who acts as the case manager. Our team also collects the social history portion of court ordered assessments, and arranges for a psychologist to do the testing and compilation of the report, which assists the judge in making well informed decisions for further treatment.

Psychiatric Services
Child and Youth Mental Health has been provided with the support services of Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Rosenauer who comes to Powell River, on average, 2 days a month to assess children and provide assessment strategy and medication recommendations for children on CYMH caseload. This is Dr. Helen Rosenauer’s first year in our community and we are so pleased to have her with us.