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Teenage Health Unit

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How to reach us
514 340-8242

Where to find us
5790 Côte-des-Neiges (Pavilion H), 2nd floor

Overview
The Teenage Health Unit was established in 1985 to give comprehensive primary care to youth aged 13-19 and to provide cutting-edge training in adolescent medicine and psychotherapy to family medicine residents and psychology interns.

Donated money is used to pay for teens to receive psychotherapies that treat an incredibly wide variety of mental health problems and issues, including depression and suicidality, anxiety disorders, self-mutilation, physical and sexual abuse, ADHD, eating disorders, substance abuse, bullying, family discord, anger management problems, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Teenage Health Unit therapists use cognitive behaviour therapy, the gold standard in psychotherapy. From 2012-2014 we averaged nearly 2300 psychotherapy sessions per year given to suffering teenagers.

In addition to the one-on-one psychotherapies the Teenage Health Unit provides, it has also provided a range of group therapies. For example, teens engaging in "Non-suicidal self-injury", also called deliberate self-harm or self-mutilation, were recently treated in group therapies that were successful.

The Teenage Health Unit has a high school outreach program with weekly visits to high schools throughout the greater Montreal area. Each year through these visits our physicians and nurses provide interactive biopsychosocial educational services to 8,750-10,000 teenage students in approximately 40 schools.

In November of 2013 the THU won a $15,000 grant from the National Bank to fund our "Anti-Bullying Treatment Program". In collaboration with McGill University’s Psychology Department, we are developing a cutting-edge group treatment program for teens who have been victims of bullying.


Services 

  • Comprehensive primary healthcare to teenagers (13-19)
  • Psychotherapy/psychological services to teenagers (13-19)
  • Cutting-edge training in adolescent medicine and psychotherapy to family medicine residents, medical students, and psychology interns
  • Interactive biopsychosocial educational outreach program for high schools and community groups in the Greater Montreal region
  • Consultative services to high school guidance counsellors, psychologists, and administrators.
  • Participation in research related to important teen issues such as bullying

Directors
Dr. Michael Malus
Dr. Perry Adler 


Teenage Health Unit: A vital part of the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre at the JGH

 

Presentation for JGH Mini-Med School 2013 - Helping Teens Through Adolescence
Dr. Perry Adler, Associate Director of the Teenage Health Unit