The philosophy of the JGH Department of Psychiatry, which includes the hospital’s Division of Psychology, is to treat each patient as an individual living within a larger social system that includes both family and community. Many services and treatments are available based on bio-psychosocial, family and cultural models. The department offers specialty clinics, for example First Episode Psychosis, Couple and Family Therapy, Personality Disorders, Perinatal Mental Health, as well as non-specialized services.
Under the direction of Dr. Karl Looper, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry (ICFP), the JGH’s Department of Psychiatry, with a staff of 35 psychiatrists, 14 psychologists, 12 Occupational Therapists, 10 Social Workers, 47 Nurses and 10 Orderlies, is responsible for a territory that includes some 220,000 residents, providing a wide variety of outpatient services at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry (ICFP) and the department's 48-bed inpatient unit located in Pavilion B of the main hospital. Child psychiatry services are located in the Centre for Child Development and Mental Health.
To provide safe, compassionate and excellent clinical care to our population, seeing individuals in the context of family and community, to offer tertiary care associated with research and teaching as well as secondary care while consulting with our primary care partners, and to develop world class psychosocial research and offer excellent teaching. Our biopsychosocial model includes clinical consultation/liaison with other specialties and research in behavioral medicine.
Dr. Karl Looper
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital
Co-Director, Mental Health Program, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal Health
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
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