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    Brain & Mental Health

    Psychology

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    What is Psychology?

    Psychologists (C. Psych.) and Psychological Associates (C. Psych. Assoc.) are Regulated Health Professionals who are trained to work with children, adolescents and their families in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of behavioural and mental health conditions (College of Psychologists of Ontario, 2013).

    Psychologists use a developmental perspective in their work – they seek to understand a child’s current functioning in all areas (cognitive, academic, behavioural, social-emotional) in the context of her development. In order to gain a comprehensive picture of the child, they will also take into account her family life and family history, her experiences at school and those with peers. The techniques and approaches used in psychology are evidence-based, meaning that they bring together scientific research, clinical opinion and the needs and values of the client/family.

    Psychologists and psychological associates are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Psychologists and psychological associates “must meet rigorous professional entry requirements, adhere to prescribed standards, guidelines and ethical principles and participate in quality assurance activities to continually update and improve their knowledge and skill” (CPO, 2013). In Ontario, only psychologists, psychological associates and medical doctors have the legal authority to engage in the controlled act of communicating a diagnosis of a mental disorder.

    Conditions We Assess/Treat

    • Academic Problems
    • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Anxiety
    • Adjustment Disorders
    • Behavioural Difficulties
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Disruptive Behaviour Disorders (e.g. ODD)
    • Problems with Emotion Regulation
    • Giftedness
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression)
    • Parenting Challenges
    • Parent-Child Relationship Problems
    • Social Problems

    Our Approach

    Practitioners work as a team with each family to create a treatment journey that fits into their lifestyle, builds trust and helps achieve shared outcomes. Our clinicians will collaborate with other disciplines when appropriate to ensure the most comprehensive care is provided.

    Using a developmental perspective, psychologists at Boomerang Health provide a number of evidence-based assessment, treatment and consultation services for children, adolescents and their families. These services – as listed below – are tailored to the needs of the child and family, in keeping with their presenting concerns. Psychologists at Boomerang Health work from an integrative therapeutic orientation: they have training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), attachment-focused therapy, and systemic family therapy.

    Service Offerings

    Current Psychological Assessment Services

    Developmental Assessments for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 1-5)
    A comprehensive psychological assessment of a young child’s verbal and visual reasoning skills, early language development, motor skills, behaviour, and self-care skills. This assessment may also include a diagnostic component, if there are concerns related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental delay, anxiety, mood or behavioural difficulties.

    Interdisciplinary Assessments
    In conjunction with Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy, Psychology provides a developmental assessment of young children who are presenting with delays in the areas of language and communication, motor skills, sensory-processing and self-care skills; these children may be experiencing significant behavioural or social difficulties as well. This assessment is beneficial for families who are looking for a comprehensive assessment of their child in all areas of development, and to aid in treatment planning. This assessment may include a diagnostic component.

    Psychological and Psycho-Educational Assessments
    These assessments evaluate a child or adolescent’s cognitive, academic, behavioural and/or socialemotional functioning in order to identify the following, if appropriate:

    • Learning Disabilities
    • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
    • Adjustment Disorders, Social Difficulties and
    • Parent-Child Conflict
    • Giftedness

    Neuropsychological Assessments
    A neuropsychological assessment examines brain-behaviour relationships. More specifically, it examines the presence and severity of any cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties associated with specific neurological conditions including epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, ADHD, etc. A neurocognitive assessment involves the testing of several cognitive thinking functions including memory, attention, language, visual-perception and executive functioning, in addition to a comprehensive clinical interview and the completion of several questionnaires. The assessment can identify individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses and diagnosis language impairments, learning disabilities, ADHD, etc. Recommendations to facilitate success at home and school are provided.  

    Current Consultation Services

    Multidisciplinary consultation with allied professionals at Boomerang Health and in the community to support Boomerang Health clients in their course of treatment.

    Parent consultation regarding parenting challenges, academic difficulties, social concerns and treatment planning;

    Client-centered case consultation with schools regarding classroom accommodations, curriculum modifications, and school-based social-emotional interventions.

    Current Treatment Services

    • Parent Counseling
    • Play-Based Parent-Child Therapy for Young Children and Their Parents
    • Family Therapy
    • Individual and Parent-Supported Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Group therapy
      A number of group programs are facilitated or supported by Psychology throughout the year including,

      • Parent-child anxiety groups (ages 5-7)
      • Parent-child anxiety groups for youth with high functioning ASD (ages 8-14)
      • Social skills programming for children with ASD, LD or ADHD (ages 6+)
    • Interdisciplinary Therapy
      For families and clients who are involved in allied services at Boomerang Health, psychology will integrate social-emotional or behavioural treatment goals into other Boomerang Health treatment programs.

    Prices

    Rehabilitation services, including psychology, are not covered by OHIP, but may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits. Check with your insurance provider for details. Appointments with our physicians are covered by OHIP.

    Psychological Services – $235.00/hour. This includes:

    • Consultation and Treatment Sessions
    • Assessment and Testing Sessions
    • Scoring and Interpretation by Psychologist
    • Report Writing by Psychologist

    Types of Assessment:

    • Psycho-Educational Assessment
    • Neuropsychological Assessment
    • Developmental Assessment
    • Diagnostic Assessment
    • Giftedness Assessment
    • Bilingual Assessment

    AboutKidsHealth

    For more information related to Psychology, visit the following pages on AboutKidsHealth, SickKids’ trusted health education website for children, youth, and their caregivers:

    Social Work & Psychotherapy

    Click here to meet our Social Work and Psychotherapy team.

    What is a Social Worker?

    In Ontario, Social Workers (BSW or MSW) are Regulated Health Professionals who work within a scope of practice that includes assessment and counselling of “individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies, to assist individuals, dyads, families” to achieve optimum psychosocial and social functioning (College of Social Workers, 2016).

    Social work is targeted on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of the child and overall well-being of the family. Parents and child are supported in gaining a clear understanding of the problem, in setting realistic goals, and in having a plan and timetable to acquire the knowledge, skills and links to resources to address the child’s identified difficulties and to improve the overall level of functioning. The goal is to help the child make successful transitions and thrive in the school, peer and home settings. Social workers are regarded for their collaborative and strength-based approach, their emphasis on the person-in-environment model, and their emphasis on social justice. The techniques and approaches used in social work are evidence-based, meaning that they bring together scientific research, clinical opinion and the needs, strengths and values of the client/family.

    Social workers are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers of Ontario. The College sets out minimum standards of professional practice and conduct for members of the college, in accordance with the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998.

    What is a Psychotherapist?

    Psychotherapists are Regulated Health Professionals that provide talk-based therapy intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, 2022). Psychotherapists work with clients to bring about positive change in a client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Psychotherapists are regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

    Presenting Concerns seen by Social Work and Psychotherapists at Boomerang Health:

    • Bereavement, Loss & Grief
    • High Risk behaviour among youth
    • Marital Discord and its impact on family functioning
    • Parenting through Separation and Divorce
    • Parent-Child Relationship Problems
    • Parent-Infant attachment difficulties
    • Trauma

    As well as:

    • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Anxiety
    • Adjustment Disorders
    • Behavioural Difficulties
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Disruptive Behaviour Disorders (e.g. ODD)
    • Problems with Emotion Regulation
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression)

    Our Approach

    Practitioners work with each family to create a treatment journey that fits into their lifestyle, builds trust and helps achieve shared outcomes. Our clinicians will collaborate with other disciplines when appropriate to ensure the most comprehensive care is provided.

    Using a collaborative and strengths-based perspective, social workers at Boomerang Health provide a number of evidence-based treatment and consultation services for children, adolescents and their families. These services are tailored to the needs of the child and family, in keeping with their presenting concerns. Social Workers at Boomerang Health work from an integrative therapeutic orientation: they have training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), brief therapy, and solution-focused therapy, within both an individual and family therapy context.

    Current Consultation Services

    Multidisciplinary consultation with allied professionals at Boomerang Health and in the community to support Boomerang Health clients in their course of treatment.

    Parent consultation regarding parenting challenges, social-emotional and behavioural concerns and treatment planning;

    Client-centered case consultation with schools regarding school-based social-emotional interventions.

    Current Treatment Services

    • Parent Counselling
    • Play-Based Parent-Child Therapy for Young Children and Their Parents
    • Family Therapy
    • Individual and parent-supported therapies for children and teens

    Interdisciplinary Therapy

    • For families and clients who are involved in allied services at Boomerang Health, social work will work closely with other team members to align and communicate treatment goals.

    Prices

    Rehabilitation services, including social work are not covered by OHIP, but may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits. Check with your insurance provider for details. Appointments with our physicians are covered by OHIP.

    Social Work and Psychotherapy Services – $185.00/hour. This includes:

    • Consultation and Treatment Sessions
    • Report writing

    AboutKidsHealth

    For more information related to Social Work, visit the following pages on AboutKidsHealth, SickKids’ trusted health education website for children, youth, and their caregivers:

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