Program Description:

The Child and Adolescent Centre is a regional provider of primary, secondary, and tertiary child mental health services in Southwestern Ontario through four programs: Inpatient, Outpatient, Eating Disorders, and Day Treatment.

  • The Child and Adolescent Centre offer assessment, stabilization and treatment. The inpatient service offers short-term stabilization admissions, inpatient assessments of urgent mental health problems presenting in crisis, and coordination with community resources for follow-up treatment planning for patients under the age of 16.

General Information:

Number of Beds:

  • 11 inpatient beds including 4 dedicated to patients experiencing eating disorders.

Team Composition:

  • Collaborative Practice Model: 2 Teams Composed of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, dietitian. Nurse Practitioner/ Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Educator collaborate with inpatient staff.
  • Child & Youth counselors, Social Worker, Family Therapist, Teachers
  • Average Length of Stay: 14 days
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:5*
    § (*Child Youth Counselors also assist in providing care and milieu management).
  • Primary Nursing delivery of care model

Hospital Site: Level 6: Victoria Hospital

Scheduling Information:

  • Shift times: 0700-1900hrs;1900-0700hrs; occasional 8hr shifts
  • Preset schedule. Casuals pre-booked and called in as needed to cover illness, increases in acuity.

Background Essentials:

  • Special consideration given to students completing consolidation on the inpatient unit.
  • 2 years acute care nursing experience or related experience is recommended but not required.

Professional Assets:

  • Strong interpersonal skills based on knowledge of self/others, Emotional Intelligence
  • Ability to work as part of a highly skilled and dedicated team
  • An expressed interest in acquiring specialized knowledge in the area of child and adolescent mental health

Professional Development:

  • In-services available on site. Multidisciplinary journal club meets monthly.
  • Program is host to annual daylong conference. Staff involved in presentations at a national level.
  • Research opportunities available.
  • Professional development funds available through the Education Committee.

Student Consolidation:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health inpatient unit offers an exciting opportunity to consolidate your skills in a positive learning environment.

Program Links:

  • Inpatient unit receives regular subscriptions to a number of journals including
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.
    • RNAO
    • CNA