What we do
The Teen Clinic is made up of:
- Eating Disorders Program
- Good 2 Go Transition Program
- SickKids Interprofessional Team for Youth (SITY)
- Substance Abuse Day Treatment and Outreach Program
- Transgender Youth Clinic (TYC)
- Young Families Program (for teen parents and their children)
In addition, the staff also participate in the care of adolescents from the transplant, lupus and HIV clinics.
The Teen Clinic is structured to serve the teens' unique health-care needs. You can come to the clinic by yourself or with a friend, parent, guardian or other family member. When you come to the clinic for an appointment, the health-care provider will first talk with you and your parent or guardian. Then you will have an opportunity to speak to one of the health-care providers alone.
At the Teen Clinic, we see teens on your own, unless you request otherwise. Whatever you discuss with the health-care provider is private, meaning that information will not be shared with anyone else unless there is some threat of harm to you or another individual. However, if you prefer, we can discuss the visit with your parent or guardian. The health-care provider would only go ahead with this discussion with your permission, but we do encourage family involvement. The physical exam is usually done without a parent in the room unless you request that the parent be present.
Medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, art therapy and nutrition all work in together in the Teen Clinic. During a visit, a teen may see several health-care providers who work together as a team. This team works together to provide the teen with comprehensive and co-ordinated adolescent health care.
The outpatient activities, day treatment programs and inpatient areas in the Division of Adolescent Medicine are committed to providing developmentally appropriate, confidential care to adolescents.