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CYMHSU Community of Practice

2021/22 Strategic plan





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Upcoming webinar

COVID-19 Impacts: Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health | Wednesday, February 3rd, 18:30 – 20:00 (PST)

The CYMHSU Community of Practice has partnered with UBC CPD to offer an accredited educational webinar on COVID-19 Impacts: Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts and to learn from their experiences and best practices on managing the impacts of the pandemic on our young people. You are encouraged to submit your questions early.

Click HERE for a detailed overview with learning objectives and to REGISTER.

recorded WEBINARs

Implementing ACES & Social Determinants of Health into Your Practice to Improve Care for Children, Youth and Families

Facilitated by: Dr Shirley Sze Panelists: Dr Christine Loock, Dr Will Lau, Alesia DiCicco, Taylor Ricci, Ethan Ponton, Dr Eva Moore, Dr Matt Carwana

Read detailed agenda and learning outcomes here



Advocating for youth mental health care in BC through a Community of Practice (for Residents)

Facilitated by: Dr Matthew Chow Panelists: Dr Shirley Sze, Dr Rob Lehman, Dr Matt Burkey, Dr Aven Poynter, Dr Jane Ryan, Dr Dianne Semeniuk

Read detailed agenda and learning outcomes here


COVID 19: What doctors are saying about sending your kids back to school

The Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use (CYMHSU) Community of PracticE, created a short pamphlet describing some of their own key considerations when deciding whether to send their children back to school. These include assessing benefits versus risks, and taking into account the most recent public health guidance and clinical evidence. Please share this link with your patients as appropriate.  

 What doctors are saying about sending your kids back to school

Managing Anxiety and Stress in Families with Children and Youth During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use (CYMHSU) Community of Practice has created the following document to provide information and advice on managing anxiety and stress in families with children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please share with those you think will be interested.

 Managing Anxiety and Stress in Families with Children and Youth
During the COVID-19 Outbreak


The Community of Practice was pleased to host the 2nd ACEs Summit in the Province on May 9th supported by the Shared Care Committee. Please see resources and a short summary of the event here. For ACEs resources and articles, take a look at our ACEs folder in the Collaborative Toolbox here


For a summary of attendees, surveys, strategic plans, presentations and outcomes from provincial gatherings and events, please see below.  

Summary Report - March 2020

Summary Report - May 2019

Summary Report - October 2018

Summary Report - April 2018

Summary Report, September 2017


When the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative wrapped up in December 2017, physicians and other health professionals felt there was a need to continue working together to champion care and to support improvements in mental health and substance use services for children and youth.

The Shared Care Committee agreed, and since then have been supporting a CYMHSU Community of Practice which now includes more than 250 physicians, health professionals and system partners, including representatives from Government Ministries and Health Authorities. Five in-person meetings have taken place, to bring together the community and to set common goals. 

WORKING GROUPS FOCUS ON priority areas:  

In September 2019, informed by feedback from members, the CYMHSU CoP announced updates to its working group structure to focus on three ‘issue-focused’ areas:

1) Substance Use

2) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

3) A rotating short-term “Hot topic” issue as identified by CoP membership

2019-2021 Strategic Plan

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If you’re passionate about child and youth mental health and would like to get involved, please email