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The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience marks an important step forward in mental health care for children and youth in Calgary, and was made possible thanks to generous community support through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.   

The Summit is located in the beautiful northwest Calgary neighbourhood of Hounsfield Heights and is easily accessible by bus, LRT and vehicle, with onsite parking available. Its design was significantly informed by young people and families whose insight helped shape the look and feel of this first-of-its-kind space, wholly dedicated to and purpose-built for them. 

Its three new services augment and integrate with the overall continuum of care currently provided through the AHS Child & Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health and Psychiatry Program (CAAMHPP) and other important community agencies, and provides families with greater access to timely assessments, intervention and therapy.  

The Summit is a warm and welcoming one-stop resource dedicated to helping young people who are struggling with mental health issues. It will provide a much-needed alternative for families in crisis. Currently, their only option for treatment is a hospital Emergency Department – primarily designed to rapidly triage and treat children with physical ailments. The Summit is tailored to meet the mental health needs of kids and teens and give them direct access to on-site assessment and therapy – all integrated with leading-edge research and training for the next generation of specialists.

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Like the Alberta Children’s Hospital, The Summit features special program enhancements to make the therapeutic experience as positive as possible for all those who rely on its services, including programs like Music, Art and Play Therapy. 

Walk In Clinic


Self-referrals are welcome, as are referrals from AHS Child and Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health and Psychiatry Programs (CAAMHPP) and other professionals in health, education, law enforcement and community agencies. 

Young people can return for additional care for several days in a row if required. No fee is required for services that include: 

■  One-hour therapy session for youth, parents and/or family

■  Development of personalized care and safety plans

■  Access to psychiatrist, if required

■  Referrals to other CAAMHPP services

■  Links to community agencies

Intensive Services

These services are aimed at helping young people manage acute escalating symptoms to prevent or reduce the need for hospitalization. With a referral from CAAMHPP, an Emergency Department, Access Mental Health or the Owerko Family Walk In Services, children and adolescents can benefit from personalized intensive individual, family and group therapy for one to four hours, three to five times a week for a period of up to six weeks. This program is designed to meet the needs of those who need more support from an integrated team of professionals. 

Services include:

■  Thorough assessment

■  Integrated multi-disciplinary testing​

■  Personalized treatment plan developed with family

■  Individual, family and group therapy

■  Outreach to provide in-home and/or in-school support


Day Hospital


To reduce their length of stay in hospital and ensure a smooth transition back to home, school and community, the Ptarmigan Day Hospital helps youth shift gradually from around-the-clock care to eight to 10 hours of daily intensive therapy. After receiving the support they need during the day kids can sleep in the comfort of their own beds at night. This “step down” approach will occur over two to four weeks and includes outreach mentoring for educators and families. 

Services include:

■  Individual, family and group therapy

■  Medication management

■  Music, art and recreational therapy

■  Educational support

■  Outreach to provide in-home and in-school support


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