Outpatient Services

The goal of the outpatient services is to support children, youth and their families by evaluating and planning treatment for significant emotional, behavioural, psychological and psychiatric symptoms in order to increase the mental health and functioning of children and youth at home, at school and within their home community.

These programs are designed to provide services from Monday to Friday in an office-based setting.

We have three specialized services to best meet these goals:

The Anscomb Program

This program provides specialized services for children and youth up to and including age 18, who are having significant challenges in their daily functioning due to severe, complex and persistent mood, anxiety and/or behavioural conditions related to major psychiatric disorders. These may or may not be associated with co-morbid neuro developmental conditions.

The Anscomb program serves all of Island Health catchment area children and youth.

Read the Anscomb brochure to learn more about the program.

The Adolescent Intensive Day Treatment Program (AIDTP)

This program serves youth in the Greater Victoria Area aged 14 to 18. It provides a 5 month intensive trauma-informed and attachment focused service with a multi-disciplinary team.

The program is offered five days a week and includes education onsite. It is designed to support youth who are experiencing significant anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and chronic suicidality (risk of suicide).

Read the AIDTP brochure to learn more about the program. 

The Youth Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program (Youth DBT)

This program serves 15 to 18 year old youth in the Greater Victoria Area who are struggling with chronic suicidality (risk of suicide) and/or self-injury and difficulty controlling emotions. It provides 6 months of specialized treatment for youth and their families.  

This includes weekly individual DBT therapy and a weekly DBT skills group. Support for caregivers is also provided on a weekly basis.  

Short phone coaching is available from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Read the Youth DBT brochure to learn more about the program. 


The Anscomb program is located at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria. The Anscomb program serves all Island Health area children, youth and families with appointments occurring on site at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health. 

General Information on Outpatient Services

Referral Required?
How to get a Referral

South Island (Sooke, Westshore & Greater Victoria)  – All programs:

Referrals to for all programs are only accepted from Mental Health Clinicians through the Ministry of Child & Family Development - Child & Youth Mental Health Clinics.

Duncan, Central & North Island – Anscomb Program only:

Referrals to Anscomb are accepted from physicians and mental health clinicians. It is recommended that children/youth be connected with their local Mental Health services prior to a referral to Anscomb.

Find the referral form here.

Contact Us

To discuss a potential referral or obtain more information, please contact Island Health, Child, Youth & Family Mental Health Services Intake at 250-519-6704.


Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health
2400 Arbutus Road
Victoria, B.C.
V8N 1V7 

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