Mental Health Program

Program Description​​

The Sherwood Park PCN Mental Health (MH) Program offers the following services to its physician members on a referral-only basis:

Navigational Assistance – information and direction about community resources will be provided to your patients after a brief telephone screening with a MH Navigator.

MH Initial Assessment – conducted through face-to-face interviews by graduate-level trained MH Clinicians. Initial assessments include: pertinent history, clinical impressions, and treatment recommendations. MH Clinicians see children pre-school and up, as well as adults. The PCN does not conduct specialized geriatric assessments, but will recommend referral to the appropriate services.

Psychiatric Consultation – The PCN currently benefits from the part-time help of three psychiatrists (Dr. Ko, Dr. Guinhawa, and Dr. Vatts). These consults can assist you by providing diagnostic clarity and treatment (including medication) recommendations. They are also open to taking phone calls from you to discuss any treatment-related questions/challenges you are facing with respect to any of your patients they have seen. Dr. Ko is involved in hosting psychiatric resident (4th & 5th year) on Monday afternoons, so you may see some other doctors names on some of your reports.

MH Treatment – The PCN offers two treatment groups: Changeways (CBT for depression) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety). Both groups are closed groups that meet weekly for eight weeks. Potential participants are screened for suitability by MH Clinicians, and several groups are run each year. In cases where patients are being referred to another resource and that resource is not able to accommodate quickly enough, interim care is offered to such patients. 

MH Classes - A variety of 90 min. classes are offered on topics such as: bereavement, management of stress/anxiety, sleep, assertiveness, and retirement. While this is the only component of the program that does not require a physician referral, we encourage physician members to keep up-to-date on the PCN classes being offered, so they can recommend them to patients.

Referral Process

PCN member physicians may fax referrals to the PCN MH Clinic at 780-416-0139.

If the patient is seen by a mental health clinician, a consultation letter summarizing any presenting concern(s), pertinent history, the MH clinician's clinical impression and treatment recommendations will be sent within two business days of the patient being seen.

If the patient is seen by a PCN psychiatric consultant, the referring physician will receive a psychiatric consultation report, typically within 2-3 weeks of the consultation session. These reports outline diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatment recommendations, and offer the referring physician practical advice on the recommended course of action. In cases where more immediate action is required, Psychiatrists will send a handwritten note to the referring physician to avoid delays in treatment initiation/adjustment. 

External Resources

Addictions Resource Guide - Strathcona County

Anxiety - Parent Resources

Bereavement Resources in Sherwood Park

Bereavement Resources in Edmonton

Income Based Counselling Sherwood Park

Income Based Counselling in Edmonton

A Guide to Alberta's Certified Sex Addition Therapists

Helpful MH Websites

Employee Assistance Programs

List of Private Psychologists