Brief Intervention Clinic


2B-183, 2nd floor, Burrard Building, St. Paul's Hospital

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About this clinic

The Brief Intervention Clinic (BIC) is an outpatient service. It offers psychiatric care for patients in the acute phase of illness. 

We triage patients within 2-4 days and provide brief interventions of 4-6 visits. Our multi-disciplinary team includes psychiatrists, social workers and a nurse. 

We offer:

  • Psychiatric assessment 
  • Short-term psychiatric treatment
  • Crisis counselling 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups

Clinic hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed

Closed on statutory holidays.

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Clinical trials & research

Advances in treatments are all thanks to medical research. While participating in research is a decision you should make for yourself in consultation with your care team, there is much activity in this area so please ask us about our research programs if you’re interested.

By taking part in research, you can help us all learn more about advancing health outcomes and find better ways to help people live and thrive. While you cannot assume benefit to yourself, your participation can make a difference in improving care for future patients.

The following clinical trials are currently enrolling volunteers. Please ask your care team for more information or contact the research team listed on each study or trial. For other information about research at Providence Health Care, please visit Providence Research.

Medical & professional referrals

BIC accepts referrals from the following areas:

  • St. Paul's Hospital's (SPH) inpatient psychiatry unit 
  • Psychiatry consult liaison
  • St. Paul's Hospital emergency department
  • Mount Saint Joseph's emergency department 

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