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Teens & Tweens Series 

Teens and Tweens Podcasts

Listen to interviews with experts in adolescent mental health and addictions hosted by adolescent and family therapist Avrum Nadigel.

9 Substance-Induced Psychosis

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Avrum Nadigal speaks with Dr. Kwame McKenzie and Donna Alexander about cannabis use and the risk of substance-induced psychosis. Dr. McKenzie is a Senior Scientist within CAMH’s Social Equity and Health Research section and the Deputy Director of Continuing & Community Care in the Schizophrenia Program. Donna Alexander is a therapist with the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) program.

Duration: 17:00

8 Eating disorders

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If you are looking for more information about eating disorders, you may find the following sources useful:

  • The National Eating Disorder Information Centre website has a section called “Know the Facts.” Topics include food and weight preoccupation; body image and self-esteem; social, cultural and biological influences; treatment, care, support and recovery; and prevention and health promotion.
  • B.C.’s Here to Help website has a fact sheet about eating disorders. Topics include: What is it? Who does it affect? Could I have an eating disorder? What can I do about it? Where do I go from here?

Duration: 11:12

7 Cyber risk

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If you are looking for more information about cyber risks for children and youth, you may find the following source useful:

  • The website Be Web Aware promotes Internet safety for children and youth. It gives parents tips to help their children, aged two to 17, make safe decisions online. Content is available in English and French.

Duration: 9:16

6 Mother and daughter relationships 

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Dr. Heather Weir is a psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and psychoanalyst in private practice. 

Thanks to Dr. Heather Weir, Lily Gambin & the students at Branksome Hall

Duration: 19:12

5 A multigenerational approach to understanding teens 

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Teens’ relationships with parents and other family members, such as grandparents, are important. Families have a tremendous impact on teens: they are guides and role models. They want to keep their children safe—and they provide a safe place for teens to come back to as they work toward independence.

You may find the following sources useful as you navigate new roles and new rules with teens.

Duration: 10:40

4 Exploring the phenomenon of Internet addiction 


Dr. Ballon is a consultant psychiatrist for the Youth Addiction Services and head of the Adolescent Clinical and Educational Services (ACES) program at CAMH. Dr. Joanna Henderson is a psychologist and researcher at CAMH. 

More information is available on the ACES program: (416) 535-8501, ext. 1730. 


Duration: 12:24

3 A family reflects on their struggles with adolescent substance misuse

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If you are looking for more information about teen substance use, you may find the following sources useful:

  • The CAMH web page “Ten Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Substance Use” offers advice to parents wondering when and how to talk to a child about substance use.
  • B.C.’s Here to Help website has a fact sheet about youth and drug use. It discusses the reasons why youth use alcohol and other drugs, the relationship between teen substance use and mental health problems, ways to prevent teens from developing a substance use problem, and what to do if teens have a problem with alcohol or other drugs. This fact sheet is available in 12 languages.
  • My Kid on Drugs: What Can I Do?,” a CAMH web page, lists signs that may indicate that a young person has a problem with drugs, and suggests how parents can talk with their children and get help.

Duration: 7:10

2 Adolescence from a psychoanalytic perspective

Dr. Rex Kay is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Staff Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

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Duration: 13:40

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Duration: 10:36

1 Responds to students' thoughts about smoking

If you are looking for more information about smoking and quitting smoking, you may find the following source useful:

  • Health Canada’s Quit 4 Life website is designed to help young people who want to quit smoking.

Part 1 
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Duration: 19:20

Part 2 
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Duration: 13:08

About host Avrum Nadigal

Avrum Nadigel has been an adolescent and family therapist for over 15 years in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. Currently he is in private practice in Toronto, Ontario. Avrum's degrees include a Masters of Social Work from McGill University, a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Concordia University and a certificate in New Media technologies from Demers College. 

Feedback on the new podcasts

  • "I listened to the first podcast – so interesting. Your questions were terrific; Dr. Kay’s responses were informative and instructive and presented in a manner that was easy to understand. I think will be well received. I will certainly pass this site on to clients who may be appropriate."
    Judy Winberg, M.Ed., Educational Consultant, Options in Education,
  • "Can't wait to hear the one on moms and daughters!!!  I know just the client to tell about it!!! Great start!"
    Allison Hughes, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Clinician / Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex
  • "I've found the podcasts very interesting and will be providing the site information to some of my parents."  
    Lise M. Preston, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, Yesterdays, Todays & Tomorrows... Psychosocial Support Services
  • "Bravo on your excellent work. I hope you will send us the ones coming in future that were mentioned on the site. Thank you." 
    Lorie Payne
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