"Providing services for the care and treatment of children and their families."

Treatment Approach

We believe that each child is an individual possessing positive strengths and interests. By focusing on these strengths and interests and by helping the child recognize and enhance their qualities, we establish a stable, solid base to deal effectively with the child. Our dedication to building on the child’s strengths and interests and enhancing their self-esteem to create change is what makes us different than other organizations. We are innovative and creative in our approach in dealing with youths and we remain strongly committed to helping them as they learn to help themselves.

The qualities of this approach are embedded in our assessment procedures, our counselling, our training and employment of our staff.

Through features implemented throughout our service models, such as providing a safe, nurturing, supportive environment, the child is more responsive to:

  • The case plan for their care and their family’s involvement.
  • The individual plan of care.  Each youth has an individual treatment plan based on his or her individual strengths and needs. Plan of care outcomes are based on his or her own cognitive, emotional, developmental abilities (among other attributes) in order to make the outcomes more attainable for the youth, which in turn enhances his or her individual self-esteem, confidence and overall success.
  • The day to day planning for the child, which helps guide them towards the successful attainment of their goals
  • The on-site therapist who provides therapeutic support to the youth (and their families, when applicable). The therapist also works with the staff team and provides support and training regarding individual treatment plans.

We believe it is imperative that the child (and family where appropriate), feel accepted as part of the resolution process to affect change with the child (and their family, where appropriate). In doing so, we can achieve the overall objectives of the resident's program goals, which are to:

  • Develop strengths and build interests to enhance and stabilize self-esteem as a tool for the child to deal more effectively and productively with their issues and concerns.
  • Change behavior to ensure success of goals and more appropriate and positive outcomes.
  • Reintegrate the child back into their family or origin or community setting with changes resulting in improved functioning.

Our treatment approach includes a nutrition component. It is designed to meet the nutritional needs of all residents and staff. Designed by a professional nutritionist, the nutrition component focuses on a holistic approach that includes foods that are conducive to exercise and overall good mental, emotional and physical health. Our goal is to teach the importance of proper nutrition in a positive manner.

We recognize and accommodate, whenever possible, specific food biases based on religion, ethnicity or special diet choices (e.g., vegetarian).

Our treatment approach includes a recreation component.  This component is designed to provide the youth with physical activity and to assist them in developing or enhancing their social skills (i.e. making friends, playing on a team etc). Each program has a posted recreation schedule outlining the various activities the youth can participate in each day during each month (such as swimming, skating, bowling, basketball, etc). The youth have the opportunity to be involved in setting up each month’s activities and are encouraged to try new things. Staff participate in the recreational activities with the youth in an effort to teach them new skills, provide an appropriate role model and to help nurture healthy relationships.