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WHO WE ARE

The York Centre for Children, Youth & Families offers help and hope, not only to the child, but also to the family. We know that together, we can make a very real difference for the child and family by teaching strategies and skills to enable everyone to better cope with, and overcome their challenges.

The York Centre is a Children’s Mental Health Agency. Our MISSION is to meet the mental health needs of children, youth and families through the provision of a range of preventative, therapeutic and educational interventions developed in partnership with families and community services.

We provide a multidisciplinary approach with a team of specialized professionals to ease the difficulties each child and family is experiencing. As each child’s needs are unique, an individualized treatment plan is designed for the child to build on current strengths and create the best opportunity for success.

There are no fees for the services of The York Centre. School bus transportation throughout York Region is also provided.

WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE?

Mental health issues can be the result of genetic or environmental factors or a combination of both. Early assessment and treatment are important for ensuring the best possible outcomes. Some common issues that children and youth experience are:

- Anxiety
- Depression
- Conduct Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

These issues are often expressed through:
- Frequent outbursts of frustration / rage
- Excessive fears
- Shyness, withdrawal, depression
- Poor impulse control / reckless behaviour
- Drug / alcohol / substance abuse
- Excessive rebellion
- Destructive or aggressive behaviour
- Obsession with weight
- Obsessive behaviours (rituals)
- Self-harm (cutting, suicide attempts)

These social, emotional, behavioural, or mental health issues affect one child in five in Ontario, and frequently interfere with learning, impede social skills development and cause tension or turmoil in families.

WHAT WE DO

Day Treatment: The York Centre’s main focus is on intensive, individualized treatment and academic programming for children and youth whose complex mental health problems cannot be addressed within the school system. The goal of Day Treatment is to assist children and youth to cope with and overcome their challenges, thus enabling them to be successfully reintegrated into the school system and to experience positive social relationships.

Intensive Intervention Services: for children and their families requiring additional support in the home, community, or school.

Groups, Workshops and Seminars: for schools, community groups and parents on such issues as anger management, anti-bullying strategies, managing anxiety, impulse control, and positive parenting.

“Zero to 6” Program: focusing on the development of positive parenting, communication and problem-solving skills to address identified or potential emotional and behavioural problems in preschool-aged children. Services are also offered in the child’s day care or kindergarten setting if required, as well as in the home.

If you wish to interview someone from the Centre please contact
Dean Rokos, Executive Director.

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