Day Treatment Services

Day Treatment Services are offered to children and youth whose complex mental health needs cannot be addressed by the regular school system. The program is designed to meet the needs of children/youth and their families experiencing a variety of social, emotional, behavioural, and academic difficulties. These difficulties often include problems such as:

  • anger management
  • oppositional/defiant behaviour
  • conduct disorder
  • attention difficulties
  • conflict with the law
  • anxiety
  • psychiatric difficulties
  • family conflict
  • learning disabilities
  • school refusal/avoidance

Referrals must be made directly by parents, caregivers, or the child/youth’s legal guardian.

The York Centre offers treatment services designed to assist these children/youth to cope more effectively at school, home, and in the community. Children/youth admitted to the day treatment program attend each day Monday through Friday, for the entire day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (except on Wednesdays when the day ends at noon). The program mirrors the academic school year in that it begins in September and ends in June of each year.

Though academic programming is one element of the program, the York Centre's Day Treatment Service is not a school program. Rather, the service is a treatment program designed to therapeutically assist children/youth and their families in addressing the issues which led to their being referred to the program. As such, the goals for children/youth in the program typically include their being able to effectively reintegrate into the regular school system, function successfully at home, and cope effectively in the community.

Though school-related difficulties are typically what lead to the referral of a child/youth to Day Treatment Services, children/youth in the program are generally experiencing social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties at home and in the community as well. Thus, the active involvement of the child/youth's parent(s) in treatment is crucial to successful treatment outcomes. As such, all families in the program work with a Family/Social Worker to assist them in addressing problems the child/youth may be experiencing at home and/or in the community. The nature and specifics of issues discussed will vary from family to family but it is a requirement of the program that families be actively involved in treatment.

Children/youth typically remain in the Day Treatment program for an average of one year although this may vary depending on the needs of the child/youth. Planning for successful reintegration into the regular school system begins at the time that the child/youth is admitted to the program.

The Day Treatment Program is divided into two separate groups: the Children's Program and the Youth Program. The Children's Program serves 32 children ranging in age from 5 through 13 years. The children are divided by age into 4 groups. Each group has a Teacher and a Child and Youth Worker.

The Youth Program serves 24 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 years. The youth are divided into 4 groups with a Teacher and a Child and Youth Worker assigned to each group.

 

The specific components of the Day Treatment program are as follows:

Academic Programming

Individual Counselling

Group Services (Children/Youth)

Group Services (Parents)

Family/Social Work Services

Intensive Services

Consultant Services

Summer Day Treatment Program