Treatment Philosophy

  1. Children/youth should be provided with opportunities to experience a home, educational and community environment that promotes the development of self-acceptance, age-appropriate independence and satisfaction in relationships.
  2. Children/youth are resilient and have the ability to use a nurturing, stimulating, predictable and safe environment to overcome adversity.
  3. Children, youth and their families need to develop coping skills that lead to appropriate functional behaviours in society.
  4. Where there is a confirmed or suspected medical or psychiatric condition, it must be viewed as part of the system influencing the child’s development.
  5. Families are able to adapt and alter patterns of communication and/or behaviours in order to meet the needs of family members.
  6. Treatment must be provided in the least intrusive, most enabling manner.
  7. Treatment methodologies must be based on an individualized plan, which is regularly revised as part of a continuous planning process.
  8. Treatment, to be effective, must be planned, individualized and implemented by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and provided in a normalized setting.
  9. Treatment, to be effective, must include the input from the child, youth and family.