Service Overview

Service Goals

  • To provide a residential service that respects the rights of each individual child and his/her family, honours their strengths and strives to meet their emotional, spiritual, physical, intellectual, environmental and cultural needs.
  • To restore the child’s sense of safety and trust in adult caregivers through consistency and a predictable environment.
  • To help stabilize the child’s behaviour though improved neurological functioning stimulated by trauma informed interventions.
  • To assess the child’s functional ability through planning, identifying and addressing areas for growth.
  • To assist the child and caregivers to gain insight into his/her trauma triggers and work towards learning new behaviours and coping skills.
  • To identify and build upon the child’s (and family’s when appropriate) strengths and abilities in a positive manner.
  • To enhance the child’s self concept.
  • To improve the child’s ability to interact positively with others and form healthy relationships.
  • To ensure each child has a meaningful educational placement.
  • To support the permanency plan for each child.
  • To provide aftercare through informal support to the child and his/her family as programming responsibilities permit.

Service Activities
Services provided include:

  • A warm, nurturing, and safe environment.
  • Trained professional youth care team with a high level of affect management skills, trauma assessment skills, attunement skills, non violent crisis intervention skills, as well highly developed verbal intervention skills.
  • Case management in consultation and tandem with the agency social worker.
  • Development of an individual treatment plan including clearly defined and measurable goals which are assessed quarterly.
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly reports detailing the child’s activities and progress.
  • Clinical support and guidance in the development of treatment goals, crisis prevention planning and intervention strategies for each child.
  • Clinical direction and support to the youth care team to assist them in developing therapeutic in the moment interventions.
  • Groups on modulation, skills streaming, moral reasoning, anger reduction, and life skills.
  • Experiential recreation programming based on HIGH FIVE® Principles including the use of community based resources.
  • Making and attending dental, medical, and therapist appointments.
  • Support for children to engage in summer camping programs.
  • Consultation with Community Mental Health when more intensive therapeutic intervention is required.
  • Daily educational support and liaison with community schools.
  • Intensive day programming for non school hours and for children who are in transition into community school placement.
  • Family support and consultation regarding behavioural interventions.
  • Nutritionist approved meal planning.
  • Administrating and monitoring medication regimes as prescribed by medical professionals.

Service Outcomes and Indicators

  • Increased knowledge of the traumatic responses presented by each child.
  • Increased awareness of supportive interventions that reduce traumatic stress responses.
  • Improved coping behaviour in the home and community setting.
  • Increased sense of safety evidenced by developmentally appropriate attachment indicators.
  • Improved ability to develop positive relationships.
  • Increased capacity for reciprocal play.
  • Increased capacity for collaborative problem solving.
  • Increased ability to integrate thinking, feeling, and doing.
  • Increased ability to regulate emotions.
  • Decrease in frequency of fight, flight, and freeze response.
  • Improved relationship with family members.
  • Regular school attendance.
  • Improved academic competency and social behaviour in the school setting.