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Day Treatment

 

Day Treatment

 

The Day Treatment School Program provides an education setting combined with therapy that enables adolescents to deal with a variety of problems and helps them to return to the school system or enter the work force.  Youth considered for Day Treatment are between the ages of 12-18 and are not able to maintain themselves successfully in a community school.  The daily programming includes three academic periods and one treatment period, with groups on Adolescent Life Skills and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).  The treatment period allows the youth to explore personal areas of strength and focus on skill development in the areas of: mood regulation, anger management, communication skills, relationship building, self-esteem/self-awareness, responsibility, stress management, substance use, and problem solving.  Youth take part in planning their own program and future goals.  Each classroom is staffed by an EMYS CYW and a TDSB teacher.  An Individual and Family Therapist provides individual and family therapy and case management for youth and their families.

 

In general, the youth that are referred to the program have externalizing or internalizing difficulties. Most of these youths have one or more diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, Conduct Disorder, a Learning Disability, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Personality Disorder. In addition, many of these youths have relationship difficulties with peers, authority figures and family members and / or involvement with youth criminal justice system.

 

The treatment includes an individualized, flexible treatment and academic program to achieve their individual goals. The components are individual and family therapy with the program therapist, groups on adolescent life skills, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skill development, primary sessions with the child and youth worker, 6 months of follow-up to ensure a successful transition to mainstream or alternative program as well as consultation with agency psychologist and consulting psychiatrist on a regular basis.  The average length of stay is 1 year.

 

The Day Treatment Program operates in cooperation with the Toronto District School Board and is open to youth residing in Scarborough, from all Toronto School Boards.  EMYS has 4 Day Treatment Programs- 3 high school programs (2 programs at Cedarbrae Collegiate & 1 program at Winston Churchill Collegiate) and 1 elementary program at Charles Gordon public school (grade 7 & 8 program).  One other program is run in collaboration with Springboard Youth Services at Springboard office serving youth who are involved in the justice system.