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Parent and Family Engagement


My Place

My Place is a free and confidential mental health and addictions treatment program for parents who are struggling with substance misuse and gambling issues. The program supports participants to make steps towards making healthier life-style decisions and explore the issues around substance use in a peer-supported, compassionate and respectful group setting. My Place consists of eight sessions held three times per year.

My Place is available at three locations across East Toronto: East Metro Youth Services (Central), Malvern Youth and Community Employment Program (North) and West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre (South).

My Place is a collaboration between East Metro Youth Services and West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre.

My Place is funded by Scarborough Addiction Services Partnership (SASP).

Our House Your House

Our House Your House is a family skills training program modeled on the Strengthening Families program (SFP), an evidence-based clinical intervention that was found highly effective in improving family relations and reducing risk factors in children and youth.

Our House Your House engages families and youth (aged 12-17) living in designated community housing in Scarborough who are at moderate to high risk of criminal involvement. The 14-week group program includes three core components which are each an hour in duration:  youth class, parent class and family practice class. It also includes limited individual and family counseling/ case management for the participants.

Referrals will be accepted through partner organisations, including TCHC (Toronto Community Housing Corporation), Caring & Safe Schools program and Toronto Police Service.

Five communities in the GTA have been identified for Our House Your House project implementation; Flemingdon Park (Ward 26), Warden Woods (Ward 35),  Empringham Mews (Ward 42), Kingston and Galloway (Ward 43) and Gilder (Ward 37).

Our House Your House is funded by National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) and is expected to begin in January 2015.