The Day Treatment School Program provides an educational setting combined with therapy that helps young people to deal with a variety of problems and helps them to return to the school system or enter the work force. Youth eligible for Day Treatment are between 12 to 18 years old and are not able to succeed in a community school.
The student’s schedule includes three academic periods and one period of therapy, including Adolescent Life Skills and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The focus on therapy allows youth to explore personal areas of strength and focus on development skills 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 East Metro Child and Youth Worker and a TDSB teacher. An Individual and Family Therapist is also assigned to the young person and their family to help navigate day treatment services and provide ongoing counselling
In general, youth that are referred to the program have at least one of the below diagnoses:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Major Depression
- Conduct Disorder
- Learning Disability
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Personality Disorder.
In addition, many of these youths have difficulties with peers, authority figures, family members and/or involvement with youth criminal justice system. The average length of treatment is one year, with three to six 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.
East Metro’s 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.
We have five Day Treatment Programs:
- Highschool – two programs at Cedarbrae Collegiate & one program at Winston Churchill Collegiate)
- Elementary – Grades 7 and 8 at Charles Gordon public school
We also offer a Youth Justice Day Treatment Program. This is a high school program for young people up to 21 years old that are involved with the Youth Justice System. This is done in partnership with Springboard. We serve youth from around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). To access this service, you must be referred by probation through Springboard.
On average students remain in our program for a year. Some stay for one semester and others can stay for longer. The program is individualized, and length of stay is discussed / agreed upon with the client / family and treatment team.
Students entering the program need to have an expressed mental health concern and be open and committed to engaging in counselling.
Our program is not ideal for youth who present with intellectual disabilities given the intensive cognitive based therapy modality.