Adolescent Day Program

The Adolescent Day Program provides mental health treatment and academic support to 12 to 14 adolescents aged 12 through 18 who are unable to attend a community school because of emotional, psychological and/or behavioural problems.


The goal of this program is to help the adolescent and his/her family to move on in more positive ways and to enable the adolescent to return to the community school system. This is achieved by strengthening existing abilities and developing new skills in the areas of interpersonal relationships, problem-solving, conflict management, organization, task management, and family function.


The involvement of the family is an integral part of the work done in the program. Together the teen and his/her family discover their ability to achieve self-established goals. This discovery promotes the growth that marks their readiness for “completion” of the program.


The program team includes two teachers, three counsellors, one psychologist, and a child psychiatrist. Together they create a low-stress therapeutic milieu characterized by consistency, predictability, and sensitivity to individual needs and differences. In this environment the adolescent and family can experience competence and success.


Hours of Operation

The program operates during the school year, from September to June. The weekly schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm with Multiple Family Therapy (MFT) group from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm


Principles of Practice

We believe that:

  • Adolescents are more ready for therapy when they are in a safe environment in which they are respected, appreciated and encouraged to achieve their potential.
  • All patient information and communication is confidential. Information is handled according to standards established in professional codes of ethics and provincial legislation.
  • Every adolescent has a unique cultural, ethnic and spiritual background which must be understood and respected in the treatment process.
  • The best way to achieve excellence in our work is through a holistic consideration of the adolescent by the multidisciplinary team.
  • Family support for, and involvement in, therapy is key to the adolescent’s success. Every adolescent has the right to have his/her family members involved in their care and the family receives appropriate support and education.
  • Parents are the experts of their adolescent’s experience.
  • Working partnerships with other community supports and services (e.g., schools) are an essential part of effective community mental health.


Expected Outcomes

Adolescents and their families will:

  • Demonstrate greater understanding of their present situation and past behaviour patterns.
  • Report adaptive methods of functioning individually, within the family and within the wider social context by trying to do things differently.
  • Report improved sense of self, self-worth and self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate improvements in interpersonal/family relationships.
  • Report successful re-integration into an appropriate community or alternative school placement.


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