Thanks to our funders, service partners & staff
PCC has been very fortunate to receive new funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services as part of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. This funding is building capacity in key programs while also supporting new collaborative programs with other community-based agencies and the school system.
New Ministry-funded programs include Tangerine Walk-In Counselling, which opened in March in partnership with Associated Youth Services of Peel (AYSP) and Rapport Youth & Family Services (Rapport). PCC also launched School-Based Services for the Region of Peel in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Peel District School Board. School-Based Services are also being offered in French across Central West Region at both the Conseil scolaire Viamonde and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. PCC has also been asked to assume a lead role in providing French Language Services for the Region of Peel and Halton Region.
As well, the Region of Peel has provided additional new funding to expand PCC’s Preschool Services.
PCC is thankful for this new funding, which is enabling us to serve 950 more children, youth and/or their families each year. We are also grateful for our partners’ collaboration in developing these new services for the Peel community.
Update on New Services
- Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is operating on Tuesdays at AYSP, Wednesdays at PCC, and Thursdays at Rapport. This service uses an evidence-informed model of walk-in family therapy, with visits lasting about two hours. In the first hour the child, youth and/or parent talks with the Counsellor about what is important to them. Then the Counsellor consults with colleagues who have either watched the consultation or who are available to provide another viewpoint. The Counsellor then provides the client with both verbal and written feedback. For more information, visit www.tangerinewalkin.com.
- In partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Peel District School Board, PCC is providing School-Based Services in selected schools. While these services are still evolving, the new program has begun with educational groups using an evidence-based model called the Community Parent Education Program (COPE), which is designed to meet the needs of families seeking assistance to develop more effective parenting skills for children 7–11 years old. We ran pilots in a small number of schools in the spring, increasing the reach of the program this past fall.
- PCC has also received new funding for school-based French Language Services. We are collaborating with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud and the Conseil scolaire Viamonde to determine how best to support students in their boards who are experiencing mental health challenges. Initially, the boards have decided to focus on the needs of their secondary students. At École secondaire catholique Sainte-Famille, our services will include an anxiety group for students in grades 7 and 8 modeled after Friends for Life, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model delivered in French. We will also provide a psychoeducational bullying program, support non-attending students who are transitioning back to school, and offer concurrent disorders support to students with mental health and addiction challenges. At École Jeunes sans frontières, our services will include walk-in counselling, psychoeducational workshops for parents and students on a range of subjects, and a group for students experiencing significant anxiety.
Our Commitment to Clinical Excellence
- The Region of Peel has increased funding for PCC’s Preschool Services. Two additional Preschool Consultants will work in the community and with our preschool families to help reduce waitlists and provide early intervention/prevention services to this population.
PCC has found many ways to provide Lifelong Learning and Continuous Quality Improvement opportunities at our agency. We are pleased to highlight some recent activities. We also thank all our staff for their dedication to
providing high quality, clinically effective services for the children,
youth and families who count on us.
: PCC and our sister agency, Nexus Youth Services, are providing internships this academic year for 18 students from Social Work, Child and Youth Worker, and clinical research programs. This year’s interns hail from the University of Toronto, University of Windsor, Ryerson University, and George Brown, Humber and Sheridan Colleges.
Reflections on Practice
: PCC’s Clinical Training and Development staff have organized a highly successful series of Reflections on Practice in which clinical staff share and learn from each other’s experiences. This fall’s Reflections included:
- “Navigating the Challenges of Utilizing Interpreters, the Role of Cultural Assumptions, and Exploring Potential Trauma within a Brief Framework
- "Managing Firsts: A Beginning Clinician’s Reflections”
- “Clinical Engagement with Immigrant Families Receiving Child Protection Services: A Look at the Possibilities and Barriers”
- “Diary of a Resilient Kid: What a Multidisciplinary Team Learned in Working with a Vulnerable Client”
To support International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day in September, PCC hosted the second annual BreakFASD and invited a panel of experts to help clinicians better understand the challenges of living with FASD.
The theme of the event was “Through the Eyes of a Child…Through the
Stages of Life.” More than 60 people attended to learn about the signs
and symptoms of FASD during various developmental stages. Attendees also
discussed available resources related to treatment, assessment and
family supports. The discussions revealed that early intervention and
best practices continue to be highly dependent on funding availability
and knowledge about the facts related to FASD.
PCC’s FASD Awareness Committee was honoured to host the event, which stimulated minds and energized people to consider their role in supporting individuals affected by FASD. People expressed a commitment to learning more about FASD, supporting prevention and education, and creating safe/supportive environments for people touched by FASD.
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