Our School-Based Services offer a continuum of brief, high quality, accessible and strength-based children’s mental health services delivered in partnership with schools and their boards. These services help with the early identification and treatment of mental health needs of school-aged children, youth and their families, with an overall goal of helping children/youth achieve their potential in school, home and the community.
Who is eligible for our services?
Clients who are eligible for School-Based Services include a child/youth:
- who resides in the Region of Peel registered with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board or the Peel District School Board;
- who resides in Central-West Region registered with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud or the Conseil scolaire Viamonde; and
- who can benefit from brief and/or targeted treatment modalities.
What do we do?
The continuum of school-based services includes:
Brief Group Services
Brief Group Services address concerns such as challenging behaviour, concurrent disorders, bullying, anxiety and depression. Groups range in size and offer 3 - 12 sessions depending on the nature of the group. All groups are evidence-based or evidence-informed, providing information and resources on specific topics. A Clinician provides information and facilitates the group discussion and problem-solving. Parent and child groups may be co-facilitated with school personnel.
Brief Intensive Intervention Program
The Brief Intensive Intervention Program provides brief in-home service for children and youth experiencing multiple, significant stressors that are impacting their ability to succeed in their school environment. Using a family-centred approach, the service varies the assessment and treatment to meet client needs. The service model is based in evidence-informed approaches that include Single Session Therapy, in-home treatment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Students and their families are offered up to 8 sessions of service provided within a maximum of 10 weeks.
Alternatives to Day Treatment
Alternatives to Day Treatment provides intensive service to children/youth who require support, but whose parents/caregivers are not initially ready to engage in more active service. These students have experienced significant modification of school programming/services (e.g. behavioural programming, Child and Youth Worker/School Social Work/Psychology/Speech and Language involvement). The combined family, school and treatment goal is to maintain the child/youth in his/her present school placement. Each child/youth has an individualized treatment plan that is developed after a meeting of PCC’s Clinician with the child, parent (if appropriate), and school personnel. The specific, strength-focused interventions to be used, and the staff (either Peel Children’s Centre or School Board) involved in implementing them, are negotiated on an individual basis. The treatment plan may include both school-based and community-based support/treatment interventions.
How can you access these services?
Access to School-Based Services is by direct referral from the school boards.