Family and Child Treatment

Children and their families come to the Phoenix Centre for so many different reasons. Reflecting the needs of our community we've developed a variety of different treatment services to meet each child’s unique needs, including:

  • Community Based Services
  • Early Years
  • Attachment Services
  • Intensive Services
  • Trauma Services

The following therapeutic services are provided respecting our clients’ needs, values, culture and privacy. These services are available at a number of satellite offices.

Community Based Services

Referrals are accepted from the community for children ages 0 to 18 and their families. A range of outpatient services is also offered, including individual, family and group counseling and/or treatment.

These services utilize a multi-component, family strength-based model providing a range of options for youth and their families.

Early Years

The purpose of this program is to serve children under 6 years of age and their families who are experiencing mental health issues/concerns. The Early Years service offers a range of programs, including: therapy sessions, in-home support, play therapy workshops, and parent/children's groups. Services will be provided within a collaborative, solution focused, cross-sectoral approach. They often involve existing programs such as Healthy Babies, Healthy Children and new initiatives such as Ontario’s Early Years Centres.

Early Years may be suitable for your family, if your child:

  • is having difficulty playing with other children at home, school, or in the community
  • is having difficulty with a recent change or loss (i.e. separation, divorce, death)
  • is having difficulty in other settings, such as at daycare or in the classroom
  • does not respond appropriately to rules in the home.

Attachment Services

“Attachment” is the deep emotional tie or connection that an infant forms with a primary caregiver. It is determined by the responsiveness of the caregiver. Parents with children between the ages of 0 to 8 years are welcome to call the Phoenix Centre directly for a referral to Attachment Services. Referrals may also come from doctors, schools, and/or other community agencies.

Intensive Services

This is an intensive, home-based program that supports parents as they learn to use positive parenting strategies that promote healthy family relationships. Parents work together with a child and family therapist and child and youth counsellor to identify therapeutic goals that best meet their family’s needs.

Trauma Services

Referrals are accepted through our intake process  for children who are experiencing issues related to a trauma, such as: witnessing abuse or a traumatic event like physical, sexual and emotional abuse, or death. A specialized assessment is completed and an individualized treatment program is developed.

Possible indicators of trauma include:

  • Decline in school performance
  • Withdrawal, appears depressed
  • Hyperactive
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting, other regression
  • Change in appetite
  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive guilt or shame
  • Pessimistic about the future
  • Repetitive play themes
  • Sexual knowledge beyond age
  • Problems with peer relationships
  • Sexually acting out
  • Phobias/fears, anxiety

Many children who have been traumatized may exhibit several of these symptoms or none at all. Not all children who display these symptoms have been traumatized.

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