Yorktown Child and Family Centre offers a full continuum of mental health treatment services for children from birth to eighteen years of age and their families or caregivers. Professionally qualified mental health staff work within a multi-disciplinary framework to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to child, youth and family needs. The length of counselling depends on needs and what the child, youth or family want to accomplish as a result of counselling. All situations are unique and services are individualized to the specific situation.
How to obtain Counselling Services - Intake and Service Coordination:Contact the intake worker to request counselling services. Your call will be returned within two business days. The intake worker will discuss your concerns, needs and the services available. A more complete telephone interview,called BCFPI, will be done once you decide to pursue service with us. After you have completed the intake process, a worker will be assigned and will offer you a face-to-face meeting, usually within two weeks. The worker will discuss service options with you and a preliminary plan for appropriate services. There is usually a wait time for counselling/treatment services and while you wait, the worker will act as your service coordinator and will be your connection to the Centre.Should Yorktown not be the Centre for you, the Intake Worker will offer to make the connection to the most suitable Centre for you.
Individual and Family Therapy:Counselling services are offered to children, youth and families with a wide range of emotional and behavioural concerns. For the first few sessions, an assessment process occurs in partnership with children, youth and families. This process examines the strengths, weaknesses and needs of children or youth, and results in agreed upon treatment goals for counselling. The length of time that a child/youth/family participates in counselling depends on the plan resulting from the assessment, and the goals are reviewed regularly. Throughout the treatment process, work is collaborative with the family and with any other service providers that may be involved.
Early Childhood Mental Health Services:Providing mental health services to children (0 to 6 Years) and their families in accessible locations in the home, school and the community. Services include assessment, play therapy, group, family counselling, and/or focused interventions to strengthen parent-child interactions.
Brief Counselling:Sometimes a few sessions of counselling will address some concerns. When appropriate, brief counselling is an option. It may be offered if you are not involved with another service provider and you are able to attend up to three or four sessions preferably during daytime hours. Ask the intake worker for further information if you are interested in this option.
Group Counselling:Yorktown offers a number of group counselling programs. Please check with the intake worker regarding their availability.
Child Welfare Priority Programs:Yorktown offers specialized programs for youth up to 16 years that are involved with / or at risk for involvement in Child Welfare Services (West quadrant).YAP (Yorktown Adolescent Program) accepts referrals from the Catholic Children's Aid Society, and offers immediate short term counselling focused on resolving family conflict in order to allow youth to stay at home or return home from an in-care situation. Wraparound is a specialized program that accepts referrals from child welfare agencies. Keeping Families Together is a program similar to YAP and offering short term counseling to youth involved with all child welfare agencies.
Walk In Counselling ServicesThis unique service is available to children, youth and their families in Toronto. Walk-in Counselling sessions are available at Yorktown Child and Family Centre Monday & Thursday from 2pm - 6pm, Tuesday & Friday from 10am -2pm and Wednesday evenings from 4pm - 8 p.m. with no appointment and no fee required. Please be here ONE hour prior to the end of walk in hours.
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