Group Name: Central Toronto Youth Services- PATTS

Description: Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. We believe in building the strength and resiliency of young people in ways that are engaging, respectful and empowering.

This program was developed to focus on youth learning appropriate expression of their emotions since a growing body of research is indicating that many aggressive youth are actually depressed and have trauma histories. The PATTS program adopts the perspective that many aggressive youth have exceptional leadership qualities that need to be redirected into more socially acceptable behavior. PATTS groups are designed to encourage peer support and reinforcement of positive behaviors. Learning is encouraged through brainstorming sessions, activities and role plays.

PATTS (Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations) is a 10-week counselling and peer support group for young men ages 14-17 who need help managing their anger and want to learn how to build healthy relationships. Food & TTC tokens are provided.

When: Now accepting referrals. Stay tuned to website for dates once there are enough participants.

Where: 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON, M4Y 1G7

Contact: Jessica 416-924-2100 Ext. 245 | Jessica.arruda@ctys.org | www.ctys.org

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