All posts in “behavioural”

Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Mental Health Services

Group Name: Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Mental Health Services

Description: Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) is a vision of the late Elder, Joe Sylvester. Initial efforts began with a diabetes research project, which realized that a more comprehensive approach to health care was needed by the Aboriginal community. As a fully accredited community health centre, AHT offers access to health care practitioners from many disciplines including Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People. Ancient ceremonies and traditions, intrinsic to our health care model are available.

Our service model integrates Traditional and Western approaches to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues across the life cycle. Our multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals goes beyond treating symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of trauma (i.e. the residual effects of colonialism and the Residential School System). Our services are for all people with concerns about their emotional, psychological, behavioural and/or cognitive health. Priority groups for this program include seniors, people who are homeless, people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), people experiencing a mental health crisis, and people with concerns about their substance use or problem gambling. ** Adult Anger Management Class held weekly and registration is required.

Where: 179 Gerrard Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2E5

When: December 17th, 2014 and resuming on January 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. every Wednesday for the Adult Anger Management classes. Please call main line for information on the Mental Health Services provided.

Contact: Nicole Penak or Faith Chaput 416-920-2605 (Anger Management) | 416-891-8606 (24/7 Crisis) | 416-360-0486 (Main) |

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – SNAP Program

Group Name: Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) for Parents and Children

Description: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community.

SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) for Parents and Children
This 12-week program to help children and their caregivers learn self-control and problem solving skills using SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) within the framework of the medicine wheel and traditional Native teachings. (Concurrent separate groups are held for parents/caregivers and children.)

A telephone interview will be conducted with parents/caregivers prior to acceptance into the group. The SNAP Program is used under license from and adapted with permission from Child Development Institute.

For Parents/Caregivers:
Parents will be taught effective parenting skills to assist them in raising children with challenging behavioural problems. They will also learn about the self-control and problem solving skills being taught to their children.

For Children Aged 7 to 12:
The children’s program uses a cognitive behaviour approach that helps children control compulsive behaviour, think about the consequences of their behaviour, and develop appropriate social skills.

Where: 30 College Street | Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-969-8510 | |

Applegrove Community Complex – Over the Rainbow Therapeutic Play

Group Name: Applegrove Community Complex – Over the Rainbow Therapeutic Play

Description: Applegrove Community Complex is a multi-service community organization in southeast Riverdale in Toronto. Our catchment area runs from Jones to Woodbine Avenues and from Lake Ontario north to the Railway tracks. Services cover the age range with programs for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors.

Over The Rainbow is a therapeutic play group for young children who are experiencing behavioural and/or emotional difficulties in their interactions with other children or their parents. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions for children and parents. Children use music, art, drama and story-telling to explore feelings, experiences and behaviours, while parents discuss concerns in a supportive group environment.

All children can have difficulties adjusting their emotional states to different life situations and as a result may be moody or have trouble listening, waiting, and/or making changes in routine. There can also be difficult social times when children learn to play and interact with other children. However, this group is designed for children who are having more difficulty than others and whose parents worry about the children’s social and emotional health.

Where: 60 Woodfield Road | Toronto, ON M4L 2W6

When: Call for more details.

Contact: Michelle Baer 416-459-4769 | |

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – SNAP Program

Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – SNAP: Stop Now and Plan

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

The SNAP: Stop Now and Plan Program is:

  • For children who are experiencing significant difficulties at home, school, in the community and with peers
  • For children who are engaging in antisocial behaviours (e.g. theft, vandalism, bullying) and have had contact or are at risk of having contact with police due to their behaviour
  • Parents and children will learn how to deal effectively with their anger and come up with a positive plan of action; a plan that makes their problems smaller, not bigger
  • Parents will also learn different strategies to help manage their child’s behaviour at home

  • Group for parents and children run at the same time. Includes a light supper and childcare for those children not in the group. Who should come: Parents and children. ***All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

    Where: 27 Madison Ave. | Toronto, ON M6R 2S2

    When: Call for dates.

    Contact: Tanoon 416-240-1111 Ext. 2238 | |

Centre francophone – Youth Gateway Program

Group Name: Centre francophone – La Passerelle Program (The Gateway)

Description: The Centre francophone de Toronto is a non-profit organization that serves, first and foremost, as the main entry point for Francophones who live or plan to settle in Toronto. The Centre helps promote the well-being of the Francophone community, and has developed a community-based and multi-disciplinary approach. It offers a range of services to meet the needs of all Francophones in the GTA.

La Passerelle (The Gateway) program is a day treatment centre for children aged 6 to 12 who need intensive support to overcome behavioural, emotional or social challenges they may encounter in school.
The proposed follow-up by professionals will ensure greater success at school by helping children become more motivated and easing their social integration.The professionals support children by:

  • regularly following up on an in-class therapy program
  • developing long-term strategies
  • easing their integration into the regular school environment

Where: 20 Lower Spadina Avenue | Toronto, ON M5Y 2Z1

Contact: 416-446-0303 Ext. 1 | |

Youth Assisting Youth

Group Name: Youth Assisting Youth

Description: Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) provides a method of helping children who are experiencing social, emotional, cultural adjustment and/or behavioural problems by preventing the development of more severe difficulties in the future. They promote a sound, healthy, growing special friend relationship between these children and mature, responsible young adults. They also relieve parents of the parenting role for a few hours a week and provide the children with a good role model.

Young adult volunteers 16-29 are matched on a one-to-one basis with children experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties. Each volunteer spends approximately 3 hours a week with a child for at least one year. The relationship is that of a special friend. Plan and participate in various recreational activities in the community and monthly events organized by YAY.

Where: 5734 Yonge Street, Suite 401 | Toronto, ON M4M 4E7

When: Children aged 6-15 who have been identified as experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural problems can enter the program. Referral must be completed by a professional. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-932-1919 | |

Association Of Parent Support Groups in Ontario Inc

Group Name: Association Of Parent Support Groups in Ontario Inc.

Description: APSGO Inc. is an organization founded by parents, for parents and run exclusively by parents. Through weekly meetings, workshops and this web site, APSGO Inc. provides a completely non-judgmental community where parents of disruptive sons and daughters learn practical and proven techniques to help them and their children. Meetings are run by trained and skilled parents who have first-hand experience of the compelling evidence of the value of APSGO’s approach.

These groups are open to any parent or guardian who wishes to attend. Groups help parents to develop a plan tailored to their family’s needs. Each group helps parents build satisfying relationships while setting reasonable boundaries. There is support, information and advice available between meetings.
All information disclosed at meetings is kept confidential. Each group offers a continuous program of help, allowing parents to join at any time without referral or waiting period. Each group is a member of The Association of Parent Support Groups In Ontario Inc. (APSGO).

Where: P.O Box 27581 |Toronto, ON M6A 3B8

When: Groups meet once weekly. Call 1-800-488-5666 to be put in touch with the group nearest you.

Contact: 1-800-488-5666 | |

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