Specialized Treatment

The residential program offers an abuse specific milieu designed to address common issues and conditions experienced by multi-needs adolescents – lack of ability to bond, limited personal boundaries, lying, minimizing, impulsivity, sexual identity issues, cognitive distortions, depression, anxiety and an array of other psychological characteristics. Youth will be involved in day and evening psycho-educational programs 4 times weekly. A treatment group facilitated by clinical staff will occur twice weekly.   Youth will receive specialized and intensive treatment intended to lower their risk to be abusive and based on individual strengths, needs, and ability.  The program is designed as a step-down model with youth receiving less intensive programming and increased trust, responsibility, freedom and community access as they demonstrate success accomplishing treatment goals.


The treatment program is goal oriented and focused on developing strengths by developing the coping and adaptive strategies of clients. All programming is designed to assist young people to take responsibility for their behaviour, make concrete changes in their thinking, attitudes, and behaviours, and develop a plan to support a healthy lifestyle.


Youth who are not functioning well across multiple domains often experience similar issues and conditions – (impaired social and interpersonal skills, boundary issues, family conflict or instability, avoidant coping styles etc.) that can be addressed in the programs offered within the facility.  Services that the young people may access include:


  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Family meetings
  • Ongoing cognitive restructuring
  • Structured Problem Solving
  • Comprehensive sexual education
  • Psycho-educational and living skills programs, including, conflict resolution, assertiveness training, victim awareness, healthy sexuality
  • Safety planning, and healthy long term living strategies
  • Transitional assistance while making the return to community living
  • Aftercare support once formal treatment has ended

Academic Programing

A full day school program will be offered from September through June.  The academic program is under the direction of the Lambton Kent School Board and is viewed as a key component for youth in residence, most of whom have special educational needs.


A full-time special education teacher and an education assistant staff the on-site school program. Child and Youth Workers offer supplemental services in the classroom.  The educational program emphasizes the strengthening of academic skills and the development of self-control.  Special testing and additional supports can be made available through the local school board to meet individual needs.  Teachers and assistants are considered important members of the multi-disciplinary team and are involved in admission, ongoing treatment and discharge planning. 


Community Transition

For youth graduating from residential treatment, group, or foster care, ages 15 – 22 who are looking to become independent, but aren’t quite ready to move out on their own, the PAD Program may be a step toward a positive transition to young adulthood.
This program offers 24 hour staff supervised living in three large three bedroom homes in the Chatham Kent community. Each home houses two to three clients, and has a living room, basement recreation area, dining room, kitchen facilities, bathroom(s) and three bedrooms. Each home also has a spacious yard for a variety of leisure and physical activities.
Semi Independent Living is an excellent choice for clients who have been involved in the Choices Treatment Program as it continues to reinforce the strategies and principals of treatment; specifically that healthy living is as an ongoing process of growth and decision making. For a period of time following their discharge from the treatment program, PAD residents will be expected to continue with group and individual treatment at the treatment residence, and in their new homes. Real-life independent living is supported by 24 hour-a-day access to staff mentors, and therapists. The staff mentors focus on each participant’s strengths and needs, while respecting individual choice and building a sense of belonging, mastery and independence.