Programs for High Risk Youth & Caregivers
Many young people in care are at high risk for harm to themselves due to behaviours such as substance misuse, aggression, depression and impulsivity. Caregivers often need help in dealing with and changing these behaviours as well as modifying their own behaviour patterns. New Direction provides educational and therapeutic programs to youth and parents on a residential and non-residential basis.
Connor Homes, a CARF accredited treatment system, operates Residential and Treatment Foster Homes which run in conjunction with day programs for youth and caregivers. Wiser House, located near Belleville, is South Eastern Ontario’s hub for the local network of homes. With New Direction satellite locations being considered in Huntsville and Ottawa, it serves as an educational and treatment location for youth and caregivers residing in the home and also provides services to those in the catchment area, through day programs, support and aftercare. Training for community partner support staff of residential programs is also provided.
The Connor Homes Ontario Treatment Network provides assessment, consultation and therapy services in partnership with Quinte Assessment and Treatment Group and Quinte Counselling Services, both in person and through a televideo system. Aftercare includes ongoing services for youth and foster parents as well as training and therapy sessions for biological parents, caregivers and other community partners.
Central to both the youth and caregivers’ program is Wiser House, a four-bed treatment foster home near Belleville in South Eastern Ontario, just 2 hours from both Ottawa and Toronto. Onsite residential care is available, with 8 other locations within 45 minutes of Wiser House.
Services are for male and female children ages 12-18 and their foster parents. Programs are also available for biological parents, caregivers and the community, such as support staff of foster homes. The professional team includes a clinical psychologist and rehabilitation psychologist, youth care workers, social workers, therapists, educators & trainers.
New Direction is designed for young people in care who are at high risk for harm to themselves due to behaviours such as substance misuse, aggression, depression and impulsivity. It is also for foster parents, biological parents and caregivers who need help in dealing with and changing their child’s behaviours as well as modifying their own behaviour patterns.
Residential & Day Service Programs
New Direction has a residential and a day component, each of which is for a minimum of 6 months. The programs include:
- Treatment Residential settings.
- Evidence based, social learning framework.
- Individual and group counselling sessions.
- Art, gardening, photographic & music therapy.
- Educational workshops.
- Behavioural skills training.
- Sports & exercise programs.
- CAFAS & OnLac integrated.
- Over 30 years experience with youth.
Key objectives are to address factors that lead to on-going substance misuse and other high-risk behaviours. The goal is to increase adaptive behaviors and positive affect and to decrease anger, aggression, and depression. The program includes teaching pro-social values and enhancing academic and skill levels. A key emphasis is helping each youth to find rewarding, realistic alternatives to maladaptive behaviours.
Caregivers are encouraged to take part in programs for several weekends and are trained to manage youth, to modify their own behaviours and to provide aftercare. Aftercare includes up to 6 months of booster sessions, regular feedback sessions, and home visits.
The Educational Program
Quinte Learning Center, under the supervision of Michael Maloney (author of Teach Your Children Well), will train teachers and staff, along with caregivers, in their highly successful educational method. Students will achieve success in literacy, mathematics and rescue credits.
Youth & Caregivers Therapeutic Program
Assessment, consultation and therapy services are provided by Connor Homes in partnership with Quinte Assessment and Treatment Group and Quinte Counselling Services. The program uses a cognitive-behavioural approach with motivational interviewing geared to youth. Youth receive individual and group therapy sessions each week, family therapy sessions and regular contact with a clinical psychologist.
The Recreational Program
The recreational program is designed to help youth be successful and build self-esteem through physical, cultural and social accomplishments and includes service-based activities. There are several excursions which include camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. At the end of the program, all youth have an opportunity to participate in a wilderness adventure.
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