Residential Services – Programming
Our intention is to have young people work through their emotional, behavioural and learning issues by developing skills and better communication.
The programs encourage respect and personal boundaries through consistency of routines and expectations placed upon the young person on a daily basis. Personal and social responsibilities are addressed by encouraging individuals to recognize where they are and how they arrived here through counseling and individual/group processing.
Staff Meetings (Program/Clinical): These are conducted as scheduled by the Program Supervisor. Those attending include the Program Supervisor, front line staff, and Clinical Team members. Staff review the young person’s behaviour and demeanour since the previous meeting, clinical treatment plan, and personal goals. Staff come prepared with the completed Behavioural Summary to present at the meeting. Through this review the young person’s program is considered and staff consultation ensues to ensure an understanding of the young person.
Substance Awareness Group (S.A.G.) is a four-week program delivered by staff. S.A.G. consists of an initial assessment and four weeks of education and skill development. The goal of the program is to help the client deal effectively with life circumstances surrounding the use and abuse of substances.
Anger Management (Individual and Group): This program is designed to support young persons in identifying patterns, causes and effects of their internal emotions, in an attempt to develop more appropriate means of expressing these feelings. There is an individual program available for those young persons’ with shorter placements, or for those who are not best suited for a group delivery method.
Victim Impact/Awareness: This group allows each young person to become more educated and aware of the overall impact that crime and crime related activities have on the general public, victims and themselves.
Conflict Resolution: Youth learn that conflict is a natural part of life and can be viewed as an opportunity to explore where and how they face conflict, to identify counterproductive methods of approaching conflict and then learn skills to properly resolve conflict.
Recreation/Leisure/Art & Crafts: This program provides youth with recreational opportunities, appropriate leisure activities and a venue in which to demonstrate their artistic abilities. An in-depth leisure assessment will identify areas of high risk for the young persons in our care. Young persons work on developing specific skills (physical, social, emotional) in an attempt to encourage positive change and to build an increased interest in community programs.
The Kennedy House Life Skills Program teaches specific skills that are needed everyday. Skills are taught in groups, modeled by staff and practiced through activities. The program identifies abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program is comprehensive, efficient and flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide range of clients.
Social Work Intervention: All residents at Kennedy House have the opportunity to become involved with individual and/or family counselling. The agency’s social and clinical workers will engage, assess, make recommendations and provide ongoing support to the client, their family and referring agency.
Communication: Helps youth recognize that communication is an essential life skill and understand its value, be aware of both and nonverbal communication and practice good expressive & receptive communication skills.
Female Focused Programming addresses risk factors for young women with the assumption that every young woman is strong, brilliant and wants a positive connection with others. This program helps young women face problems, identify personal strengths and locate supportive resources. The program encourages young women to develop new ways of thinking and addressing challenges, both internal and external.
Male Focused Programming challenges stereotypes and belief systems that condone or contribute to men’s violence. Suitable for young men aged 14-19, the program focuses on ways that boys and men are both rewarded and restricted by conforming to “act like a man” messages and stereotypes. Staff attempt to help young men break out of this mold and develop more expressive and supportive relationships.
Hot Off the Press: This program is designed to encourage youth to review current media and participate in a discussion group about current events, encouraging individuals to challenge their own thinking patterns and address thinking errors in the context of social awareness.
Decision Making helps youth realize the importance of making good decisions. clarify values and set goals as a context for making decisions, while learning a thoughtful process for making decisions.
Stress Management helps youth understand what stress is, identify their own stressors and learn techniques to manage stress. Stress management techniques are divided into two sections: changing stressors in the environment (change on the outside) and changing internal reactions (change on the inside).
Education: Residents at Kennedy House have the opportunity to be placed within a Section 23 classroom. Kennedy House has established a contract with the Durham District School Board and the Toronto District School Board to provide a collaborative therapeutic program within an academic setting. There are designated Child and Youth Workers assigned to the young people attending this program. The respective school boards supply the teachers for the programs. The teachers are responsible for delivery and evaluation of all academic programming. Kennedy House staff are responsible for implementation and delivery of adaptive/life skills programming.