Youth Engagement Logo Story

Youth Engagement Logo

 

Woodview is committed to partnering with youth in our community to engage them in creating meaningful change to children’s mental health services in Brant.

A contest took place to design a logo that would represent the work of the Brantford Youth Engagement group. The winning design represented the importance of the youth voice, youth engagement, and working together.

“The logo that I created represents youth engagement and youth voice, which ultimately leads to youth empowerment. Youth have so many stresses, worries, ideas, hopes, opinions, and dreams constantly being pondered in their heads like the turning gears of a machine. By engaging with youth and giving them a voice, all of these thoughts can be released and the minds of youth can come together to make amazing things happen. The white silhouettes holding hands in a circle with no start or finish show the continuous harmony that can be felt when adults and youth come together as one and stand together.” – Alexandra Rodriguez, Logo Designer

 

When consulting with the youth focus groups, the youth decided to that the logo would be interchangeable in three colours:

  • Red to represent the adults (ally’s, professionals)
  • Blue to represent youth
  • Purple (the combined colour of blue and red) to represent the youth engagement work and partnership with adult ally’s and professionals

 

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SNAP Program Profile

Written by: Nicole Schween & Lindsay Craig

 

History

As part of the Enhanced Ontario Youth Action Plan, the community came together and it was determined that Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services and Six Nations Child & Family Services would jointly submit an application with Six Nations Child & Family Services acting as the lead.

The SNAP® Program began servicing clients as of April 2016; SNAP® group delivery is jointly provided by both staff of Woodview and Six Nations Child & Family Services to families in each service area.

Due to the overwhelming success of the SNAP® Program, as a pilot endeavor the SNAP® model is now being delivered within the context of our Elementary Day Treatment Program.

Who We Serve

The SNAP® Program serves boys and girls ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behaviour and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. Treatment also incorporates skills for siblings and parents/caregivers.

 

SNAP® Staff

SNAP® Program staff consist of Child and Youth Workers and Social Service Workers who have received extensive training in the SNAP® Model by the Child Development Institute. The Elementary Day Treatment also has two Child and Youth Workers as well as a classroom teacher.

Day-In-The-Life

Each day varies depending on whether or not group is running. Groups are offered in Six Nations one evening per week, with groups occurring in Brantford on a second evening. During the 13 weeks, we have 3 groups running at all times – child, sibling and parent/caregiver.

A typical Wednesday, also known as “group day” starts with a team meeting; bringing the team together to update on Agency happenings, review client cases, and in some instances, staff participate in multi-disciplinary team consultations.

Following team time, staff complete individual sessions, phone check-ins or school meetings throughout the day, prior to evening groups.

Prior to group, the team meets again to pre-brief and ensure all materials are prepared, review group delivery and group dynamics.

Groups begin and are 1.5 hours long, with two group sessions occurring back to back. Each group session is prescribed based on the SNAP® model which include check-in/relaxation, introduction and delivery of skill to be learned in that session, model and role play to practice the skill, debrief and home practice.

A standard child and sibling session includes emotion regulation, bullying, stealing, staying out of trouble, how to join in, and keeping problems small. The boys group session #10 also includes a visit to the local police station to build positive relationships with law enforcement.

A standard parent session includes emotion regulation, other parenting skills such as time-outs, effective listening, rewards, effective consequences, and home/school relations.

Once groups are completed, the team debriefs and tidies and heads home to do it all again tomorrow.

 

Quirky Fact

All group sessions are also videotaped to monitor adherence and competency of program delivery.

 

Stand Out Memory

A memory that stands out would show the dedication of our staff on a weekend group day when we were short-staffed and had high need clients in our boys group… on this particular day, one of our staff very creatively demonstrated how to role play a group situation, using only himself. This involved this particular

staff changing roles and carrying on a situation involving a disagreement on the playground and how to go about using his SNAP® skills.

During group session video review, this particular staff received outstanding marks for sticking to it despite having to play multiple roles in one role play.

 

Referral Process

To register or make a referral to the program, please contact Contact Brant at (519)758-8228 or Six Nations Child & Family Services at (519)445-0408.

 

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MOMH: Progress Report

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Woodview News: Spring 2017

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Golf Tournaments June 2017!

Posted by on Friday, April 21, 2017 ·  

Join us at one (or more!) of three annual Golf Tournaments this June, generously hosted by the Jeff Roche & Hannah Gordon-Roche Memorial Foundation, the Brant Business Builders, and the Royal Coachman!

 

Proceeds support the Woodview Learning Centre and Camp Unity!

 

8th Annual Jeff Roche & Hannah-Gordon Roche Memorial Golf Tournament

Camp Unity Annual Golf Tournament

Royal Coachman Annual Golf Tournament

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Lowville Golf Club
2662 Britannia Road
Burlington, ON

Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Oaks of St. George Golf Club
269 German School Road
Brant, ON

Stay tuned for details!

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Gord Roche Memorial Golf Tournament Poster 2017 - FINAL

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Middle Years Parent and Caregiver Experience Survey

Posted by on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ·  

 

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is leading the development of an Ontario Middle Years Strategy which will bridge existing policy and development frameworks for the early years and youth. It will help to support the well-being and positive development of all of Ontario’s children in the middle years, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable children and families.

 

Understanding the experiences of parents and caregivers is important. As part of their efforts to engage parents and caregivers supporting middle years children aged 6 – 12, a short Middle Years Parent and Caregiver Experience Survey was developed. The Ministry is asking for your help by completing the survey found at the link below.

 

The survey is anonymous and will only be used to support the development of an Ontario Middle Years Strategy.

 

Click here to complete the survey!

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Program Profile: The Manor

Posted by on Friday, January 20, 2017 ·  

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Written by: Jennifer Young, Program Manager

 

History

The Manor began in 1988 as “Kinrade House” in East Hamilton as a life-skills teaching residential program to enable young adults with ASD to prepare for life living independently. When the current location on the Hamilton Mountain was built in 1992, the program expanded – as individuals learned skills they would move into the Semi-Independent Living (SIL) townhouses next door to practice these skills under the watchful eye of staff before moving into other housing in the community. The initial concept was quite ground-breaking. With changes to Ministry funding over time, the Manor program now supports adults who will require more supports throughout their lives but the program and staff continue to support ongoing learning so individuals are as independent as possible.

 

How The Manor Came To Be

The program was developed due to a need identified at Canada House when two youth with an autism diagnosis entered the program. At the time, Dr. Peter Szatmari was beginning to develop Hamilton Health Sciences Autism Services and supported Woodview in developing services for adults with autism. The idea for the program was ‘pitched’ and accepted.

 

Who We Serve at The Manor

We provide services to adults with a diagnosis of autism, though many have co-occurring mental health or other diagnoses. We start providing services when people age out of childrens’ services (at 18 years old) and throughout their adult years. We have long-standing relationships with many of our program participants, a number having started services with us as children and youth and who have been with the program for upwards of 20-30 years.

 

Day-In-The-Life

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A typical day at the Manor involves supporting our program participants in moving through their individualized schedules, assisting them in actively participating in their communities, helping them to make choices that lead to positive outcomes (i.e. support with budgeting of finances, healthy living), etc. We assist our program participants to become more independent through active participation in ongoing learning opportunities in the areas of life skills, social skills, self-advocacy, and more. For some, this may include things like staff developing, implementing, and monitoring reinforcement systems to help a program participant wake up and move through their morning routine in a timely manner so that they make it to their volunteer placement on time. For others, staff may accompany them to medical and/or mental health-related appointments in order to provide support, assist with advocacy, promote understanding of recommendations made by health professionals, etc.

Each evening of the week we provide groups/activities that encourage independence, social activities among friends, physical fitness, community involvement, generalization of skills, and having fun!

 

Stand Out Memory

A few years ago one of our longest served clients was diagnosed with cancer and needed a great deal of support navigating the medical system and often just someone to be with her and care for her. Her parents had passed away a number of years before; she had no siblings, and only a couple of cousins who saw her occasionally. As always, our staff at the Manor jumped in to help. We attended medical appointments with her, advocated on her behalf to get her the care she needed, helped her move into a home for seniors where she would receive nursing care and visited with her daily to show her that there were people out there who truly cared for her. The night before she suddenly passed away, our staff was with her, holding her hand, chatting and just being with her. At one point, late in the evening as staff were getting ready to leave, she looked up, squeezed the staff’s hand and said “I love you, you know….I really do.” and with genuine honesty the staff shared their love for her as well and said goodbye, hoping to see her again the next day. Though it was a terribly sad loss for our Woodview Manor family, it meant a lot to our staff that we were able to surround her with support and love not only through the years we supported her before her illness but particularly during her final months when she needed us most. We are blessed to have this incredible woman’s artwork displayed both here at the Manor and at Head Office. Take a minute to enjoy her pieces next time you visit either of these locations; they are her legacy and something we know she would be thrilled to continue to share with the world. IMG_9177

 

 

Referral Process

Vacancies within any adult program are declared to Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). All referrals for adult services come through the DSO and all referrals must live within the Hamilton region.

 

Quirky Fact

The Manor continues to support some adults who were our very first adults with autism that started in the program. We affectionately refer to them as “The Originals”, which they feel quite proud of! Many adults within our programs have been ‘grandfathered’ into the adult system and do not need to meet the new IQ eligibility criteria for accessing Developmental Services in Ontario. This is a good thing because though many of our program participants may have IQs above the DSO’s eligibility criteria, all of them still require a great deal of formal services and supports in order to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.

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Working Together Symposium – Feb. 4, 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 ·  

Join us at the Working Together Symposium on Saturday, February 4, 2017!

 

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Click image above for conference details including agenda, workshop details, and keynote speaker bios.

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Moving on Mental Health: Update

Posted by on Friday, September 16, 2016 ·  

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iFLY for Woodview tickets on sale now!

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