Brief Services

What are brief service programs?

Brief services are just that: counselling services that last a brief amount of time. They include sessions that are temporary and time-limited. For example, a single session or three to five sessions within a six-week time frame.

Sometimes, brief services may be all the treatment that is needed. But brief service programs can also identify that further treatment is needed.

Brief service programs are available for children and teens 7 to 18 years old (up until their 18th birthday) and/or parent/caregiver.

Are one of the brief service
programs right for your child?

As a parent or caregiver, you know the child or youth in your care. You recognize that changes in behaviour or daily patterns might signal something requiring attention. Do any of the following apply?

If so, and you are concerned enough to seek help, the brief service programs can help.

  • Is the child or youth in your care engaging in some disturbing behaviours?
  • Are sleep patterns or eating patterns suddenly different?
  • Has the once outgoing and happy child become withdrawn and sad?
  • Is the child or youth suddenly giving away personal items they once treasured?
  • Has the child/youth recently lost interest in hobbies, foods or activities that once gave them pleasure?
What is the focus of the brief services programs?

There are a number of brief service programs. Each focus on providing early and effective counselling sessions which will reduce the need for more intensive counselling in the future.

Sessions focus on helping a child or youth understand the issue(s) they face. They then learn and use coping skills to improve their functioning in the day-to-day world.

Brief Service programs in Brantford include:

  • Walk-In Clinic Services – counselling sessions for a brief amount of time by appointment or walk-in at various community sites
  • Brief Outreach Services – counselling sessions for a brief amount of time by appointment or drop-in at pre-established locations throughout the community on a varying schedule
  • Brief Therapy – Three to five therapy/consultation services by appointment only for children and youth within a brief time frame.
  • Family Sessions – Counselling services by appointment only for the parent or caregiver for a brief amount of time.

WHERE

Where are the brief service programs located?

Brief Therapy services are provided at 643 Park Road North in Brantford and 120 Colborne Street, Unit #106-107, in downtown Brantford.

Walk-In Clinic services are provided:

  • Tuesdays from 10am until 6pm at Charing Cross Medical located at 124 Charing Cross Street, Unit #1. Phone (519)304-8550
  • Wednesdays from 9am until 2pm at Brantford Pediatrics located at 379 St. Paul Avenue. Phone (519)512-0030
  • Thursdays from 4pm until 8pm at Harmony Square located at 120 Colborne Street, unit #106-107 downtown Brantford. Phone (519)752-5308 or text (226)920-4427
  • Fridays from 4pm until 8pm at Harmony Square located at 120 Colborne Street, unit #106-107 downtown Brantford. Phone (519)752-5308 or text (226)920-4427
  • Saturdays from 12pm until 4pm at Harmony Square located at 120 Colborne Street, unit #106-107 downtown Brantford. Phone (519)752-5308 or text (226)920-4427
  • Thursdays from 12pm until 5:30pm at Brant Mental Health Solutions located at 139 Grand River Street North, Unit 20 in Paris.  Phone  519-302-2300 to book in advance, or walk in for an appointment on Thursdays between 12 pm – 5:30 pm.  

Brief Outreach services are provided on a varying schedule at pre-established locations throughout Brantford and Brant including the downtown core.

WHEN

When does this program take place?

The following brief service programs are by appointment only:

  • Brief therapy
  • Family sessions

The times and days for the Walk-in Services are shown in the chart.

WHAT

What does the program cost?

Brief service programs do not have a cost.

 

 

 

HOW

How do I refer my child, youth or myself for one of the brief services programs?

A parent, caregiver or youth over 12 years of age can make the referral through Contact Brant.
Phone: (519)758-8228
Web: https://contact-brant.ontarionow.ca/external-referral/

The exceptions to this are the Brief Outreach Program and Walk-In Clinic Services. Neither of these services require a referral through Contact Brant.

After a referral is made (Brief Therapy & Family Session ONLY).

You will be contacted by someone from Woodview to arrange your first session.

My child felt comfortable with his/her counselor. Conversation/discussion was at a level my child understood.

Parent

I liked how the counsellor interacted with my son and got him to open up.

Parent

Absolutely amazing program.

Youth

The staff was very nice.

Youth