Brantford Expansion: Coming Soon to Harmony Square

By: Flora Ennis, Director, Services / System Planning (Brant)

 

Woodview is expanding to a new location in Brantford’s Downtown Core!

 

We are very excited to be at the heart of the city, and hope you will come for a visit!

 

Over the past few years, Woodview in Brantford, as part of our work as the Lead Agency, has been engaging with youth, families, and community partners in new ways to discover the needs of our community and co-create systems and services to meet people where they are at with the right service, at the right time, in the right place.

 

This work together led to the leasing of a storefront space in Harmony Square and the co-development of a “youth wellness hub” pilot project to meet the needs of our community. Our youth wellness hub will bring multiple services and partnerships under one roof to make it easier for children, youth, and families to access mental health and a variety of other services. These services will be youth and family friendly, with co-designed spaces offering an inviting atmosphere, and a feeling of coming home. We are very excited to announce that the Brant County Health Unit will be our first community partner at Harmony Square. There are so many wonderful opportunities, and hope we will have more partners join us soon!

 

This new space will also allow many of Woodview’s current services from 643 Park Road North to be available at the Harmony Square location. Services will include drop in times, planned groups, access to computers for youth and families, and engagement in Harmony Square activities. This location will have a unique set of hours from our main Brantford office and will serve youth ages 12+ and their families.

 

We already have our sights set on growing and know the benefits a fully functioning hub could offer Brantford, Brant, and Six Nations. We have plans to further develop the hub and grow with the support of our community.

 

Want to learn about the progress that we are making and about partnership opportunities? Please contact Flora Ennis at 519-752-5308.

To learn more about Youth Wellness Hubs in Ontario, check out www.youthhubs.ca.

 

Building our future together.

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Program Profile: Delta and Mountain Day Treatment Programs

By: Dan Hunter, Program Manager

 

When was the program founded?

The Woodview-Delta program was established in 1988. The program was overseen by Rick Ludkin and Frank Hayes. Robin Brennan also joined the team in the Fall of 1988. Rick had previously managed our residential program, Canada House, and Frank had extensive experience in Day Treatment from his years working for Woodview in Halton. The “Transitions” classroom followed several years later to address a growing need to address the social, emotional, and behavioural needs of Elementary School aged youth.

Our Woodview-Mountain program has morphed over the last 20 years as it was originally the Canada House classroom, dedicated to the youths residing at Canada House. With increased awareness and best practices, it was determined that all residential clients did not necessarily require a school placement in what had been our Section 19 classroom. The move to a Day Treatment classroom allowed us to serve a greater number of youths within the Hamilton community. We welcomed our first female client in the late 1990s

 

How was the program created / developed?

Woodview partnered with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to address the growing need to support adolescent boys experiencing social, emotional, and behavioural needs in school. Our clientele is now inclusive of all gender identities.

 

How many employees do you have?

The 3 Hamilton programs employ a total of 6 CYWs and 3 Teachers supplied through the HWDSB. We also have access to 1 Outreach worker to assist with improvised programming, in home support, and to assist those struggling with daily attendance.

 

How many clients do you have?

Each program supports 8 full-time students, however many former clients re-connect with various staff members for additional support or to simply update us on how “things” are going in their respective lives. Some come back to thank us or simply reminisce about their fond memories of their “Woodview year(s).”

 

What clients do you serve?

The Delta programs focus on clients who exhibit “externalizing” profiles. They tend be more intrusive when dysregulated; verbally and physically more aggressive. Diagnoses include ADHD, ODD, CD, etc.

The Mountain program focuses on clients who exhibit “internalizing” profiles. They tend to socially and emotionally withdraw and experience issues with chronic absenteeism, anxiety, low mood and depression.

 

Briefly tell us about the referral process?

Referral for services are made twice annually (Once in the Spring for anticipated vacancies for the start of September and once in the Fall for openings in February (coinciding with the start of 2nd semester). The referrals are vetted through the respective Social Work departments at the school Boards. In the spirit of equality we ask for the same number of referrals from each Board. Once a referral arrives on our desk we arrange for the client to visit us at the appropriate site and introduce them to our program and staff. If they are ambivalent or simply need some time to review their needs and our expectations they call us to initiate a 2 day “orientation” visit in order to get a feel for the day to day routine of our classes. As a voluntary program, it is paramount that the client commits to treatment and is aware of the opportunity for change.

 

What does a ‘day-in-the-life’ of the program look like?

Our clients begin to arrive as early as 8:15. They are encouraged to eat something, if they are hungry (Staff have a long standing arrangement with a local Tim Horton’s whereby they donate products to our Delta programs). This is an informal time however a great opportunity for some socializing and a game or 2 of “Incorporation”. Following the National Anthem we have “Check in” where we examine potential vulnerabilities (eating and sleeping patterns). This is followed by a Mindfulness activity. Academics occupy half of the day with the remaining half dedicated to therapeutic activities (usually engaging youths in a physical activity or life and social skill development). Like all intensive Day Treatment programs, our youth also participate in our weekly DBT Skills group. All 3 programs attempt to link positive physical health with positive mental health. Fridays are utilized to promote healthy lifestyles as we engage our youths with either fitness or cooking groups which rotate on a weekly basis. Friday afternoons are often filled with an outing (walk, hike, or bike) to explore our community.

 

Tell us something about the program that you think would be interesting for readers to learn.

The Delta programs have a 20+ year relationship with YMCA Camp Wanakita in Haliburton, Ontario. We have utilized the generous subsidy to experience Winter Camp. Activities included are snow shoeing, broomball, XC skiing, night hikes, with the highlight being an opportunity to do the “High Ropes” course amongst the canopy of the Camp. Going to Camp (despite the subsidy) can be an expensive undertaking. Three years ago we joined a police sponsored initiative, “COPS and KIDS”. It provides financial assistance and an opportunity for youth and officers to get acquainted and break free of biases and prejudices commonly associated with youth and Police. In fact, this year one of our youths has been selected to receive an Award for positive participation and leadership for our Region. Our student will be recognized at a Gala at the ROM in Toronto in May.

 

We are also proud that many program staff, past and present, have enhanced Woodview’s community partnerships and profile through coaching a variety of Delta teams and winning several City Championships. Sue Wood and Jay Hayes both coached touch football (Girls and Boys). Jay also assisted with Boys basketball and football in the past. During his years at Delta, John Fitzgerald coached the Delta Red Raiders Boys hockey team to an unprecedented 3 consecutive (“3peat”) City Championships. Those individuals and their supportive co-workers made substantial commitments in order for this to occur. It is also important to note that as coaches, staff often brought Woodview students “on board” as statisticians, equipment managers, etc., providing them with the opportunity to be a part of a team regardless of athletic ability. They were proud of their involvement and positive experiences.

 

Briefly tell us about a heart-warming / quirky moment or a memory that stands out.

Our award recipient struggles with anxiety, however, was able to utilize her skills and completed a taped interview session that required some mindful reflection and some “getting to know you” questions and sharing. The interview involved a large crew to provide technical support and record, etc. The staff that accompanied her to the interview stated… “Watching her overcome her anxiety and do a FANTASTIC job made me feel so proud of her! It is a highlight in my career. She was AWESOME!!

 

 

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Halton Autism Camp

 

New Autism Camp in Burlington

We’re excited to offer Camp Care, a new camp that will provide children with an autism diagnosis the opportunity to attend a fun-filled summer camp. 🦊 🐻 🐿

July 8th – August 30th, 2019
Monday to Friday
9 am – 4 pm
$425 per week*

Halton Summer Camp for Kids with Autism

Woodview’s Camp CARE provides children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis the opportunity to attend a fun-filled summer camp. At Camp CARE, we recognize that every child is unique. We are committed to providing the necessary supports to promote the individuality and independence of each camper. Camp days for children with ASD are filled with learning opportunities, outdoor activities, and community outings.

Camp Care staff are trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), have experience working with children with ASD, have completed Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention certification and Standard First Aid & CPR. ✔️

Let the exploring begin!

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Halton Autism Camp Located in Burlington

Camp Care is located at Woodview’s head office in Burlington, which is nestled next to a peaceful green space that is spacious and surrounded by natural woodland. We’re located at 69 Flatt Road, just off Waterdown Road, north of the 403.

Halton Autism Camp Care Greenspace

 

Autism Camp: Weekly Themes

Week

Date

Theme

Cost:

1

July 8-12, 2019

Underwater

$425.00

Wait List

2

July 15-19, 2019

Superhero

$425.00

Wait List

3

July 22-26, 2019

Olympics

$425.00

 

4

July 29- Aug 2, 2019

Detective

$425.00

 

5

Aug 6-9, 2019 (no camp on stat holiday):

Disney

$340.00

 

6

Aug 12-16, 2019

Safari

$425.00

 

7

Aug 19-23, 2019

Pirate

$425.00

 

8

Aug 26-30, 2019

Community Helpers

$425.00

 

* This camp may qualify for special services at home (SSAH) funding reimbursement.

Eligibility Criteria

– No aggression to self or others.
– Toilet-trained and able to perform basic self-help skills (change clothes, feeding self, clean up snack).
– Can follow instructions and transition with minimal assistance.

Download the Flyer for Camp Care

OAP Camp CARE – March 26 – FINAL

How to Register for Camp Care

  1. Please download and complete the registration form: Camp CARE Registration Form 2019 – REVISED
  2. Email the completed form to oapservices@woodview.ca with ‘Camp Care Registration’ in the subject line.

For More Information on Camp Care

Please call Jessica Gallino, Family Support Worker, at 905-689-4727 ext. 115 or by email at oapservices@woodview.ca

Volunteers Wanted

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Volunteer Opportunity for Halton Autism Camp

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ThankYouFromCampUnity

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Woodview News: Autumn 2017

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Youth Engagement Logo Story

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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

Posted by on Thursday, October 5, 2017 ·  

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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Annual Report 2016-17

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MOMH: Progress Report

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Woodview News: Spring 2017

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