Support Offered in the Bellwood Youth Outpatient Program
Child and Youth Counsellors (CYCs)
CYCs play an active role in the treatment team, providing in-the-moment support for clients, facilitate group therapy, and participate in treatment goals. Each client will be assigned a primary CYC with whom they will meet with regularly.
Each client will meet with an individual therapist weekly. Therapy sessions will provide a space for the youth to deepen their learning and healing. The individual therapist will also support the youth in sharing within the larger group and/or family sessions, as appropriate.
Parents/caregivers attend weekly family therapy sessions. Family therapy is an integral component of the youth’s treatment as it provides a space to work towards treatment goals related to the family, to help improve communication and effective parenting strategies, as well as prepare the youth and family for recovery post-discharge.
The program’s dietitian supports both the youth and their families to provide nutrition education and appropriate guidelines to ensure adequate and balanced nutrition. For clients in the eating disorder stream, the dietitian will also provide individualized support in challenging and overcoming presenting food concerns.
On-site consultations with a psychiatrist are available to young people who may benefit from an assessment and diagnosis.
Each week a topic related to mental health and recovery will be presented and discussed, followed by time for parents to connect with one another for support, sharing their lived experiences and success with parenting strategies. Attendance of these weekly support and education groups is a requirement of the program.
Teaching staff are available onsite to support ongoing educational needs, including reintegration and enrollment.