Chimo Youth and Family Services provides four Day Treatment Programs in North Durham Region. There are two high school programs one located at Brock High School in Cannington and the other at Uxbridge Secondary School in Uxbridge. Both of the elementary programs are located at Sunderland Public School in Sunderland.
The Day Treatment Programs each serve six students. The children and youth are referred by their parents or guardians and at times at the recommendation of the school where they attend.
Once a referral is made to the agency, a meeting is held with the family to gather pertinent information and have consents signed to gather information from collateral agencies in regards to services they have provided. The student would then be assessed by Chimo’s consulting psychiatrist to determine if the program can meet the needs of the student.
Our programs meet the needs of children and youth who require mental health services, they often struggle with emotional difficulties, self-management, anger management, behavioural challenges in conjunction to mental health disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, oppositional defiance disorder and often the students have a learning disability.
The day treatment staff use a relationship based approach to teach skills of compliance, appropriate social skills, self-management skills, effective problem solving skills and well as build the student’s self-esteem.
The students are involved in an integrated treatment approach which that may include individual and family counseling/therapy and a life skills component as part of their daily routine.
The academic portion of the program is provided by a teacher from Grove School. The curriculum delivered is in accordance of the Durham District School Board guidelines with modifications if required to meet the student’s needs. The student’s progress is evaluated twice per school year by our multidisciplinary team which may include Chimo’s consulting psychiatrist. Usually the first three to six months the student is in the program is seen as an assessment period in which each student is evaluated to ensure that their needs can be met within the program.