WHAT IS THE COLLABORATIVE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM?
THE COLLABORATIVE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM PROVIDES INTENSIVE, STRENGTH-BASED, SHORT-TERM INTERVENTION, SUPPORT AND COUNSELLING TO ASSIST YOUTH AGES 12-15 TO REINTEGRATE AND/OR REMAIN IN THEIR FAMILY HOME. WE WORK WITH YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITY TO HELP THEM IDENTIFY THEIR STRENGTHS, CHALLENGES AND NEEDS. TOGETHER WE DEVELOP, AND WORK THROUGH A SERVICE PLAN THAT SUPPORTS THE FAMILY TO REACH THEIR GOALS.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE YOUTH AND FAMILY:
- INCREASE COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND REDUCE CONFLICT IN THE HOME
- ENHANCE PARENTING SKILLS
- BUILD FAMILY COPING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
- STRENGTHEN PARENT TEEN CONNECTION
- IMPROVE EMOTIONAL STABILITY
- INCREASE YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOL, EMPLOYMENT AND PRO-SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
- LEARN NEW COPING, LIFE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
- COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND GOAL DEVELOPMENT
- INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELING
- CRISIS SUPPORT AND STABILIZATION
- PARENT EDUCATION ON ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENTAL AND ATTACHMENT
- SCHOOL-BASED AND COMMUNITY LIAISON
- EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
- OBSERVATION AND FEEDBACK
- REFERRAL TO COMMUNITY SERVICES
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
All referrals come directly from the MCFD Youth Service Social Workers in the Central Okanagan. After receiving a referral, the program counsellor contacts the family to discuss the program and answer the family’s questions. An initial meeting is then set up, and at that time service plan development begins.
HOW LONG DOES THE COLLABORATIVE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM WORK WITH FAMILIES?
Service is intended to be intensive and short term, however, duration and frequency depends on the individual needs and goals of each family. The goal is to transition when parents feel confident in their ability to support the youth in their care, or the family is ready for referral to other services or supports that will address ongoing strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
Marnie Bland, Program Director
250 763 2977