The Intensive Child and Family Services team works with families in the home and/or community to help the child, youth, or family acquire skills that will allow them to avoid more serious problems. The support provided is intensive, short-term, and flexible, and is geared toward children/youth who are at risk of being placed in a residential setting, who need support in being reintegrated with their families, or who may be expected to benefit from this service in another manner. The services offered address issues faced by clients with complex and multiple needs, and difficulties including parent/child conflict, school related problems, aggression, substance abuse, emotional problems, running away, and a lack of parental supervision.
In addition to addressing issues faced by the child or youth, this program assists parents in learning how their own behaviour can affect that of their child.
While Intensive Child and Family staff is involved with a client, a Community Site counsellor continues to be involved, providing counselling and case management services. Typically, when a client file closes with Intensive Child and Family Services, it remains open with a Community Site counsellor.
Staff members from the Intensive Child and Family Services team also facilitate therapeutic groups, make presentations on topics such as bullying and behaviour management, and provide workshops for parents of children/youth aged 7 to 18.