Therapeutic Group Homes

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Peter Ballantyne Child and Family Services established Therapeutic Group Homes in the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Communities of Pelican Narrows, Southend, and Deschambault Lake.

These Community Therapeutic Homes were established to meet the needs of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Children. Children can now remain in the community close to their family. Families are now involved in the treatment plan of the youth.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Preference for admittance are Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Members:

(a) On-Reserve
(b) Off-Reserve
(c) Other First Nations Youth
(d) Male and Female youth 10-15 years of age.

An Intake Committee shall review all applications for admission.

PROGRAM COMPONENT

Family Centered and Community based to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of youth.

Group Home Staff maintain case loads and offer individual/group sessions. The Group Homes practice integrated case management with Peter Ballantyne Child & Family Services Staff, PBCN Health Services, PBCN Education, and other referring agencies.

The Group Homes have belief statements which include safety, respect and a place of healing.

* Help youth to meet their goals.
* Help youth get involved in activities.
* Help youth talk with others.
* Help youth find positive ways to feel good about themselves.
* Help youth learn social and skills.
* Help youth find better ways to solve problems.
* Help youth talk about their feelings.
* Encourage youth to stay in school.
* Provide a daily schedule of activities.
* Provide youth with holistic healing using traditional and contemporary practices.
* Promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being and security.
* Ensure that our children maintain their language, cultural and traditional values.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

* Intake Meetings
* Case Planning
* Phone Calls to Youth
* Family Visits
* Quarterly Meetings

Parents can have the opportunity to observe child care approaches.

Parents can have the opportunity to have fun with their children and receive skills support with parenting.

Parents can have the opportunity to participate in recreational and cultural activities with their children.

Youth gain a realistic understanding of their parents and the problems their parents and family might be struggling with.

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