Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment

Vanier has provided effective residential treatment services since 1965. Today, we offer four programs:

Intensive Services (free)

about the program

 

Medium-Term Treatment Program (fee for service)

about the program

who is eligible?

where is it located?

what is the treatment philosophy of this program?

 

Long Term Residential Treatment Program (Cornerstone)

about the program

who is eligible?

where is it located?

what is the treatment philosophy of this program?

 

Family Bridges - Long Term Treatment Foster Care (fee for service)

about the program

who is eligible?

where is it located?

what is the treatment philosophy of this program?

 

Medium-Term Treatment Program (fee for service):

This residential program specializes in working with children who have serious complex multiple needs.  It offers a community-based residential stabilization, assessment and treatment program that supports the transition of the child to a long-term placement.  Average length of stay ranges from 6-12 months.

Who is eligible?

This program is designed to meet the needs of children who are:

  • 7-14 years experiencing acute distress, related to longstanding attachment issues and evidence of at least one of the following:  conduct disorder; oppositional defiant disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; anxiety disorder; or depressive disorder;
  • living in a foster or group care setting, and are at high risk of experiencing a placement breakdown;
  • being admitted to care in an emergency crisis situation and who cannot be placed in a foster resource because of demonstrated at risk behaviour.

Catchment Area:  Southwest Region, MCYS

Referral Procedure:  If the child resides within the CSCN area, then a CSCN recommendation is required.  An expedited process can be initiated by contacting:

Sandi Evans, CSCN at 519.438.4783 or sandievans@cscn.on.ca

OR

Alison Cunningham, Vanier Children's Services at 519.433.3101 x 123 or acunning@vanier.com

If the child resides outside of the CSCN area, contact Alison Cunningham, Vanier, 519-433-3101 x 123 to determine the appropriate procedure.

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Where is it located?

The three residential units are located on the main campus of Vanier at 871 Trafalgar Street in London.  [link to photo tour}.  A school (grades 1-8) is located on the property.  All of Vanier's clinical resources are also located at this address.

Children in the short-term and medium-term programs live together in two residences.

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What is the Treatment Philosophy of this program?

This program, in partnership with family, foster family, friends, school, CAS and the community at large, provides support, skill building, nurturance, and a hopeful future for the vulnerable children placed in our residence.

We recognize the importance of family support for each child, regardless of their situation, and we work to engage and develop a circle of community partners committed to the ongoing support of each child and family.

We provide effective strength-based treatment and support for complex emotional, behavioural, psychological and psychiatric needs.

This medium stay program offers a rich, supportive environment where daily living provides opportunities for growth and development.  Children in the program learn by doing.  Emphasis is placed on the individual child's emotional, social and cognitive competencies.  Modalities of therapy are supported by best practices.

The milieu environment creates consistent routine, structure and activities, thus providing a source of security, stability and comfort for the child.  Children are taught the skills necessary to develop positive relationships with peers and adults.

Resiliency research emphasizes the importance of educational success, therefore, a key component of our program, focuses on providing opportunities for successful educational experiences for each child.  This may include support in the community school or a placement in one of our specialized day treatment programs.

Many of the children have longstanding attachment issues and experience acute distress during transitions.  This program offers transitional planning and support to help the child manage future moves.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Parent Training
  • Skills Training (problem solving, social skills, affect regulation)
  • Ecological Approach to Treatment
  • Pharmacological Treatment

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Long Term Residential Treatment Program - Cornerstone (fee for service)

For children who have complex trauma histories and multiple placement interruptions, including separation from their family, long term residential treatment can provide them with the safety and continuity of relationships to deal with their traumatic past and help them to integrate and manage their feelings and behaviours in order to be successful in a more family-like setting.

These children often have serious relationship-destroying behaviours, such as fire-setting, smearing, sexual behaviours, and aggression.  Placing a child in a family-like setting that is unable to cope with these behaviours will lead to placement breakdown.  We believe it is better to treat and reduce these behaviours and to develop a management plan that would support these children to be successful in a family-like setting.  Length of residential stay may vary from 2-3 years.

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Who is eligible?

This specialized residential treatment program is designed for a small number (6) of children ages 7-13 whose treatment needs are simply beyond what can be provided within a family or foster family setting.  These children require a longer residential treatment intervention to prepare them for successful integration into their biological family, a kin-care setting, or a foster family.  Many of the children will come from shorter term residential programs where the need for longer term involvement has been identified.  These are the children who have experienced multiple placement breakdowns; ongoing rejection by potential placements; and require consistent and predictable implementation of strategies/interventions over a long period of time to support improvement in their emotional and behavioural well-being.

Catchment area:  Southwest Region, MCYS

Referral Procedure:  If the child resides within the CSCN area, then a CSCN recommendation is required.  An expedited process can be initiated by contacting:

Sandi Evans, CSCN at 519.438.4783 or sandievans@cscn.on.ca

OR

Alison Cunningham, Vanier Children's Services at 519.433.3101 x 123 or acunning@vanier.com If the child resides outside of the CSCN area, then contact Alison Cunningham, Vanier, to determine the appropriate procedure.

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Where is it located?

Cornerstone is located in cottage 3 at the main campus of Vanier at 871 Trafalgar Street in London.  [link to photo tour]  a school (grades 1-8) is located on the property.  All of Vanier's clinical resources are also located at this address.

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What is the Treatment Philosophy of this program?

The overall objective of the program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children with complex multiple needs to stabilize their behaviour and emotions and to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment strategy which will prepare the children to function successfully in a less restrictive environment.  Focus will be on addressing their complex trauma needs and developing skills that support each child's resilience - emotion management, learning, problem solving, and social skills.

Individual treatment plans may include individual and group therapy as appropriate (trauma counselling, witnessing woman abuse, sexual behaviour problems, fire setting).  Family therapy or parent counselling/teaching may also be provided.  Transitional resources will be available to support the child when they leave the program.  The multi-disciplinary team will consist of child and youth counsellors, child and family therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse and special education teachers.

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Family Bridges - Long Term Treatment Foster Care (fee for service)

The Family Bridges Program is an innovative treatment foster program designed to support children and youth whose parents are unable to have them at home due to their serious and complex emotional and behavioural problems.  Parents continue to retain full guardianship of the child or youth and are involved with their treatment on a daily/weekly basis.  Family Bridges is also designed to support children and youth who are under the guardianship of a child welfare agency.  The program allows for the child or youth to receive long term intensive treatment as an alternative to a residential placement.  The clients in this program will be living in a long term treatment foster home up to the age of 18, if needed, with the support of Vanier.

The Family Bridges program is a collaboration with Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) - a reliable and experienced foster service provider.  Vanier provides the clinical resources to wrap around each child admitted to a WAYS foster home assigned to Family Bridges.

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Who is eligible?

Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 will be considered for this program.  The child or youth will present with a number of mental health challenges, beyond what a parental home can manage.  There will be no protection issue with the parents if they are the legal guardians.  All referrals will be considered on an individual basis.

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Where is it located?

WAYS provides the treatment foster placements.  The treatment foster homes are located in the London/Middlesex area.

The primary worker and all other clinical supports and resources are located on the main campus of Vanier at 871 Trafalgar Street in London.

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What is the treatment philosophy of this program?

The program embodies many of the strengths currently evidenced at Vanier.  These include our approach to a strength based philosophy for both the child and their family.  Secondly, we incorporate an attachment-based theoretical framework into the program.  Third, is our philosophy of dealing with children in the context of family and community.

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