Kennedy House Youth Centre Treatment

effective treatment teams • program flexibility • key life skills


Making change stick requires effective treatment while in care. Even though residents have committed an offence prior to the age of eighteen, their lives can change: they can be productive and community-minded young people.

Our overriding intent is to see young people work through their emotional, behavioural and learning issues with reflective review of their condition and the causes that contributed to it. To see them develop new skills and communication strategies, through a respectful program and environment that reinforces personal boundaries by consistent routine and expectations.

At Kennedy House Youth Services Inc. we believe that each person is special and unique. That our young people desire to do well and succeed. That we do the best we can with the resources available to us, but that change can be difficult. And needs arise in change. That behaviour is a symptom. That all behaviour has a purpose, but our emotions are not to be judged. That safety and structure are the foundations for solid program development, encompassing daily resident groups, family & individual counseling, life skills instruction, adaptive skills, incentive, and recreational programming.

To promote societal reintegration and individual rehabilitation, treatment and life skills programs are delivered by our highly qualified staff and on-site educators, and may include:
  • anger management
  • gender specific topics
  • family therapy
  • cognitive behavioral programming in:
        • victim awareness
        • problem solving
        • conflict resolution
        • communications
  • substance use/abuse
  • therapeutic recreation
  • healthy sexuality
  • psychiatric and psychological counseling
  • wellness and health services
  • media and social awareness
  • transition and discharge planning
  • relapse prevention

Academic advancement is an important part of the change process for many residents. Teachers from the community offer credit classes in:

  • science
  • geography
  • computer and software skills
  • mathematics
  • English
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