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I go to the Adolescent Centre for Treatment

What Should I Expect When...
 

The Adolescent Centre for Treatment (ACT) is a service that treats youth with Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder or Oppositional Defiance Disorder. If you are between 13-19 years old and having difficulty coping – then ACT might be for you. You’ll learn skills to make home, school and community life more successful.     

A Typical Day at ACT

At ACT, you can participate as a day patient or an overnight patient. Programming happens Monday to Friday, with everyone going home on the weekends. It doesn’t matter if you are a day or overnight patient; you’ll be involved in many of the same activities. 

Every youth at ACT has treatment goals – things that you and your family decide to work on. Your treatment team will help you figure out your goals. Each day starts with a morning check-in. During check-in, you meet with your peers and staff to talk about how things are going. Then you’ll set goals for the day. Once check-in is over, it is off to the classroom or a group.    

Our therapeutic classroom

You go to the therapeutic classroom for either morning or afternoon sessions.  ACT has great teachers and teaching assistants who will help you learn behaviors to make school easier. They also help with your school work and keep you connected to your community school.   

Attending Individual or Group Therapy

In addition to school, you also participate in groups. There are different groups, depending on what you need: life skills, social skills and anger management. It’s not all work – there are leisure and recreation groups too! Keeping active and doing fun things helps you stay mentally healthy.

As part of your treatment, you will have individual therapy for about an hour every day. For overnight patients, there is evening programming. It might be yoga, massage therapy, hip hop dance or recreation activities. Your parents/caregivers also participate in the Connect Parenting Group. Everyone gets help!

How long will I be at ACT? 

Treatment usually lasts about four months.  There are youth care workers, nurses, licensed practical nurses, teachers, teaching assistants, social workers and a psychologist, cccupational therapist, recreation therapist and psychiatrist on your treatment team.  

Once you leave ACT,  staff provides four months of follow up support. A transition support worker meets you and your family at home – or in school. The staff who supported you at ACT will continue to support you once you leave. They are there for you - helping you make a successful transition back home.