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Child and Family Day Treatment

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Who we can help

The Child and Family Day Treatment service welcomes children ages 5 to 12 years and their families who need support from a professional mental health team on a daily basis. Children come for diagnosis, behaviour management, and/or medication review.  

What happens in the service

The service runs four days per week for three and a half months. Half of each day includes group, individual and/or family therapy in areas such as anger management, school processes, parent training, social skills and relaxation. 

In the other half, the child is in a therapeutic classroom learning skills to assist them in being successful in their community schools.

One day per week, the child attends their community school. Part way through the program, the child will begin attending their community school two days per week. 

The goal is to help children successfully return to their communities and schools full time.  

Who you will meet

Our team includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, registered nurse, teacher and youth care workers. These professionals work with the children and families to address their specific needs with the above goal in mind.

The role of parents/guardians

Parent or guardian participation is required. Before a child begins participating in Child and Family Day Treatment, parents/guardians complete the basic Incredible Years parenting program. While participating in Child and Family Day Treatment, parents/guardians complete the Advanced Incredible Years parenting program and attend regular meetings in person or by phone with program staff. Parents/guardians may also be required to participate in family therapy. Please review our parent handbook for more information.

Where we’re located

The Child and Family Day Treatment service is located at Bayers Centre on Bayers Road in Halifax and operates Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information

For more information, download the Child and Family Day Treatment brochure.

To find out if this program is the right service to meet your needs, call our Central Referral service at 902.464.4110 or call toll-free, 1.888.470.5888 and ask to be connected to Central Referral.