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Relational Child and Youth Care Practice

Relational Child and Youth Care Practice:

Each child/youth is regarded as a holistic, autonomous individual, not merely a set of symptoms or problems. The child’s overall psychological wellbeing and self-confidence are improved through the creation of caring, trusting relationships. This also optimizes the creation of neural pathways in response to new skills and thought patterns. Strategies are individualized to match the specific needs of each child and youth.

Self-Regulation and Neuroscience

Poly Vagal Informed:

Neuroscience offers us amazing tools to understand how our bodies and minds respond to our internal and external worlds. Becoming conscious and knowledgeable in these areas allow us to create the conditions for us to experience self regulation.

Focus on Strengths

Strength Based:

Areas of success, coping skills, and resilience are emphasized and developed. All behaviour is a person’s attempt to achieve self regulation. Understanding what purposes it is serving allows for a “no shame, no blame” approach to changing behaviour. 



Fostering in-the-moment self-awareness helps reduce stress and promote emotional regulation. Mindfulness increases awareness of your internal system such that you can be more conscious of parts of self that are being activated. Being able to name it, means that you can tame it!

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Informed

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Informed:

In response to life’s challenges and struggles we develop various parts to cope. Understanding our own internal systems allows us to be more self-led.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT):

Negative, self-defeating thought patterns are examined and replaced with more empowering thought patterns. We have ancient systems that focus on the negatives in life as way to protect us. Learning how to override this ancient negativity bias can create a more peaceful life.

Family Involvement

Family Involvement:

Family members are included as key supports in the change process. Program staff members work in collaboration with parents/guardians to develop individualized strategies to assist the children/youth.  

Special Events

Special Events

For Parents and Families

Parents and Families

For Children and Youth

Children and Youth
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