The School-Based Program is a student focused therapy service that assists children who are exhibiting difficulties at school due to social, emotional or behavioural problems. This program is unique because it brings Pathstone Therapists into the school and is able to deliver services to where children spend most of their day.
Many of the clients served by this program are trying to cope with one or more mental health disorders or challenges such as: Conduct Disorder, Anxiety Disorder/s (Phobias, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), Psychiatric Disorder/s (Depression, Psychosis, Bipolar are the most common), Tourette’s Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress and Sexual Behaviour Problems.
A Pathstone Social therapist is assigned to a student once the referral has been received from Contact Niagara. The referrals for School-based Services are initiated by the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) Mental Health Leads as per the process delineated within each board.
The Pathstone School-based therapist will assist the individual and family in setting realistic goals to work on in therapy and together they will develop a treatment plan outlining how the work will be undertaken. The treatment plan may include referrals to other Pathstone or community services as required. It may also include referrals to Pathstone Consultants i.e Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist(s) or Psychologist.
Pathstone School-based Therapist will also liaise with the client’s school or other professionals to develop interventions across all domains.