Pathstone provides a range of programs to the community which are not government funded. Therefore there is a fee for these services. These services often supplement the mental health services that are government funded. The services range from workshops for parents and professionals, to groups for children and youth, to management services and training for community agencies
A Psycho-Educational assessment may include any combination of interviews, questionnaires, and observations that are compiled into a written report. The testing materials that are used depend on the age and the need of your child and the assessment really depends on the nature of the child’s problems.
The assessment is designed with your child’s needs in mind so only the assessor can determine the time it takes to complete the assessment. At the end, you will receive a written copy that you can then take it to school for any accommodations that may be needed.
Applied cognitive functioning assessments
These types of assessments use a number of standardized measures. This assessment assists in identifying specific treatment needs and the most appropriate or effective treatment. The second goal is to identify areas where your child may have limited skills or lagging skills. We believe that children know that their life would be much happier and more productive if they did not get into trouble and if they followed expectations of home and school. Therefore, when children are having difficulties conforming to expectations, the assessment identifies those lagging skills and provides directions as to how to enhance those skills and problem solving techniques that parents can use in the home. Following the assessment parents and caregivers will be provided a one-hour educational session on problem solving techniques. Additional hours can be arranged. These assessments typically require 5-8 hours of testing, followed by analysis of the data and then a written report. Please refer to fee schedule below.
Workshops for parents and professionals
Our workshops are designed for parents, counsellors, child-care workers, teachers and other professionals in the never ending quest for answers on how to guide a child/youth (0-18 years) on the path to becoming a healthy and happy adult.
“I love my children but found myself getting more frustrated with their behaviour and was often angry with them. This workshop helped me learn ways to change their behaviour – and my own. I’m having fun with my kids again.” — Mother of two
Pathstone workshops are facilitated by well trained professional staff who have many years of experience working with children/adolescents and families who suffer from mental health problems. Many staff have more than one degree/diploma, and a graduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, and Education. We also have access to psychologists, a pediatrician, and a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
- Workshops vary between 2 and 3 hours in length.
- Payment for workshops can only be accepted by CASH or CHEQUE.
- Child Care is not provided for most groups and workshops at this time; however, Child Care may be available, with 2 weeks notice.
The workshops will be held at our Branscombe Mental Health -St. Catharines location;
- Cost for each workshop is $30 per person
- A “Certificate of Completion” will be provided to each participant
- Child Care may be available with 2 weeks notice
- For a list of all upcoming workshops, please click here.
For more information on any of the workshops call 905-688-6850, ext. 163, lease leave your name and a telephone number where you can be reached.
Workshops will be scheduled as demand warrants.
Divorce and separation services
Separation and divorce impacts all children regardless of how well parents are getting along both during and after the break-up.
It is important to help children and families cope with change and for children to maintain relationships with both parents after separation as much as possible. Children can feel responsible for the family break-up, or hold on to a false hope that their parents may get back together. Our separation and divorce programs are focused on promoting a healthy adjustment for children and youth.
Parent and child reconciliation counselling
Reconciliation counselling offers a divorced/separated parent who has not seen their child(ren) for a period of time, or children who are resisting visits an opportunity to re-connect and re-establish a relationship in a supported, neutral, and safe environment. Custody or access must have been agreed on and/or court ordered.
Trained counsellors work separately with the child, the custodial parent, and the non-custodial parent to uncover reasons why there may be resistance. The counsellor then works towards re-establishing the relationship, provided it would be in the best interest of the child(ren) to do so. This reconciliation program has had a 72% success rate in helping families move forward with visitation.
Reconciliation Counselling is available without a legal agreement.
In response to requests, it is possible to enter into Reconciliation Counselling without either going to court or working with lawyers to achieve an agreement.
Submission of a Letter of Intent to Participate in Reconciliation Counselling by both the party seeking reconciliation and the parent/guardian of the child (or children) will start the reconciliation counselling process.
All guidelines in the Letter of Intent and relating to the process of Reconciliation Counselling must be followed or the contract will be terminated.
Pathstone Mental Health strongly suggests that legal counsel be sought before entering into any process related to Divorce and Separation that may go before the courts.
Fee: (You may be eligible for group insurance coverage through your employer.)
- Retainer $950
- There is a one time charge of $170 to open your file
- $95 per hour
One to one counselling is available with a trained clinician to assist children or families to cope with the stresses of separation & divorce, as well as adjust to issues related to living in a blended family.
Fee:(You may be eligible for group insurance coverage through your employer.)
- $425 retainer
- then $95 per hour
Custody and Access Assessments
A custody and access assessment is used by the Court to help determine the best interests of the child. The assessment addresses the needs and interests of the child and seeks to determine what parenting arrangement can best meet both of those needs.
The Assessment is completed by a registered Social Worker and is based on two primary sources: information gathering and interviews. The information gathering portion of the assessment will draw from a variety of sources which typically includes a review of the court records pertaining to the current matter, criminal reference checks on the parents (and on new partners, if applicable), school reports, previous assessments, medical reports and reports from the local children’s aid society.
During the interview portion of the assessment, the Social Worker will meet with the children and both parents, as well as new partners. Interviews with other collateral individuals may be scheduled based on the needs of the child and the family dynamics.
Upon completion of the Assessment Report the assessor will meet with the parents to review the Report and its recommendations. This meeting may also include the parent’s lawyers.
To make a referral, the parent/guardian can call Pathstone directly at 905-384-9551, ext. 258 and speak with Christine, who will take the necessary information and assign a Social Worker to the family. The family will then be contacted by the Social Worker to set up an appointment.
Fee: A retainer of $3600 will be required at the commencement of service. The hourly rate charged for the assessment is $120/hour. A custody and access assessment typically takes between 50 and 75 hours to complete.