Children's Centre Thunder Bay
School Services

School-Based Services
  • Provides intensive assessment and brief mental health counselling for children/youth who are experiencing severe social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties within a school environment
  • Service is provided to students within the community's three school boards

Day Treatment Program
  • Provides mental health intervention and a modified academic program for youth who are struggling to succeed in their present academic environment
  • Offers intensive multi-disciplinary assessment, recommendations and treatment in collaboration with the referred child, family and referring school
  • Addresses pertinent environmental factors for children experiencing serious behavioural difficulties within the school setting in order for children to be transitioned back into a regular school environment with improved student skills and strategies for school success
  • Services are offered by a multidisciplinary team including Social Workers, Child and Youth Workers and Psychologists
  • Additional services such as counselling or parenting programs may be offered or recommended, as required
  • The length of the program is dependent on the individual needs of each child
  • Offered in collaboration with the Lakehead Public School Board and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
The program is offered within a community school and on a modified day, with transportation arranged by the referring Board of Education
School-Based Services
Students in grades 1 through 8 who:
  • Function at or above the borderline range of intelligence
  • Are eligible to attend elementary school on a full-time basis within Thunder Bay in either the Lakehead Public Schools, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board or Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores borĂ©ales
  • Are struggling with mental health issues and have moderate to severe level of social, emotional or behavioural problems that impact their ability to function within a regular school setting
  • Have family or caregivers who are committed to participate in the family component of the program

Children are NOT eligible for services if there is documented evidence of a psychological or psychiatric profile that suggests that a different service is warranted, or the child:
  • Is functioning under the borderline range of intelligence
  • Has a primary exceptionality other than behavioural
  • Has family who refuses to participate in the family component of the program
  • Has needs beyond the resources of the program

Day Treatment Program
  • Students in grades 2 through 5 whose academic success is hindered by social, emotional, and/or behavioural struggles, and
  • Mental health assessment and treatment could be beneficial
Application Process
  • The referring school is required to complete the Children's Centre Thunder Bay Day Treatment referral form and attach specified academic documents
  • The referral form can be obtained by calling Intake Services at 807-343-5000 and is also available to School Board staff
  • The referral information must be shared with the parent/guardian and they must sign the form indicating that they are aware of the information and consent to the referral, and children over the age of 12 must also consent
  • Completed referral packages are to be forwarded by the referring school to their respective Board's Special Education Officer/Coordinator, who will then facilitate the referral to the Day Treatment Program
  • The family will be contacted once the referral package has been received
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(50) Non Profit ; (80) United Way
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Last Verified On June 13, 2019

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