Program focus: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Relationships

The Slaight Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program is a voluntary treatment program featuring a team of clinicians from Strides Toronto and the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. This is a 25-week therapy program provided to Scarborough youth with complex mental health conditions between the ages of 14 and 24 years. A family physician referral is required. Please visit your family doctor to discuss a referral to the Slaight DBT Program.

After a referral is submitted, you will be contacted for a telephone intake to determine your eligibility for this program. If you are eligible, you will be placed on a waitlist until a spot becomes available. Please be aware that wait times can exceed 6 months.

Each client will establish their own individual goals for treatment. Success is defined by a decrease in harmful and unwanted behaviours and an increase in skillful behaviours. Success is impacted by the effort put forth by each client to actively engage in all components of their program and to implement the skills in their everyday life.

Program focus: Anti-Human Trafficking, Bilingual Services (French), Case Management, Child Welfare, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, School, Sex Work, Sexual Relationships, Skill Development, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Work more…

Youth In Transition Workers aim to meet youth where it is more convenient for them, in the community, at coffee shops, libraries or at the office. Some resources and supports offered to youth may include:

  • Housing and or educational supports
  • Employment and services training
  • Life skills (e.g., financial management and household management)
  • Legal services and psychoeducation
  • Health and mental health services
  • Access to Trauma Therapy and Human Trafficking Peer Support Group
  • Snacks and TTC fare for case management needs
  • Access to Strides Food Mart available upon sign up

In addition to the above supports, Strides YIT workers provide targeted/focused assistance in the following areas:

  • Mental Health and Addictions YIT
  • Bilingual (French speaking) YIT connects youth with Francophone resources within their communities.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking YIT provides individualized case management to youth at risk of sexual exploitation and Human Trafficking.

The length of work with youth varies based on their long-term and short-term goals. Once youth provide consent, referrals can be emailed directly to our team:

Eligibility Details

Youth aged 16 – 24 years and is:

  • in Extended Society Care or
  • in a formal Customary Care arrangement immediately prior to the youth’s 18th birthday or
  • eligible for support under Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) or
  • accessing Ready, Set, Go (RSG) funding

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