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The stabilization program provides quick access, no-fee crisis services for families with adolescents who are experiencing serious family crises. The program provides a temporary placement (averaging 3 to 5 days) for adolescents and mediated family visits in order to stabilize the crisis situation. Typical family crisis may center on family conflict, behaviour management problems, school difficulties or suicidal ideation. At discharge, families are offered three follow-up visits with a Family Support Counsellor to consolidate the work they have started while the youth was in the program.
A multi-disciplinary team of professionals, including youth/family counsellors, therapists, nurses, psychiatrists, and teachers, work with both the young person and the family to facilitate more productive ways of interacting and managing conflicts, developing additional coping skills and enhanced communication strategies. The program also advocates for – and links families to – appropriate community services in order to sustain and support healthy family interaction. A specialized school setting is available for continued academic attendance and to develop strategies to support success in the young person's community school placement.
The program also offers a 30-day assessment for adolescents with Child Intervention Status in order to provide recommendations and viable options for future placement. The assessment process identifies individual and family needs in the areas of school, community, culture, recreation, and medical/psychiatric issues. Assessment information is gathered by obtaining relevant history, observation, purposeful individualized behavioural interventions, interpersonal interactions and therapy sessions.
The Community Resource Team at Wood’s Homes (CRT) is the primary referral source, as they identify families who require intensive crisis placement for their adolescents. CRT represents the least intrusive service ranging from phone conversations to home visits. When the assessment of the crisis reveals the family requires more intrusive interventions, CRT makes a referral to the Stabilization Program.
If you are a parent or caregiver seeking support and guidance regarding a child or youth, or if you are looking for information about Intake and Referrals to a residential program, please call our Community Resource Team at 403-299-9699.
If you are a parent or caregiver seeking support and guidance regarding a child or youth, or if you are looking for information about Intake and Referrals to a residential program, please contact our National Intake Co-ordinator (info below). You are also welcome to complete the referral package found at the link below. It can be faxed or emailed.
Intake Co-ordinator: Joyce McDonald
805 37 St. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N8
Click here to download our Referral/Intake Package