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Child and Family Programs

Healthy child development

Intensive Community and Home Services (ICHS)
Family and Community Counselling
Anxiety Programs

Intensive Community and Home Services (ICHS)

The Intensive Community and Home Services (ICHS) program provides intensive family-based therapeutic support for families with children ages 6-11 whose significant early aggressive, oppositional or defiant behaviours place them at high risk for future antisocial behaviour and negative outcomes.

ICHS Workers engage with children and their families to complete a thorough assessment and develop a collaborative intervention plan. Intervention plans are highly individualized and may include: individual, family and group counselling; SNAP® parenting strategies; home-based coaching and support; school support and advocacy; community support; and life skills coaching. Some children attend an on-site specialized classroom as part of their treatment plan, while others receive support to remain in their community schools.

Children are referred to this program through Toronto’s Centralized Access to Residential Services (CARS).

Family and Community Counselling

The Family and Community Counselling team provides counselling services for families with children from birth to six years old. Counselling is available for parents concerned about their relationship with their child and/or have children who are exhibiting social, emotional, and behavioural or adjustment difficulties.

Child and Family Clinicians provide counselling services tailored to each family’s needs. Services may include: family therapy; parent counselling; parent-child interventions; parental guidance and support; specialized group programs; in-home counselling support; liaison with schools; and service coordination. We work with parents to identify and build on strengths, and create individualized plans to address specific concerns such as the child’s needs, family issues, effective coping strategies and parenting styles.

Children are referred to this program through CDI’s Early Intervention Intake Services; priority is given to children under the age of three. Children ages 6-11 involved with other CDI services may also be referred to the program. 

Anxiety Programs

CDI, in collaboration with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH), provides evidence-based programs for families with children under the age of 12 experiencing anxiety issues that interfere with their functioning.

Parenting Group for Anxious Pre-Schoolers
Supported by United Way Toronto “Success by 6” funding, the Parenting Group for Anxious Pre-Schoolers (P-GAP) is a group for parents of younger children, typically kindergarteners, who are experiencing anxiety, are having difficulty overcoming fears or are socially inhibited. The 10-week parent group is co-led by a TEGH psychiatric expert in childhood anxiety and a trained CDI social worker. Children are referred to this program through TEGH intake services; a physician’s referral is necessary.

Cool Kids Anxiety Program
TheCool Kids Anxiety Program is a family focused 10-session program for children ages 6-11. Concurrent child and parent groupsare offered after the school at the TEGH site.  Referred children typically are exhibiting fears and worries that interfere with their daily lives. A TEGH psychiatrist and social worker along with two CDI social workers lead the child and parent groups.  The focus is on the children learning how to think realistically, face fears and develop effective social and communication skills. Parents build their skills in learning how to effectively coach their challenged children to cope with anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and learn specialized parenting strategies to help manage their children’s behaviour.

Children are referred to this program through CDI’s Early Intervention Intake Services.

Ongoing research and program development have been undertaken since the start of this program, which was initiated to provide services for an underserved area of the city.