Integrate Health Services offers different parent/guardian support programs designed to cater to the specific needs of caregivers and families. Our Parent Support Programs are accessible in-group programs or in one-on-one settings and aim to provide parents/guardians with support and skill development.
Parent Education Nights are run monthly at Integrate Health Services and focus on specific topics of interest, with a new theme each month! Parent Education Nights are aimed to provide parents/caregivers with the opportunity to learn, to share, and to discuss information and strategies to enhance their parenting experiences. Each program is 90 minutes and will include presentation and opportunity for questions and discussion. Presentations will be facilitated by our highly skilled team of multi-disciplinary professionals including: Psychologists, Social Workers, Teachers, Child and Youth Workers, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to be actively involved in discussion as they can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise and can learn from one another!
Group Triple P is an 8-session program, which employs an active skills training process to help parents/guardians acquire new knowledge and skills. This program provides practical help to assist in managing some common parenting concerns. Parents/guardians will develop positive parenting skills to manage misbehaviours immediately, use appropriate and effective discipline strategies and plan ahead to prevent challenging situations. As one of the few evidence-based parenting programs available world-wide and over 30 years of proven clinical research to support its effectiveness, parents/guardians can be sure Triple P works for the majority of families. Triple P has the seal of approval of parents, practitioners and experts world-wide. Triple P is for every parent/guardian, whether they have a specific problem or are just looking for advice on common everyday issues.
All children engage in inappropriate behaviours some of the time, such as not listening, difficulty transitioning between activities, aggression, whining, or complaining. Some children may also have challenges with completing activities of daily living such as brushing their teeth, getting ready for school in the mornings, eating nutritious meals, and independently using the bathroom. Often children will outgrow these behaviours but when they persist or are extreme, they can create issues with daily family living, increase parental stress and decrease overall quality of life. Behaviour Consultation is aimed at helping parents understand why their child is engaging in inappropriate behaviours and developing a plan to address them. During Behaviour Consultation the Behaviour Consultant will work directly with parents/caregivers, however it may be appropriate for the child to access individual therapy as well to learn skills that may help with their behaviour, such as emotional regulation skills or other coping strategies.
* This program is also accessible to parents/caregivers of children and adolescents with a developmental disability.
A Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) is a highly trained professional in the area of assessing the “whys” of behaviours. The BCBA, or a Senior Behaviour Therapist being supervised by a BCBA, will meet with the family to assess why your child is engaging in challenging behaviour and to develop and plan to address it. With an understanding of how complex family life can be, strategies are tailored to fit the family dynamics in the real world. Ongoing parent training sessions to discuss, develop, implement and review strategies are available as needed.
The format of Behaviour Consultation varies from family to family depending on the family’s challenges, needs, and progress. There are typically four phases of consultation:
1. Intake – Completion of an Intake Package
During the intake process we gather information about your family and your child, including the challenges that you’re having and your goals of service through completion of our intake package. A FREE 15-minute phone call is then scheduled to gather further information, to provide you with more information about our services and to make recommendations regarding which package would be most suitable for your family.
If you decide to move forward with consultation, an assessment will be completed to determine WHY your child is having the challenges they’re having prior to developing a plan. The assessment may include, collecting information about their behaviour (who, what, where, when and how), completing questionnaires about their behaviour and interviews related to the behaviour. The assessment begins following the free 15-minute phone call and will continue during the first behaviour consultation session. An observation in the setting that the behaviours are occurring (e.g. school or home) may also be suggested to better understand the child and their individual needs.
3. Plan Development and Implementation
Based on the results of the assessment, a collaborative plan is developed. The plan will often incorporate things you can do to prevent the behaviour, skills that a child may need to learn to replace the behaviour, and what you should do when the behaviour happens. The Behaviour Consultant will work with you to ensure you understand the plan and feel confident implementing it.
The Behaviour Consultant will follow-up with you after the plan has been implemented to help troubleshoot any challenges you’re having and revise the plan if needed. Follow-up visits may occur at the clinic, or in your home/community where the consultant can observe the plan in action.