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In addition to individual evaluation and therapy, Centre MDC offers the following programs and services:
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS:
All programs run from six to ten weeks, depending on the program and the time of year.
SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP
This program is for children and adolescents who are shy, withdrawn, asocial and/or who have ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, or behavioural difficulties. Some of the goals are to learn proper social interaction, sharing, cooperation, role-playing, and discussion. Participants play a variety of games and activities designed to teach and strengthen social skills, and take part in group discussions on strategies for getting along with others.
ADOLESCENTS WITH ADHD and/or LEARNING DISORDERS
Participants learn how to survive and succeed in high school. This program focuses on organization, study skills, memory, executive function ability, and appropriate classroom behaviours. There are also two evening parent sessions to discuss the program.
A major issue underlying bullies and victims is poor interpersonal skills. Children and adolescents, like adults, may be passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, submissive, and/or manipulative. This program is designed to help minimize the negative consequences of inappropriate playground politics. It includes many exercises, such as personal script writing and role playing, to teach children and adolescents to recognize these patterns of interacting in themselves and in others, and then teach them assertive styles of relating.
ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
This program explores techniques to recognize anger and its sources. Anger management strategies as well as skills and coping techniques are taught through drawing, storytelling, role-playing, games, group discussions, and journal writing (where appropriate).
PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS & ADULTS:
PARENT EDUCATION & SUPPORT GROUP
This program provides a chance for parents to share experiences and ideas in a relaxed environment with professional facilitators and extensive resources. Every week features a different topic, with a general discussion afterwards. Relevant readings are provided. Participants are involved in selecting the topics.
• Enhancing your child's self-esteem
• Improving your child's social skills
• Home & School - working together
• Sibling rivalry
• Homework hassles
• Working mothers
STRESS & YOUR CHILD
A program for parents, devoted to understanding stress in yourself and/or your child, and learning how to deal with it.
• What is stress?
• Stress at school; at home
• How children express stress
• Recognizing stress in your child
• Talking with your child about stress
• Stress management skills for children
• Progressive relaxation techniques
• Breathing techniques
• Mindfullness training
• Other cognitive behavioural techniques
ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR ADULTS
There are two programs, one for adults (to deal with their own anger) and one for parents (to focus on dealing with their children's anger as well as their own). The two programs differ only in the inclusion of parenting issues in the latter group - additional sessions to deal with issues such as "When anger hurts your kids," "Role modeling appropriate ways of handling anger" and "Dealing with the explosive child." Both programs follow an education and support format. Each session focuses on one technique or skill. Participants are given readings and other weekly assignments, and discuss their successes and frustrations as a group. Bibliotherapy and narrative therapy are used.
Weekly education and support program for adults with ADHD.
• Understanding ADHD
• Understanding executive function and emotional regulation
• Improving organizational skills
• Time and money management
• Improving interpersonal skills
• Improving attention, memory, and executive function
• Managing emotions
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
For individuals or families with a loved one who is dealing with multiple diagnoses and/or requires multimodal treatment from a variety of professionals, Centre MDC provides case management services that include:
• Coordinating all education, medical, and therapeutic services
• Developing a needs assessment and intervention plan
• Supervision and modifications of the plan, as needed
This service is designed to offer ongoing case management by Harriet Greenstone of an individual child or adolescent experiencing difficulties at home and/or at school, following an evaluation. Case management services are engaged on a monthly basis and consist of the following:
• Telephone/email communication with parents and/or schools (maximum 1 hr./week)
• One monthly in-person consultation with Harriet Greenstone (30 mins.)
• One weekly parent group, with general topics of discussion (1 hr.)
Written reports, detailed recommendations, and school meetings, determined on an individual basis, are available for an additional fee.
WORKSHOPS & CONSULTATIONS
Centre MDC provides consultation services to schools and daycares, and presents workshops at schools for parents and/or teachers on a wide range of topics.