|The Harmony program is licensed for 6 latency aged boys and provides assessment and treatment for boys who have a variety of problems as a result of abuse, neglect or chaotic family dynamics. Each boy has his own bedroom. The emphasis is on providing an environment in which the children's rights and dignity are protected. Dr. Anita Halpern guides treatment for the children and youth.|
The Program Manager oversees the residence and the home is staffed by qualified youth workers who receive in-service training and attend outside workshops for the continuing development. The full-time team consists of the Program Manager, 3 full-time Child & Youth Workers and a Day Treatment staff member. There is an awake night staff and a roster of permanent, part-time and relief staff.
Consultation services are an integral part of the program; this includes staff training and development and children's individual and group counselling. The interpersonal group is run by a qualified staff person in areas such as anger management, social skills, interpersonal relationships and effective communication.
Clinical assessments and support services are provided by Dr. Anita Halpern, C.Psych. Dr. Halpern meets with the staff once a month to review one child and review his genogram, life line, history of placements, school functioning, history of interventions, presenting problems, family contact, and current functioning. After this review, a thorough treatment plan is drawn up. Dr. Charlie Menendez of Telka, Smith & Associates or any other qualified therapist is available to provide individual therapy for the children. These services are on a cost-sharing basis between the placing agency and Mon Ami.
The local community school for Harmony House is Edmison Heights Elementary School. Mon Ami has a day treatment classroom available to the residents who require a specialized classroom in order to deal with their individual needs. We also provide a dedicated Day Treatment/Classroom worker who starts their day at the house helping out with morning routines and then accompanies the children to the classroom.