The Middleton program is licensed for 6 females aged 7 through 18 and provides assessment and treatment for girls who have a variety of problems as a result of abuse, neglect or chaotic family dynamics. Each girl has her own bedroom. The emphasis is on providing an environment in which the child'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 continuing development. The full-time team consists of the program manager, 3 full-time Child & Youth Workers and a school staff person. 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 are dealt with.
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 once reviewed, a thorough treatment plan is decided upon. Dr. Charlie Menendez of Telka, Smith & Associates or any other qualified therapist can provide individual therapy for the children. These services are on a cost-sharing basis between the placing agency and Mon Ami.