Norwood Residence is licensed as a six bed assessment and long term program. The residence is a staff model home that accepts children and youth and provides a thorough assessment by both residential and day treatment staff. We accept both male and female residents in this program and each resident has his or her own bedroom. We hope to provide the placing Children's Aid Society Worker with a complete picture of the child or youth's needs in an effort to eliminate multiple placements. We will provide a complete behavioural assessment within 6 months of intake.
Dr. Anita Halpern is our consulting Psychologist. If the placing agency wishes a psychological assessment, this can be provided by Dr. halpern on a fee for service basis to the placing agency.
Our first goal is to stabilize the youth and develop an individualized program, which will enable the residential and day treatment team to address the issues and concerns which led to this placement. When appropriate, we encourage family involvement in order to assess the overall family functioning.
Within the home, we provide structure for the children and youth. The program uses a points driven level system. Since most children and youth needing assessment have difficulties with school, they will be placed in one of our day treatment classrooms in Peterborough. There is an anger management and social skills component that is delivered by Mon Ami staff in the day treatment classrooms.
There are planned daily and weekly activities in the house as well as in the community of Norwood and Peterborough. We feel that recreation is very important. Staff will accompany the residents during community outings, whether it be to the Peterborough YMCA, sports, movies, church or to the Peterborough Zoo. The Program Manager and full time staff are experienced Child and Youth Workers or have related training in the field of Child and Youth or Social Work. There is also an awake night staff to provide full time care and safety for the residents.