Youth Programs

AYSP offers office-based, outreach and virtual counselling programs for youth, ages 12-17, and at times their caregivers. Programs focus on managing mental health issues; school/employment issues; housing and connection to services, including transitions to adult services; and support for youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

Adolescent Team

This counselling program is for youth ages 12-17, and at times their parents/caregivers. Sessions occur in the family home or community and/or virtually once a week for 6-8 months. The program is part of a partnership with the Peel Children’s Aid Society and the EveryMind Wraparound Program, with the aim of preventing out-of-home placement.


The Counselling Program provides individual and/or family counselling for children and youth ages 0-17 who are experiencing mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, history of trauma, or struggling with grief and loss, family or peer issues. Sessions are client-centered and goal-focused, and occur in the office and/or virtually. Length of service may be up to 6 months, as determined by client need.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program (DBT)

This program provides therapeutic services to youth ages 14-17 who have experienced suicidal thoughts, actions, and/or self-harming behaviour in addition to quality of life-interfering behaviours and interpersonal issues. Support includes weekly in-person individual therapy sessions and group skills training, 24/7 phone coaching for youth and caregivers, and family counselling as needed. Treatment ranges from 6-12 months.

Section 23 Classroom

For Grade 9 and 10 students unable to attend regular or special education classes within a community school, Peel District School Board and AYSP jointly deliver Section 23 classroom programs in two Peel secondary schools. Programs are personalized and designed to address the students’ individual academic, social and emotional needs, and assist the home school in developing education plans/programs upon discharge.

STEPS – Youth Community Counselling Program
(Formerly RAIN and TAYO Programs)

The STEPS – Youth Community Counselling Program is an outreach-based and/or virtual counselling and case management programs for youth ages 15-17 years.  Counsellors meet youth where they are at, providing support to youth experiencing on-going mental health challenges, who may be under-housed or homeless and/or likely to transition into adult services.  This program utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach, focusing on immediate needs and long-term goals.

Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB)

The YBB Program provides confidential services for youth ages 12-17 who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. The program offers in-person and/or virtual individual counselling, weekly youth groups, and community capacity building around 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion.

“Thank you so much!  Keep changing lives.”

DBT Program Client

“It was a good experience being with AYSP because most of the things I didn’t know how to do, they helped.  And I would recommend it to anyone.”

RAIN Program Client