Parent Adolescent & Child Counselling Program (PACC-P)

The Parent Adolescent & Child Counselling Program is a home-based, short-term intervention (4-6 months) for children and youth, ages 6-17, and their parents/caregivers. PACC-P includes individual counselling for the child/youth, parent/caregiver support and school collaboration, in order to improve the child/youth’s problem-solving and coping skills, decrease family conflict, and strengthen relationships at home and at school.

Goals of the Program:

  • To build and strengthen positive relationships between children and adolescents and their families/caregivers
  • To decrease family conflict and develop effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • To increase the child/youth’s emotion-regulation skills in order to improve their functioning and increase success in school and in the community
  • To increase pro-social behaviour in the school and community and to establish positive relationships with peers and within the school
  • To strengthen collaboration between parents/caregivers and school teams to effectively support the child/youth
  • To strengthen family/caregiver network of supports and increase knowledge of community-based resources and services

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Children ages 6-17, who live in Peel Region
  • Children/youth who are experiencing conflict with their parents/caregivers and difficulties across systems, including family, peers, school and/or community
  • Children/youth presenting with several of the following: mental health issues, non-compliant behavior, aggression, truancy, social isolation, low self-esteem, poor socialization skills
  • Parents/caregivers who voluntarily agree to participate in a home-based family program

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Parents/caregivers or children/youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • When the safety of the Worker cannot be ensured

Referral Sources:

  • Self-referrals
  • Community Service Providers
  • Peel CAS
  • Peel School Boards
  • Hospitals
  • Youth Justice Services

Referral Process:

Referrals from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board are made by School Support Staff Team Members. The referral form is completed and forwarded to the Senior Social Worker, who then sends the referral to the AYSP Intake Specialist.

Referrals from the Peel District School Board are made by Professional Student Services Personnel Staff, who send the completed referral directly to the AYSP Intake Specialist.

Parents/caregivers can make a self-referral by contacting WhereToStart.caLink opens in new window or by calling 905.451.4655.

The PACC-P Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.