Parent Adolescent Counselling (PAC-P)

PAC-P is a home-based, short-term intervention 4-6 months, which aims to decrease family conflict and improve family functioning, peer relations, and school performance. Sessions with youth aged 12-17 and their parents/ caregivers are goal-focused, strength-based, and occur once a week in the family home, community or youth’s natural environment.

Goals of the Program:

  • To decrease family/caregiver conflict and develop effective communication and problem solving skills
  • To build and strengthen positive relationships between adolescents and their families/caregivers
  • To improve the youth’s coping skills and increase pro-social behaviour to support success in school and in the community
  • To strengthen family/caregiver network of supports and increase knowledge of community-based resources and services

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Residents of Peel
  • Youth aged 12-17 yrs, and their parents/caregivers
  • Youth who are experiencing conflict with their parents/caregivers and difficulties across systems, including family, peers, school and/or community
  • 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 youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • When the safety of the Worker cannot be ensured

Referral Sources:

  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Peel District School Board

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. The referral form is completed and forwarded to the Senior Social Worker, who then sends the referral to the AYSP Intake Specialist.

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