Associated Youth Services of Peel

TREE Group (Tolerating & Regulating Emotions Effectively)

The TREE group is a 16-week Skills Group for youth, aged 14-17, which aims to enhance the youth’s capacity to cope with and/or problem-solve issues.  The group provides the opportunity to learn and rehearse new skillful behaviours, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, dialectical thinking and validation.

It is designed as an adjunct to existing therapy to support and enhance the learning of new skills with generalization into real-life situations.

Goals of the Program:

  • To increase the youth’s knowledge, acquisition and implementation of DBT skills
  • To increase the youth’s generalization of skills across all relevant social contexts
  • To improve the youth’s overall ways of coping with identified areas of concern

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth aged 14-17
  • Youth who reside in Peel
  • Youth who demonstrate a willingness to attend 16 consecutive weeks of group and have the capacity for insight and new learning in a group setting
  • Youth has 1 or more of the following: suicidal thoughts, infrequent or irregular suicidal urges, infrequent non-suicidal self-harm, emotion dysregulation, depression and/or anxiety, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, poor school attendance/school refusal, substance use
  • A Case Manager is actively involved with the youth (i.e. regular weekly sessions), and will remain active during the duration of the youth’s participation in the group

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who is actively suicidal and in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • Youth has a cognitive impairment which impacts the capacity for insight and new learning
  • Youth has episodes of psychosis, visual and/or auditory hallucinations which impact functioning
  • Youth requires the comprehensive DBT program

Referral Sources:

  • Community Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Peel School Boards
  • Peel Children’s Aid
  • Self/caregiver
  • Internal Referrals from AYSP Programs and community partners

Referral Process:

Community partners, youth and caregivers can contact the AYSP’s Youth Intake Specialist at 905.890.5222. Youth and caregivers can also make a self-referral by contacting or by calling 905.451.4655.  Partner agencies and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the TREE  Program via the Internal Transfer Protocol.