Associated Youth Services of Peel

Youth Justice Counselling Program

The Counselling Program provides individual and/or family counselling for youth aged 12-19, who are on Probation and experiencing mental health challenges. Sessions are office-based and/or virtual and length of service may range between 6 to 12 months, as determined by client needs and goals.

Goals of the program:

  • To support and empower youth to effectively manage their mental health concerns
  • To improve youth’s capacity to effectively cope and manage emotions/behaviours, in order to reduce their risks of further involvement with the Youth Justice system
  • To improve youth’s relationships with family, peers and the community
  • To assist youth and their families to understand, cope with and resolve the impact of past trauma, as required

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth 12-19 years of age
  • Youth referred via Halton Probation
  • Youth experiencing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, behavioural issues such as aggression, impulse control and oppositional behaviour, history of trauma
  • Youth who voluntarily agree to participate in counselling

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • Where the safety of the Counsellor cannot be ensured

Referral Source:

Halton Probation

Referral Process:

The Probation Officers from Halton Probation complete a referral package and forward it to the AYSP Intake Specialist for processing.

The Youth Justice Counselling Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions regarding the referral process or program criteria.