|Treatment - Clinical Therapy
Bayfield administers a psychosocial assessment to all Bayfield clients. The assessment is conducted within 30 days of a child's admission, every 9 months, and just prior to discharge.
The following measures compose the assessment:
- Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) – assesses the child's perception of being loved.
- Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) – an overall measure of general functioning of children and youth under 18 years old.
- Conners Global Index (CGI) – helps to evaluate reported behavior to determine the severity of presenting issues and measures change over time.
- Feelings, Attitudes and Behaviours (FAB-C) – provides insight into the child's feelings and attitudes that may be contributing to presenting issues; it is a multiperspective assessment of the child's social and emotional state.
- Symptom Assessment 45 (SA-45) – an assessment of symptomology to help diagnose, develop treatment plans and to measure outcomes, depending on age – measures the child's experience of emotional distress.
- Objective Stressors Checklist (OS) – an inventory of stressors experienced by the child provides critical information on inhibitors of future success.taps into the child's current worries/concerns.
- Level of Care (LOC) – measures the level of behavioural support and supervision required for normal daily routines.
The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) is used to assess each child's level of academic achievement at intake or the start of the new school year, and subsequently at the end of each school year while the child attends Bayfield School. Selected subtests are administered to provide a measure of the child's overall competency in reading and math.
Bayfield has an extensive library of testing instruments in order to conduct further psychological assessment, as may be required. A request for assessment may be made by any member of the treatment team (parent/guardian, clinician, teacher, psychiatrist, residential staff, or team leader). Through collaboration, Bayfield's Psychological Associate reviews requests and determines how best to proceed. Not all children and youth require further psychological assessment.
Individual therapy involves psychotherapy including play therapy and art therapy, trauma work, and a cognitive-behavioural approach.
Group psychotherapy is designed to help our children and youth to improve their ability to cope with difficulties and problems in their lives. The session is with peers. Group therapy focuses on interpersonal interactions and relationships.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Many of our children and youth benefit from art therapy.
Play Therapy provides an opportunity for the child to 'play out' his or her feelings and problems. A child's self-understanding is one of the goals of this approach.
Family Therapy is an essential part of our childrens' treatment plan, however it is not always possible to provide this treatment. Bayfield encourages the family to become engaged in the child's treatment.