At Bayfield we employ three-interdependent components in helping at-risk children and youth to attach:
Care. Treatment. Educational Elements.
In this framework the at risk child with a history of adversity is helped to develop supportive relationships with adults, to form peer relationships, develop socialization skills, focus on self-worth, engage in appropriate behaviour, practice life skills, manage stressful situations, and strengthen family relationships. In our highly supportive environment, the at-risk child interacts daily with caretakers who consistently reflect the child's positive psychological self.
The Treatment Team Model
As we have developed residential and clinical programming, we have recognized the ideal composition of our treatment team includes joint leadership provided by a Program Manager and Clinician, with the support of a Case Manager.
While the Program Manager is responsible for the direct supervision of program staff, he or she works in cooperation with the Program Clinician to design the therapeutic elements of the milieu, child-specific interventions, group processes, and staff training events. The Case Manager ensures the timely completion of documentation and works directly with the child in relation to program goals.
Treatment teams enable each program to receive consistent clinical planning and programming, meaningful integration of residential and clinical programming, and specialization of program objectives to reflect the blend of program management, clinical skill, and client need. By utilizing this treatment model, all programming and treatment planning is specific to the needs of the milieu of each residence. Important people involved in the treatment team include the family and child welfare staff.
Easing the Transition
By increasing children's self-esteem and creating a safe and structured environment where children and youth can learn by their experiences and choices, we enable children and youth to make the transition to less intrusive living environments through Bayfield's continuum of care with an eventual repatriation to their own home communities, i.e., kinship care and independent living.
Our nine-bed programs serve the needs of children and youth who require a highly structured living environment and intensive therapeutic intervention. Residents are placed in programs based on both their age and presenting issues. Children and youth are assessed individually to determine their ability to move to a less structured environment on an on-going basis. Length of stay occurs on a short- or long-term basis.