Children and youth come to Thunder Bay Counselling to get support for different issues at home or school. We offer friendly and welcoming therapists to help young people build confidence, reduce stress and find new ways to cope with personal issues.
Youth talk to us about a wide range of challenges including: anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, bullying, school stress, suicidal thoughts, violence, self-esteem, or others. We also work with children and youth who feel affected by their parent’s separation, divorce, or addictions.
Call us at (807) 684-1880 to learn more.
Child & Youth Services:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Assessment & Referrals
Peer Support Groups
Court Support for Victims & Witnesses
Child & Youth Programs:
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Child Protection Alternative Dispute Resolution
Child Protection ADR is a free service that helps families develop plans for children and youth when Child Protection Services is concerned about their well-being. This is a voluntary service that can be faster and less complicated than going through court.
The program is funded by the Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services. The program options are:
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)– can bring your family together with service providers, including Child Protection Services, to develop a care plan that makes sure everyone is safe and well.
Child Protection Mediation (CPMed)– a mediator will work with your family and the Child Protection Worker to talk through issues together and develop a plan for child(ren) that address the concerns raised by Child Protection Services.
Child Victim Witness Program
Child Victim Witness Program offers services free of charge if you are:
A victim or witness to a crime
Required to testify in court
Under the age of 18
Our workers will help you by:
Describing the court process
Preparing you to testify
Attending trial dates with you
Supporting you through the process
Did you know Ontario has a Victims Bill of Rights? It requires that victims be treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect for their personal dignity and privacy.
CHOICES is a free social skills program for young people aged 12-17 that supports youth to find the right direction in life. This program will encourage youth to think and act positively, feel more confident and learn healthy coping strategies with other young people. Group sessions are held every week for 10 weeks and are supported by community role models.
At CHOICES, youth will talk about and explore topics including:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
CHOICES is offered by Uturn, a partnership with Thunder Bay Counselling, Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and St. Joseph’s Care Group.
U-Turn provides seamless, easy access for youth to specialized mental health and substance use treatment. The program is offered by Thunder Bay Counselling, St. Joseph’s Care Group and Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. It provides counselling, treatment, support and information at no cost. When youth are ready to talk, we are ready to listen. Get more information about U-turn
Tomorrow Without Violence
Tomorrow Without Violence is a group for children and teens to learn about the impacts of domestic violence including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse.
The group provides a safe space to discuss the violence, begin to heal from its effects, and learn that it is not okay and not their fault. The group also supports mothers in learning how to support their children’s healing.
Youth-in-Transition and Housing Support Worker Programs
Leaving the care of the child protection system can be overwhelming with many unknowns. Thunder Bay Counselling’s Youth-in-Transition Worker Program is free and can help you transition into a new life with the right confidence, skills and community connections.
Workers assist youth ages 16-24 one-on-one to:
Access health and mental health services
Secure stable housing
Obtain education and training information
Connect to employment services
Identify and access life skills support
Locate legal services
Access Human Trafficking supports and resources
Housing Support Workers provide housing supports and services to youth aged 16 and 17 who are involved in Voluntary Youth Services Agreements (VYSA).
Where else to get help
If you or someone you know is being trafficked or is at risk:
If there is immediate danger or if you suspect a child under 18 is being trafficked, call 911 or your local police service.
Youth support when it’s needed most. Youth Outreach Counsellors provide support for youth ages 12-25 and their families. Youth Outreach Counsellors provide free short-term counselling where support services are not immediately available or access to further community services is needed.
Get support with issues related to:
Personal and/or family relationships.
For more information: call or text a Youth Outreach Counsellor at (807) 632-1223 or (807) 633-8273, review our information flyer, or view the video below