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Compass Programs

Counselling & Therapy

Counselling and Therapy Services are available to help children and youth who have mental health concerns, and their families that cannot be addressed through less intensive means (e.g. brief services). The clinicians will work closely with the client and their family to specify goals and outcomes. Counselling and Therapy Services can include a range of approaches and settings (e.g., individual, group, family) as well as clinical practices (e.g., cognitive-behaviour therapy). Services are provided within the context of the family, culture, and community, and can be provided in a range of settings and frequency.

Stabilization Services

Following an initial crisis assessment and/or admission to the CAMHP unit at Health Sciences North (HSN), a consenting client may be referred to Compass for time-limited support to address their mental health crisis. A member of the stabilization team actively works with the client to stabilize crisis situations, mobilize supports, ensure urgent access to services, and may facilitate access to a range of longer-term resources.

Caregiver Skills Building

Caregiver Skills Building enhances parent/caregiver capacity to understand, support, and adaptively respond to the mental health needs of their children and youth. This service enables parents/caregivers to better address a child or youth’s mental health issues by changing attitudes, behaviours, providing support as they adjust to a new diagnosis, and/or work to increase consistency, predictability, structure and routines into the home.

Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) 

SNAP is a 13-week evidence-based program for girls and boys, ages 6 -12, and their parents/caregivers. This gender-specific cognitive behavioural model provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control, and problem-solving skills.

FRIENDS Anxiety Group

This is an evidence-based program created to assist children and youth, ages 4 -15, to learn important skills and strategies to cope with and sometimes overcome, anxiety problems. All groups are age-appropriate and have additional techniques for each stage of development.

Resource Program

The Resource Program’s purpose is to ensure the inclusion of children with special needs in licensed child care centres and to maximize their potential for active participation. Resource Workers will work with child care centres, community agencies and parents/guardians to support children with any need, including but not limited to, emotional, social, behavioural, and developmental needs. Compass offers this service in the areas of Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Chapleau and Sudbury East.

Supervised Access Program (SAP)

This Supervised Access Program provides a safe, non–threatening, child-focused, neutral environment for visits and exchanges between children and non-custodial parties or other family members. The program aims to decrease conflict and stress surrounding access to and/or exchange of children for separated/divorced families. It is available to those 18 years of age and younger. SAP is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services; click here for more information:

Developmental Services

This psychological service is available to children and youth (under 18) for diagnostic assessment of a suspected intellectual disability or for updated assessment to help support transition to adult developmental services. In addition, behavioural and mental health assessment may be provided for children and youth (under 18) who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Please contact the Children’s Community Network (CCN) for further information and/or to access the referral process.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please contact Crisis Intervention Services – Health Sciences North. 24 hour hotline—365 days/year 1.877.841.1101

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MINDSPACE offers mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.