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The Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling support to prenatal and parenting women under the age of 25 years. When working with youth who have substance abuse issues, including concurrent disorders, we adopt a harm reduction approach. The Counsellor uses various research-based, evidence-informed assessment tools when helping young people we support to move through the process of change. Aligned with our trauma-informed approach to service our Counselor is trained to conduct trauma-specific work and use a variety of treatment approaches. The Counsellor utilizes intake screening tools, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Short Screener (GAIN-SS) to identify mental health concerns and pursue one-on-one counselling. For intensive treatment, a referral is made to a partner agency.
The Counsellor provides support in both Waterloo and Cambridge locations. Our one-to-one counselling program helps pregnant and parenting youth make positive decisions for themselves, their pregnancy and their child.
SKILLS: Support and Knowledge for Independent Living and Learning Success.
This program provides young women with the skills to enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program follows a SKILLS checklist that will allow everyone to garner the tools to be stable, self-sufficient and live independently.
This program is offered in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Young women who are registered in our Section 23 School Program can receive a post-secondary school credit upon completion of this program. This program incorporates and promotes the positive parenting principles initiated by the Positive Parenting Community Committee of Waterloo Region.
Based on the unique needs of the young women and their current circumstances; community partners are invited to share their expertise on a variety of topics. These may include parenting, finances, relationships, independent living, mental wellness, addiction prevention/support, nutrition and more. This program enhances the work of all other programs by making connections to various community resources.
The Chaplaincy program offers spiritual guidance and support for day to day living. The Chaplain shows non-denominational respect and connection to faith groups and offers support during times of crisis. The Chaplain also facilitates a Pen Pal program linking young women to members of the community through written correspondence.
· Offered in partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health.
· This group-based program provides young women with resources, education and support during pregnancy to prepare for birth and parenting.
· This program, in conjunction with Prenatal Parenting Program, is also available to prenatal young women in the community who are not enrolled in other Monica Place programs.
· This group-based program is for prenatal young women to learn how their choices impact the development and physical and emotional health of their child.
· The program includes, but is not limited to, parenting styles and values, parent-child attachment and personal and social responsibilities of parents.
· This program is offered in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Young women who are registered in our Section 23 School Program can receive a post-secondary school credit upon completion of this program.
· This program, in conjunction with Prenatal Health Program, is also available to prenatal young women in the community who are not enrolled in other Monica Place programs.
· The prenatal residential program is a comprehensive, licensed, 24/7 care and treatment program for young women between the ages of 12 and 24, with multiple and complex needs during the prenatal period.
· Frontline staff provides 24-hour support and guidance for young women to navigate their way through psychological, emotional, behavioral, social, educational and everyday living concerns, as they prepare for the birth of their baby.
· While most of the young women in the residential program are planning to parent, we welcome and support young women who are planning adoption for their child as well.
· Offers a residential program for young women and their child, up to 6 months of age.
· Provides resources, support and hands-on learning.
· Encourages healthy attachment between parent and child and models positive parenting.
· Encourages the use of appropriate parenting strategies, including reading and responding to child’s cues.
· Emphasizes the importance of working with the mother-child dyad.
· Offers a supportive housing program for young women and their children up to 3 years of age.
· Provides individual planning and parenting support and learn independent living skills. This program makes important connections to outside community resources. The goal of this program is to empower young parents and their children to learn and grow as individuals, as a family and in their community.
· Emphasizes the importance of working with the mother-child dyad.
This 8-week evidence-based program offers an interactive learning environment. The goal of this program is for young parents to learn how the secure parent-child relationship can be supported and strengthened. The importance of parent child attachment is the focus of this program. This program is offered in both Waterloo and Cambridge. This group will help parents to:
· Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
· Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
· Enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem and
· Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure
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· This program is offered in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board.
· The program provides the opportunity for young women to receive elementary or secondary school credits.
· There is a focus on individual programs of study that are revised to accommodate varying levels of concentration, self-discipline, learning styles and well-being in order to meet the student’s needs and goals.
· Monica Place partners with the school program in offering content and facilitating groups, and in supporting young women to obtain their credits in the Prenatal Parenting and SKILLS courses.
· This program is available to any pregnant or parenting young woman, up to age 21, in the community, residents of Monica Place Waterloo or Monica Place Cambridge.
· Free childminding services are provided onsite in the dedicated childminding space for students in our Section 23 School Program. The care is provided by trained and dedicated volunteers with staff supervision.
· Prenatal young women have scheduled time in the Childminding Program with staff support to gain hands-on skills caring for babies.
· The Child Minding focuses specifically on the mother and child together as a whole, or what we refer to as the mother child dyad.
· The Child Minding program utilizes the Ages and Stages Questionnaire/Ages and Stages Questionnaire Social-Emotional (ASQ/ASQ-SE) tools to screen and assess the developmental performance of children at various ages. It is used to identify children who might benefit from a referral for further evaluation re: delayed development.
· Each parent is provided with a Developmental Support Plan which indicates activities that will support their child’s communication, gross/fine motor skills, problem solving, and social-emotional skills.
· This program incorporates and promotes the positive parenting principles initiated by the Positive Parenting Community Committee of Waterloo Region.
This program is for young women who are facing one of these unique circumstances:
· Young women who are working with Family and Children Services (CAS) on having their child returned to their primary care
· Prenatal young women who are planning to place their child for adoption
· Young women who enter our prenatal services and subsequently miscarry
Front line staff provides 24-hour support and facilitate planning for these young women to transition back into the community. They also provide residents with links to other community resources as needed.
We maintain a welcoming, safe and trusting environment by adhering to criteria that ensures each young woman and child in our care receives the quality of service and level of support they need, both from staff and peers in the programs. We feel that everyone deserves a chance and understand that each individual has a unique set of circumstances that are considered in our admission process.
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are pregnant
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, prenatal support and program structure offered in this program
· Requires safe housing that is staffed 24/7 during her pregnancy
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are parenting a child under 6 months of age
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, parenting guidance and program structure offered in this program
· Requires a supportive housing environment that is staffed 24/7 while she adjusts to parenting and plans to move forward
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are in one the following unique situations:
· Prenatal woman who has decided to place her child for adoption.
· Postnatal woman who has placed her child for adoption and is planning her next steps
· A woman who enters our services and subsequently miscarries and is planning her next steps
· A postnatal woman who is working with Family & Children’s Services (FCS) on a plan to have their child returned to their primary care
· Young women between the ages of 12-21 who are pregnant or parenting a child between the ages of 2 months and 24 months
· In need of completing high school credits
· If parenting, in need of childminding during the school day
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, prenatal/parenting instruction, social support and program structure offered in this program
If the person is not already a resident or a school student:
· Young women between the ages of 12-24
· Woman does not require housing or school programming and would benefit from attending these 2 groups with a focus on prenatal support/instruction/guidance
When the person is not already a resident or school student:
· Young persons between the ages of 12-24 who would benefit from learning how the secure parent-child relationship can be supported and strengthened
· Participants are not required to be part of our residential or school programs
· Young women between the ages of 16-24 who are parenting a child under the age of 3
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning and program structure offered in this program
· Requires short-term housing and has the ability to pay a monthly subsidized rent amount
Monica Place accepts referrals from a variety of sources including the youth themselves, family and/or an outside professional. Monica Place is continually looking at improving measures to access services and reduce wait times.
Once a referral is received the young woman will participate in a formal intake process to determine eligibility. Upon admission, a comprehensive orientation process that includes service delivery and coordination of each program is provided.