Day Treatment (Over 12)

Lutherwood's Day Treatment Over 12 stream is a therapeutic service for youth between 12 years of age and up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioural difficulties. In partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board, this program combines a supportive school environment with therapeutic and skill training activities designed to foster normal adolescent growth and reach treatment goals.

Location, Hours, and Length of Program

The Day Treatment program operates out of Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre at 285 Benjamin Road in Waterloo, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The length of the program varies and is based upon the child’s individual needs and treatment goals. The Day Treatment team works collaboratively with staff from the child’s home school to help the child successfully transition back upon discharge from the program.

Our Approach

The Day Treatment program helps develop emotion regulation skills, interpersonal skills, self-care skills, and problem-solving skills using strength-based and evidence-based treatment approaches.

We provide:

  • an individualized education program and the opportunity to attain credits
  • mental health treatment appropriate to the child’s individual needs
  • individual, family and group counselling based on treatment goals
  • skills teaching and coaching of Dialectical Behaviour Informed Therapy (DBT-I) strategies (life skills, emotion management, positive peer interactions and self-esteem)
  • indoor and outdoor recreation, aquatic programming and community outings
  • school and community integration support

Our Treatment Team

Each youth is assigned their own Primary Worker and Clinician who work with the youth and their families to develop individualized treatment goals. Our multidisciplinary treatment team then supports the youth and family in achieving these goals.

The treatment team includes: Program Manager, Teacher, Day Treatment Supervisor, School Transition Worker, Child and Youth Counsellors, Nurse Therapist, Clinician, Music Therapist, Psychologist, Recreation Therapist, Psychiatric services are arranged with local medical professionals as required.

How to Access

This program is accessed through Lutherwood’s Front Door by calling 519-749-2932 Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Our intake clinicians will help determine if this program is right for your family.

To make a referral, please visit Information for Community Partners.