Woodlands Live-in Treatment

The Woodlands Live-In Treatment program is a therapeutic service for youth between 12 years of age and up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing significant mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Combining a family-based treatment model and a supportive school environment with therapeutic and skills training activities, this program helps to foster normal adolescent growth, healthy family relationships and achieve treatment goals.

Location and Hours

The program operates 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday out of Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre at 285 Benjamin Road in Waterloo.

Woodlands Cottage is a home-like environment where youth follow house rules and participate in structured groups, outings, recreational activities and chores.

Our Approach

Using a client-focused, strengths-based approach, we provide:

  • Individual, family and group counselling based on treatment goals
  • Individualized school program and the opportunity to attain credits
  • Skills teaching and coaching of Dialectical Behaviour Informed Therapy (DBT-I) strategies (life skills, emotion management, positive peer interactions and self-esteem)
  • Health education and assessment
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation, aquatic programming and community outings
  • Home and community reintegration support
  • Crisis support
  • Health consultations, teaching and support
  • Assessments, as required

Our Treatment Team

Each youth and family are assigned their own Primary Worker and Clinician who work collaboratively to develop individual treatment goals. Our multidisciplinary team then supports the youth and family in achieving these goals in collaboration with the youth, family and community partners, if required.

The Woodlands treatment team includes: Program Manager and Supervisor, Child and Youth Counsellors, Clinician, Intensive Family Support Worker (IFSW), Psychologist, Teacher, Nurse Therapist, Music Therapist, Recreation Therapist, School Transition Worker and 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