What We Offer
Children and youth referred to BBS may be fighting, breaking
rules, having difficulties in friendships, falling behind academically or
having problems negotiating adult expectations. Problems are serious enough to
be noticed at home, at school, with peers or in the community.
We offer brief, goal-focused individual therapy for
children, adolescents and families to help them learn new ways to deal with
problems related to complex disruptive behaviour.
The Incredible Years Parenting Program is a 15-week parent
training group. It is offered to parents with children ages 6 to 12 who display
non-compliant, disruptive and aggressive behaviour. Through the program parents
work with trained facilitators to promote positive behaviour in their children,
reduce their parental stress, improve their relationship with their child, and
lessen their child’s disruptive behaviour. The program is offered both in the
daytime, and in the evening when the parents’ children are enrolled in the
Dinosaur Social Skills Program.
The Dinosaur Social Skills Program is a 15-week social skills
training group for children, ages 6 to 8, who demonstrate challenging
behaviours including non-compliance to adult requests, disruptive/aggressive
behavior and social behavior difficulties. The program teaches children
positive ways to communicate, solve problems, deal with anger, build
self-esteem and develop social skills. It is offered in the evening when the
children’s parents are enrolled in the Incredible Years Parenting Program.
Both programs use videos, exercises, homework, group
discussion and role-plays.
The Addressing Behaviour and Treatment Effectiveness Project (ABATE) is
a treatment study to evaluate the effectiveness of individualized child and
family treatment compared to group-based parent and child treatment for
children aged 9 – 12 with disruptive/aggressive behaviour (i.e., Coping Power). Parents and children who are a good fit for the
project are invited to participate in assessment and 15 weeks of either
treatment. Each form of treatment is geared towards developing children’s
skills with managing their anger, building more prosocial behaviours and
teaching problem-solving and social skills. The parenting component helps
parents develop more effective skills to manage their child’s behaviour,
promote better communication and positive behavioural development. Parent and
child groups are offered concurrently in the evening.
The CATCH Classroom is a 10-month, day treatment classroom, for
children, ages 6 to 8 with clinically significant emotional, behavioural and
learning complexities across settings. It serves eight children per academic
year. Individualised treatment plans are developed for children and families.
These incorporate therapeutic work within the classroom and regularly scheduled
child and family work. Each component is essential in providing effective
The CATCH Classroom is a partnership with the Toronto
District School Board (TDSB) and is housed on-site at CAMH, in the Child, Youth
and Family Program. It offers academic and therapeutic programming. The
academic programming follows the guidelines and curriculum set by the Ontario
Ministry of Education.