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Day Treatment Program

In partnership with Lakehead Public Schools and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Children’s Centre Thunder Bay offers a Day Treatment school-based program, which provides mental health intervention and a modified academic program for youth who are struggling to succeed in their present academic environment.


This program is designed for students in grades 1 through 8 whose academic success is hindered by social, emotional, and/or behavioural struggles, and where mental health assessment and treatment could be beneficial.


This program provides four specialized classrooms in which students attend a modified school day (usually 9:15 am - 2:15 pm), with each classroom limited to eight students. The school day consists of both academic instruction from a board certified teacher, as well as mental health treatment from Child and Youth Workers. A Social Worker (case manager) supports each student and their family, while the classroom staff is supported by a multidisciplinary clinical team at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. The goal of this program is to provide effective assessment and treatment in an effort to bolster the student’s ability to function in school, as well as to enhance the family’s capacity to support their child through that process. Active participation from the student’s parent/guardian is essential.


Upon completion of the program, the teacher and associated mental health professionals who have been involved in treatment will provide the student’s home school with a strategic plan to assist in the student’s successful transition back into that school.


Referrals are accepted through the school, with parental consent and collaboration. Parents interested in having these services provided for their child may contact their child's teacher or principal.


For more information, please call the Access Network at 1-855-486-5037, or Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.