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TIDE-Y Program

Treating Individuals with Dysregulation Emotions for Youth (TIDE-Y)


Children’s Centre Thunder Bay offers the TIDE-Y program for youth ages 13 to 18 who are struggling to manage their emotions, and/or who struggle with suicidal thoughts or self-harm. The program involves weekly individual therapy sessions that will last for a minimum of 6 months, as well as a skills group for youth and their caregivers that consists of weekly group meetings over 15 weeks.


The ultimate goal of the TIDE-Y program is to improve the quality of life for youth who are experiencing significant distress. This is accomplished through dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which is a well-researched technique that is often used to support people who have difficulty managing their emotions and behaviours. The program focuses on developing a youth’s skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, effective interpersonal interaction, and “walking the middle path,” which is a way of thinking that avoids extremes and focuses on compromise and positivity.


DBT functions under the belief that people want to improve, and the TIDE-Y program can help youth to do that.


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