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2017-09-19

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Interim Executive Director Announcement

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Children's Mental Health Week 2017

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Intensive Family Consultation Resource

Who We Are

The Intensive Family Consultation Resource program (IFCR) is a specialized clinical consultation, assessment and training service focused on building on and enhancing the capacity of child welfare agencies to meet the high needs of families with lengthy child welfare and/or children and youth mental health service histories that are struggling to remain intact.

Clinical consultations and assessments can assist the referring agency in defining the mental health concern(s) and provide practical intervention strategies that can be implemented in the child/youth’s current environment. Additionally, psychoeducational trainings on topics related to mental health can provide child welfare agencies with
increased knowledge and additional strategies in meeting the needs of the children/youth and families they serve. The IFCR program works at both a direct service level with families and also at a systemic level. IFCR is a GTA based service and as such accepts referrals from Jewish Family and Child Services, Peel Children’s Aid Society, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and York Region Children’s Aid Society. The children/youth and families who are referred to IFCR usually have a history of CAS and/or children’s mental health service involvement. The child/youth up to the age of 16 may be at risk of being placed in out of home care. They present with complex emotional and/or behavioural difficulties at home, in school and in the community.

The Service We Offer

  1. Clinical consultation is a continuum of support to assist the service provider and in turn, the family in developing the least intrusive interventions based on the strengths of the child/youth and their family. Clinical consultation can assist the service provider in defining the mental health concern(s) and provide intervention strategies in the current setting. As well clinical consultation can convert assessment material into practical and pragmatic strategies, support the team in the implementation of these strategies, provide follow up and relevant information for service teams. A Case Consultation summary of the discussion and recommendations will be provided to the referral source.

  2. A clinical assessment is a process that assists in developing a further understanding of the mental health concerns and then formulating strategies for implementation. Clinical Assessments are usually required when the service provider has identified mental health concerns and the current strategies in place are not meeting the needs of the child/ youth and family. The clinical assessment may include: 

           a)  Gathering information about the specific concerns, background information of other interventions and
                collateral systems based on information from family, community and school sources.

           b)  Facilitating the completion of different assessment activities and tools targeted at clarifying the concern(s)
                through face- to-face interviews with the family system in the community or in a residential setting, and 
                formal and/or informal observation activities to gain further insight into the family system.

           c)  Developing recommendations and strategies for implementation.

  1. Training is delivered within a psycho-educational context on specific topics identified by the referring service
    provider. Training is offered and aligned within the training calendar plan of the organization.

Who Can Refer

IFCR is a GTA based service and as such accepts referrals from Jewish Family and Child Services, Peel Children’s Aid Society, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and York Region Children’s Aid Society.

The Clients We See

The children/youth and families who are referred to IFCR usually have a history of CAS and/or children’s mental health service involvement. The child/youth up to the age of 16 may be at risk of being placed in out of home care. They present with complex emotional and/ or behavioural difficulties at home, in school and in the community.

Service Flow

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IFCR - Service Flow 

 
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