Our Youth outreach workers deliver a range of evidence based therapies including DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and trauma relating to addiction and substance use concerns. Counsellors provide individual counselling, advocacy, role modelling, youth focused groups and outreach through on-site, virtual and anywhere in the community. Youth Outreach counsellors work directly with clients to achieve their personal recovery goals.
YOUTH SMART RECOVERY
Youth SMART Recovery groups are a self-empowering support group for clients up to the age of 25. Our focus is to create a safe atmosphere for youth struggling with addiction. Youth SMART focuses on ideas and techniques that work to support change from self-defeating behaviors. Youth SMART Recovery meeting’s use scientifically validated methods to create self-empowerment, and development towards a lifestyle free of addictive behavior while also supporting the Harm-Reduction Model of recovery. SMART is not a 12-step program, rather a program which is evidence-based and aims to build practical, proven, self-management, and recovery skills.
YOUTH PEER SUPPORT
CASON has developed and implemented a Youth Peer Support program to better support youth struggling with addictive behaviors. Our Peer Support is modelled on the belief that lived experience is a great asset and addition to support positive lifestyle change. Peer support is not to replace counselling, rather to offer additional support through a lived experience lens. Our Peer Support team help co-facilitate group sessions, and are available for one-on-one contact with clients looking for additional lifestyle coaching.
START RECOVERY PROGRAM
(Supportive transitional Addiction residential treatment)
The START Recovery program takes on a client-centred approach, supporting individuals in achieving goals that they set for themselves.
Shared living space with gaming consoles, television, board games and other amenities.
Shared kitchen space
Staff are on site daily and include a residential supportive treatment addiction counsellor and peer support staff with shared lived experience.
Spacious backyard and outdoor sitting area
Residential, supportive treatment is more than just supportive housing. Our START recovery program includes the following:
- Youth smart recovery
- Self empowering support group for clients with a focus on creating a safe atmosphere for youth struggling with addiction
- Comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. DBT is a treatment program that is effective in treating a wide range of disorders
- Individual counseling
- Working directly with counsellors using a wide range of therapies either on site, virtually, or in your community
- Leisure activities – Includes but not exclusive to, kayaking, hiking, going to the gym, hockey and basketball
- Independent living skills
- Develop your skills in areas, such as budgeting, meal, planning, cooking, résumé building, goalsetting and more
Clients are expected to attend daily on-site treatment programs run by staff when able, are required to participate in DBT, and adhere to the agreements made when contracting for treatment.
Are you someone who:
- Does not meet criteria or has experienced barriers to existing services
- struggles with substance use, and or mental health
- Is within the age range of 18 to 25; is male identifying
- Is a resident of the Niagara region
- Is interested in engaging in participating in a clinical treatment model
*priority given to individuals who have struggled with opioid dependency or use
Referrals are accepted from multiple sources.
EARLY INTERVENTION FOR EMERGING ADULTS
In partnership with Niagara Region Mental Health’s Early Intervention program, this program offers comprehensive treatment planning and individualized therapy for individuals up to age of 25 who are experiencing untreated addiction and mental health concerns.
A formal diagnosis is not required. Services can be provided in our office sites, in the client’s home or at a location of their choice in the community.
YOUTH COMPREHENSIVE DBT
CASON is the first agency in the Niagara Region to be providing full DBT therapy with a specific focus on youth and emerging adults (under the age of 25).
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment program that is effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as substance dependence, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It balances thoughts, emotions and behaviors by enhancing skills to regulate emotion and reduce/eliminate high risk behaviors. The individuals learn to take action in their own life creating a renewed “life worth living.”
In partnership with Pathstone Mental Health, CASON counsellors provide on-site evidence-based DBT therapy to youth (under 25) through weekly skills groups while accompanied by their loved one of choice. (parent, grandparent, caregiver etc.). Families will learn how to develop adaptive coping skills for managing family crises while supporting youth’s effort to learn new skills and manage difficult emotions.
EMPOWERED KIDS GROUP
Do you know a child that has a significant person in their life (such as a family member, or other person with which they have frequent contact) that has an addiction issue?
Do you want them to learn more effective ways of coping with this experience?
If so, this 8 week therapeutic group might be for them!
*Partnership with Powerhouse
In partnership with the Niagara District School Board CASON provides on-site, in-community and virtual counselling for students struggling with addiction/substance abuse and comorbid disorders. School personnel, family members and youth themselves can request an appointment with our school-based substance use counsellors. Services are provided in either individual or group contexts for both youth and family members. Educational groups for ‘high-risk’ students designed to increase knowledge and induce positive choices through interactive and thought-provoking activities are provided at the request of school personnel.
R.I.S.E / Pathways (Reducing Incidents of Suspension and Expulsion): Partnered with the DSBN and John Howard Society. Youth Substance Use Counsellors supports individuals with setting goals, identifying triggers and developing healthy coping strategies to support their recovery.
Brock University: In partnership with Brock University CASON provides on campus substance use counsellors that provide individual weekly workshops surrounding mental health, substances/alcohol and overall wellness relating to student life.
Referrals are accepted from multiple-sources, including, but not limited to:
- Self-referral by phone
- Community agencies and organizations
- Internal referrals
- Contact CASON by phone: 905-684-1183
- Once connected with CASON, you will speak with our youth services coordinate to determine next steps.
CASON operates satellite offices throughout the Niagara region to better serve clients wherever they are. For all inquiries, please call our main line. 905-684-1183.