Welcome to Knowles Centre

Welcome to Knowles Centre. We are a non-profit treatment centre for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Knowles Centre began as an orphanage for boys in 1907. Today, Knowles Centre provides group care treatment, day treatment, sexual abuse treatment, treatment foster care, and independent living programs to both boys and girls and their families from Manitoba and other communities throughout Canada.

Every year we assist almost 250 boys and girls in our five core programs and supporting treatment services. Sadly, many come to us in crisis, their young lives already affected by neglect, physical or sexual abuse, racism and hopelessness. We provide a safe environment where clients receive treatment that helps to heal their hearts, minds and souls and puts them on a path to a better future. 

Our website will provide you with news about programs and activities taking place on our campus and in our community-based facilities, as well as updates on new initiatives at Knowles Centre.  We also want to let you know how our staff, volunteers, donors and our friends in the community are making a difference in the lives of children and youth receiving services.

Understanding & Treating Youth Self-Injury with Dr. Laurence Katz
Knowles Centre is pleased to present:
Understanding & Treating Youth Self-Injury with Dr. Laurence Katz
Three dates to choose from:
April 8, April 15, or May 13, 2016
(All workshops run 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Rossmere Country Club, 925 Watt Street, Winnipeg
Incidents of self-injury are growing exponentially. While most often youth ages 12 and older are turning to this unhealthy coping mechanism, even younger children are displaying such behaviours.
Commonly youth are cutting their arms, thighs and bellies with whatever sharp edge is available to them. Others burn themselves, or repeatedly bang their fists or heads on a wall. Hair-pulling, tattooing, and piercing can also have roots in self-injury. It can affect children from all backgrounds and families.
Self-injury is a symptom of deeper issues such as anxiety or depression that stem from complex causes. Even those that don’t meet the criteria for such disorders share a troubling trait: they lack the skills to cope and to manage their emotions. Self-injury is a way of giving the body a whole different set of inputs that allows the youth not to feel so awful inside.
Dr. Katz is highly sought for his research and expertise in the treatment of suicidal behaviours and youth self-injury. Using adolescent dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as a method of treatment, he helps give kids alternative ways of coping so they don't harm themselves.
In this one-day workshop, Dr. Katz will discuss:
  • Non-suicidal self-injury and its prevalence among today’s youth
  • Understanding why youth harm themselves  and the functions of this behaviour
  • Assessment of youth who self-injure and developing a treatment approach for this problem
  • Interventions that can help youth reduce or stop this behaviour
 Registration only $60 per person or $50 per person when a group of 5 or more from the same organization register together.
Call us at 204-339-1951 or click to complete your registration now! 
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Laurence Katz, MD, FRCPC, is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg. He took his medical training at the University of Manitoba and earned his MD in 1993. He took his adult psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba and then went to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York to complete his training in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his board certification in 1998. Dr. Laurence Katz has had a leading role in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who self-injure in Manitoba. He has been invited to speak on this topic at international conferences and has published extensively in the area. 


The training is for youth care and support workers, social workers and therapists, foster parents, educational professionals, and other caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to deal with children/youth who engage in self-injurious behaviour. 


Registration includes morning refreshments.  Lunch not provided.  Guests may wish to visit Rossmere’s Greenview Dining Room overlooking the golf course: pre-order from the online menu, try the buffet or order one of the daily features. Contact Rossmere Country Club at (204) 988-1532 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for info. 

Free parking available

Receipts and certificates will be distributed at the registration table.

Sorry. Refunds cannot be made after registration is processed. Substitutions may be made, if necessary. Advance notice requested. 


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