|Day Treatment Program|
Information for young people and their families
Knowles Centre offers five different programs for the young people it serves. For some clients, we provide a Day Treatment Program. That means you attend John G. Stewart School and meet with a therapist at Knowles Centre, but you continue to live in the community with your birth family, foster family or group home.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Day Treatment Program at Knowles Centre:
Day Treatment is a program provided by Knowles Centre and the River East Transcona School Division. Students attend classes at John G. Stewart School from Monday to Friday and meet with a professional therapist from Knowles Centre about once a week.
Students in the Day Treatment Program only attend school during the day; they do not live at the school or at Knowles Centre.
Like other students at John G. Stewart School, you have had problems at school with attendance, behavior, peer relations, and/or school work. As well, you may also be having problems at home, with your family, or in the community.
Teachers at the school and staff at Knowles Centre know that this can make it hard for you to learn. They want to help you with your school work plus help you deal with the other problems in your life.
Students are allowed to work at their own pace. That means you have more time for lessons that seem harder to learn. At times you may be doing different work than others in the same classroom.
Knowles Centre's Day Treatment Support Worker is available to assist students in the school who are facing academic and/or behavioural challenges.
As well, you will meet with a therapist from Knowles Centre about once a week. Your therapist and your teachers work together to help you do well.
Otherwise, the school is the same as others in the area. Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the regular school year; there are no classes in July and August. The school has a cafeteria for lunch, library and computer lab, gym, and creative arts room as well.
No. Students at John G. Stewart School can learn as well as students at other schools. We want you to do the best you can. But we know that you may have not done well in school in the past because you were facing other problems.
At John G. Stewart School, you will have a chance to catch up on what you might have missed so that you can return to a school in your community or an alternative learning program.
Yes. John G. Stewart School offers a full complement of Grade 9 courses and several Grade 10 courses as well. Most academic courses can be completed within the 13-week term; Physical Education and Woodworking are offered as full-year courses.
Students in earlier grades will take part in the curriculum regularly offered.
Why do I need therapy?
Together with a therapist from Knowles Centre you will identify the challenges you are facing in life and work out a plan to deal with them. This may include understanding the way you are feeling and why you do certain things. You will meet with your therapist weekly as you work towards a better way of life.
Your family, teachers, the day treatment support worker and other important people in your life will also be involved in your treatment from time to time.
Students (and their families) can arrange their own transportation. Some students are dropped off and picked up by family members, others take a city bus. John G. Stewart School can provide bus tickets at no cost to you, if needed.
The length of time you attend John G. Stewart School depends on how you are progressing. Most students attend John G. Stewart School for one year.
Meetings will be held with you, your therapist, teachers and principal, day treatment support worker and parents (or guardians) when it is time for you to attend another school. Some students return to their local school; other students move on to another public school or alternative learning program, such as vocational (job) training.
A switch in schools usually happens at the start of the school year in September or at the start of the second term in February.
Yes, most students make good friends with others at school. You may find you share many of the same interests with your classmates and share similar past experiences.
The staff at John G. Stewart School and Knowles Centre work to make the school a place where you can feel safe and supported.
There are many teachers and other adults at John G. Stewart School to supervise students in the classrooms, hallways, and between classes. The washrooms are also monitored and used by only one student at a time. After school, staff monitors students at the bus stop each day.
Students in the Knowles Centre Day Program eat in the supervised lunchroom at Knowles Centre located next door. Lunch is provided and may include food such as soup and sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, perogies, pasta, pizza, juice, milk, and more. There is no cost for the lunch program. A variety of supervised activities are available in the school following lunch.
There are many things to do outside of the classroom, including:
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