Collaborative Day Treatment Program

Contact: Vickie Jennings, Program Director 905-436-6754 ext. 230 or

The Collaborative Day Treatment Program provides a therapeutic environment for youth experiencing difficulty coping in the educational system. Through individualized therapeutic and academic approaches, the program strives to establish a successful learning experience that will promote the youths’ knowledge, skills and values to enhance their life options.

DFCC works in partnership with, and accepts referrals from, the Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Durham Children's Aid Society and the community at large.

Nutrition Program
The goal of our Nutrition Program is to provide a hands-on nutrition education component within our Collaborative Day Treatment Program to help our youth develop life-long eating patterns consistent with Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating (Health Canada). By creating an environment that is supportive of healthy eating habits, we are presented with an opportunity not only to influence positive eating behaviours, but also to help our youth learn valuable skills and gain confidence. The program also provides ample therapeutic opportunities and builds a sense of community for our youth.

As meal preparation most often includes our students, the Nutrition Program offers youth the opportunity to earn a high school credit.

Summer School
In partnership with the Durham District School Board (Grove School), DFCC offers an academic summer school program which provides youth with the opportunity to earn a high school credit. Earning credits is often a significant challenge for the many of the young people who come into contact with DFCC. Modeled after the DFCC Collaborative Day Treatment Program, summer school will provide a successful and rich learning experience for at risk youth.

Referrals are accepted from all stakeholders and the community for the summer school program.  Contact Vickie Jennings for information and to make a referral.  [email protected]

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