Important message regarding COVID-19 and AY services UPDATED JANUARY 14th

The health and safety of our clients and staff remains our top priority as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing to offer all intake, assessment and counselling services virtually via telephone and videoconferencing. For those clients whose needs can’t be met via virtual means, we can make arrangements for individual in-person appointments at our downtown location. Group programs are being offered via videoconferencing. If you are new to AY, please call 905-527-4469 ex 3 for intake services, or complete the electronic referral form on this website. If you are an existing AY client, please contact your AY Therapist at the cell number previously provided to you.

Please continue to visit our website for up-to-date information about services. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Alternatives for Youth – Parent Education, Support and Skills Development Program (PEP) 6 week virtual group for 2021

Alternatives for Youth (AY) is committed to providing substance use treatment services for youth aged 12 to 25 years and those who care for them.

Research has shown that engaging caregivers in substance use education and counseling programs improves treatment outcomes for youth with substance useand concurrent mental health problems.

The feedback we have received from caregivers that have attended this program indicates that information covered is helpful and the group experience is positive. Caregivers have noted improvement in their everyday lives as a result of attending this program.

The Parent Education Program (PEP) is a 6 week group that covers the following:

Week 1: The Impact of living with Substance Use/Self-care for Caregivers
Week 2: Adolescent Substance Use and Drug Basics
Week 3: Mental Health and Adolescent Brain Development
Week 4: Parenting Adolescents: Limits and Boundaries
Week 5: Communication Strategies That Get Results
Week 6: Understanding and Influencing Change

PEP will run on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm, for 6 concurrent weeks.  Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all 6 PEP group sessions.  The next PEP group is scheduled to start:
March 4th 2021 *via Zoom online platform*

PEP Fees: Services at Alternatives for Youth are funded by several sources, so  presently there is no fee for attending PEP.

For inquiries, or to register for the group, please contact
Sara McAuley at 905-527-4469 (press 8) or smcauley@ay.on.ca