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The Glencorse program provides consultation to teachers and school administrators, on-site crisis and behavioural intervention for children, therapy for children and their families and case management to coordinate school, mental health, and community resources.
The focus of the program’s work is to remove external forces that create chaos and trauma in the child’s world, develop an environment around the child that demonstrates unconditional belief in their desire and capacity to succeed, and intervenes to move the child and family from patterns of hopelessness and reactivity to patterns of success and resilience at home, school and in the community
About The Approach
The underlying intent of the program’s interventions is to build an environment of unconditional and enduring belief in the desire and capacity of the child to succeed. All other strategies and interventions which are used build upon the positive and dynamic effects of creating an environment in which the child cannot escape this environment of belief in him or her. The approach is direct and at times directive, allowing the clients to know that the therapist will believe in them until they can believe in themselves. However, the direction is set by the client and the school’s ultimate goals for success.
changes and can become problematic in our relationships. This typical short-term intervention (6-12 sessions) utilizing an integration of Narrative Therapy and Post-Modern approaches in order to co-create new stories with the family members.Glencorse Family Therapy provides therapy for men and women who struggle with violence in their intimate relationships. Through a Cognitive Behavioural Approach we work to re-train and re-structure the current thought processes that have in the past led to violent interaction cycles.
Using a Harm Reduction Model Glencorse Family Therapy works with youth and adults pertaining to addictions and strives to help clients develop independence from their addictive struggles. This approach does not ask for abstinence but instead works with the client in developing healthy coping strategies that give them back the power that they have lost in their personal and professional lives since being introduced to their addiction.
Lastly, Glencorse Family Therapy works with High Risk Youth in order to foster independence and strength attachment bonds for them. We utilize a long-term attachment model with these children and youth in order to begin to establish healing and renewed strength to connect and interconnect in healthy ways their communities.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Macdonald is a highly trained mental health professional who helps families deal with relationships (Couple and Family), behavioural issues, addictions, violence, and school issues. Marriage and Family Therapy differs from traditional therapy in that practitioners believe problems must be seen in the context of their relationships; therefore, treatment is centred not only on the individual, but on everyone who has a relationship with the individual as well. Dr. Macdonald refers to this as working in the “space in between”. It is in that space that communication
Dr. Heather Macdonald is experienced in providing clinical and educational assessments, which include diagnosis (if appropriate), intervention strategies and clinical recommendations. She works collaboratively with schools, social services, family and wraparound services to ensure a systems perspective when understanding learning and social emotional profiles. Dr. Macdonald has the ability to develop comprehensive learning plans, classroom observations and ongoing learning strategizing to support past assessment.
The following assessments are available for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults.
• Specific Learning Disabilities