Program Goals

Behaviour Stabilization: provide a safe, supportive and supervised environment to facilitate the reduction or elimination of detrimental behaviour.

Assessment: In-depth psychological and psycho-educational assessment; providing a comprehensive report that gets to the root of the problem and identifies client specific, practical, recommendations.

General Services

  • 24 hour support and supervision.
  • Behaviour stabilization (physical and emotional recuperation).
  • Clinical assessment, medical appointment.
  • Parent support and communication.
  • Education assessment and planning (related to current schoolwork status).
  • Health and fitness readiness and recreation engagement.

Four Phase Process

Each phase represents a segment of student involvement in the program. The phases outlined include an approximate length of time each phase takes to complete. Phase completion time depends on student willingness, motivation, and movement towards identified goals. Venture Academy staff specialize in engaging withdrawn and resistant youth.

Clinical Protocols / Therapeutic Interventions

  • Student is admitted to program; arrives at schoolhouse or campus with parents.
  • Student attends placement home with identified staff member (Behaviour Specialist, Family Service Specialist or other staff).
  • Admission interview with parents with Therapist or Program Director, etc.
  • Parents provide any requested materials including mandatory school materials.
  • Initial assessment tests and questionnaires completed by parents (BRIEF & BASC).
  • Literature provided to parents re philosophy, approaches, etc.
  • Orientation with parents – review of general protocols and agreements.
  • Orientation with student – review of general protocols expectations (phone use, computer and internet use, money).
  • 24 hour call reporting to parents about their child’s first day in the program.
  • Student builds therapeutic rapport & connections with staff at placement home; breaks the attachment to negative peers, facilitates attachment with positive adults, lends attachment among adults/staff with goal of transferring attachment back to family.
  • Becoming familiar with program, expectation and routines.
  • Discovery Questionnaire (completed at placement home).
  • BRIEF Self Report (youth to complete on themselves).
  • Student stabilizes at the placement home; healthy rest, eating, nutrition, rapport relationship building.
  • Emotional and physical observation (record health, sleep, energy, activity, meals).
  • Clinical team interaction and evaluation of student presentation and behaviour to determine student’s ability to meet expectations required for schoolhouse/campus integration (i.e. dress code, emotional stability, ability to manage in group setting, readiness for schoolwork).
  • Weekly parent call with Venture Academy Staff – focus on further information gathering.

Clinical Protocols / Therapeutic Interventions

  • Continued Orientation; learning about and becoming more familiar with program.
  • Continued therapeutic rapport building (continue to strengthen adult connections).
  • Initial academic evaluation at schoolhouse / campus; meet with teacher, explore what student is working on, “can it be salvaged/saved, where is student in terms of courses and grades, can student finish up outstanding courses or would it be better to start again to build a stronger educational foundation” (connect with previous school).
  • Determine academic goals, identify appropriate courses.
  • Medical appointment with consulting physician.
  • Emotional and behavioural evaluation; input from all involved team members.
  • Review social and behaviour expectations for small group setting (usually 5 or 6).
  • Introductions to other students and schoolhouse / campus environment.
  • Initial meeting with therapist if determined suitable.
  • Group psycho-education (if scheduled and appropriate for student).
  • Clinical team and support staff to evaluate group interaction / peer functioning.
  • Supervised community exposure; staff to evaluate community presentation on recreation / health and fitness outings.
  • Assess readiness for recreation and fitness outings.
  • Weekly parent call with Venture Academy staff.

Clinical Protocols/Therapeutic Interventions

*Clinical team and frontline staff contribute to information gathering and sharing throughout the entire 30 day period. A more intensive psychological focus ideally occurs in Phase 3.

  • Therapist and/or other clinical team members and psychologists consult regarding student history and current behavioural and emotional functioning in the program.
  • Parent phone interview with psychologist.
  • Psychological assessments.
  • Continued recreation, health, rest, academics.
  • Continued therapeutic rapport building with Venture Academy staff / adults.
  • Continued evaluation of behavioural presentation in home placement setting, small groups, schoolhouse, campus, and in the community.
  • Continued academic evaluation of current and outstanding materials.
  • Register in courses (if it is known student will be staying longer term and is not still enrolled at another school).
  • Continue to establish and follow through with routine and structure at placement home and schoolhouse / campus.
  • Psycho-education group (focus on needs consistent with general student population if scheduled and applicable for student).
  • Evaluate recreational/cultural pursuits & interests (music, sports, etc).

Clinical Protocols/Therapeutic Interventions

  • Assessment Results call with parents, Psychologist and clinical team member: assessment results, interpretation & recommendations provided.
  • Additional call with Venture Academy Service Director or designate, parents decide if they will engage in longer term treatment program.
  • Written assessment report compiled and hard copy mailed to parents (arrival of report most likely to occur after the 30 day mark).
  • Student typically meets with person they have the closest therapeutic connection to in order to discuss plans to return home or longer term treatment option.
  • Student continues on with emerging routines.
  • If student stays for treatment beyond 30 day program, clinical team considers and initiates treatment planning development in applicable areas such as health, education, socio-emotional, substance use, family, etc.


  • Parents fill out and submit program application (contact us for details).
  • Clinical Team reviews application, assesses applicant eligibility, evaluates service needs, decides on acceptance and general therapeutic direction.
  • If applicant is accepted, Admissions department discusses admission timelines with parents, confirms admission date and initiates relevant admissions procedures.
  • Parents to obtain and provide summary report from any previous counsellors/programs (summary of identified issues, what was worked on, progress in counselling, level of engagement, where counselling left off, etc.).
  • Parents collect school work progress and status and materials.

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