Accessing Services

Our Independent Living Program is easily accessible to young adults and their families. All it takes is a phone call or email to our head office (listed below). We ask for some background information such the youth or family’s current situation and immediate needs. Next, we support the family in choosing the most suitable Venture Academy program and location. And that’s it. We pride ourselves in our responsiveness to our clients’ needs and can have a client admitted into Venture Academy usually within the week. Admission details (dates, meetings, transportation, etc.) will be arranged and confirmed on an individual basis.

Screening Assessment Process

Some families may wish to go through the Screening Assessment process prior to intake. This is a 2-step process consisting of:

1. Completing the Screening Assessment
2. Service Plan Agreement

Please note that all clients go through this process either prior to intake or once admitted to the appropriate residential behaviour treatment program.

Step 1. Completing the Screening Assessment

Venture Academy’s Screening Assessment is a comprehensive tool that provides a format for assessing the applicant’s strengths, needs, preferences, interests and abilities.

This information is the basis on which Venture Academy will establish goals, develop plans on how to achieve the identified goals, and determine overall service objectives and a plan of care with the applicant. This planning and development stage results in a proposed Individual Service Plan that is sent to the applicant and his or her parents for review. The Individual Service Plan guides Venture Academy’s therapeutic approach and intervention methods with the youth should he or she become enrolled in the program. All submitted information is confidential.

Step 2. Service Plan Agreement

Once the proposed Individual Service Plan has been reviewed and agreed upon, Venture Academy will accept the applicant into the program. Admission details (dates, meetings, transportation, etc.) will be arranged and confirmed on an individual basis.

Rolling Admission

Venture Academy understands the necessity of our services and the potential urgency of our clients’ needs. We welcome admissions at any time and accommodate our clients’ requests at the earliest possible date.

Crisis Admission

There may be times in the lives of families when treatment programs are needed immediately. In these situations Venture Academy can help families by accommodating a client admission usually within 24 hours.

Chaperone Service

Travel worries can be eliminated by the use of Venture Academy’s client pick-up and chaperone service. An assigned Youth counsellor or Program Coordinator will fly or drive to the family’s home (no matter where the location) in order to accompany the youth in need of our services to the designated residential setting. One-on-one travel time has proven to be an excellent way to build a therapeutic relationship. Chaperone Service is also available for entrance to our Respite Services

Interest Survey

Venture Academy has provided an on line Interest Survey that youth may fill out prior to receiving the Screening Assessment. The completed survey describes some of the applicant’s personality traits and behavioural history. No identifying information required.

The completed survey will provide Venture Academy with some background information regarding the individual should he or she become enrolled in the program. Our survey also serves as an opportunity for self-discovery, allowing the individual an opportunity to re-think themselves and their experiences in a way he or she may not have done for some time.