Point in Time wants to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with Christmas Donations this year. We provided approx 70 Children with Christmas gifts and each family with gift cards to assist with food.
The Hurting to Hope session held on Nov 29, 2017 at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School was a follow up to the Youth Suicide Prevention and Wellness session held on Oct 30th at the Halliburton Legion. The Hurting to Hope event was organized in partnership with local service providers, schools, parents and community members. A panel with representatives from providers of local mental healthcare, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and a provincial expert in youth mental health and suicide were on hand to answer questions and discuss issues related to youth wellness. Panel members available to respond to questions included:
Marg Cox: Executive Director Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents
Dr Ian Manion: Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute of Mental Health Research at the Royal in Ottawa
Cynthia Weaver: Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with Kinark Child and Family Services
Cheryl Roffe: District Manager of Mental Health Services with Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Dave Jarvis: Director of Adult Mental Health Services for Haliburton
Hurting to Hope Community Event Feedback
Over 120 community members attended the three-hour session and asked over 40 questions! We received 55 feedback forms from participants and here is a summary of what we heard.
What did you find most helpful about this evenings event?
- appreciated the expertise of the panel and the opportunity to hear the questions answered from the different perspectives of panel members
- The event helped us “to hear that this is a community issue and to make positive change it needs to be addressed by the whole community, not just the school”
- Information about services available in our community
- Parents liked the actual strategies given to help start conversations with their youth
- That it was a community conversation
We also asked what the community would like to learn more about. Here is the list:
- Social media, the role in mental health and how we can encourage youth to use it appropriately
- More about the wellness hub planning
- Help with understanding the pathways to care when they need support for their families
- A deeper understanding of the role of school, home and community in addressing bullying across the lifespan
- More education/skills to support youth in distress including support for youth that are helping their friends in distress or with grieving
There were suggestions about the venue/format/length of the event.
- Although he format allowed for lots of questions to be answered, many felt that the next session should be more interactive perhaps using a round table format where community member ideas can be generated
- Although many thought the content was excellent the community is now ready to dive deeper into some of these issues and start to think about potential solutions
- Most felt the session was too long at three hours
- The sound system was a distraction.
Overall the community is very interested in continuing the discussion about how we can come together to support youth wellness in Haliburton.
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“Hurting to Hope”, a continued conversation on supporting youth in wellness, will be held at the HHSS – middle gym, on November 29th from 6-9 pm.
Dr. Ian Manion, expert in youth mental health from The Royal – Institute of Mental Health Research will be speaking about healing and promoting wellness in a community experiencing crisis.
Community and audience questions will be answered by Dr.Manion as well as a panel featuring local leaders of community services. Local support services will also be present to provide information and answer questions about available services available in Haliburton County.
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact Lindsay at 705-457-5345 or email@example.com
Download this fact sheet which contains important information for identifying risk and warning signs for suicide.
Since 1987, the Haliburton County Summer Camp Fund has helped children and youth build self esteem, friendships, skills and memories throughout the summer that will last a lifetime.
The average cost to send a child/youth to camp is $800.00 per week for residential camp and $225.00 per week for day camp. Some families in Haliburton County are not able to afford the extra cost.
With your gift donation to the Haliburton County Summer Camp Fund (sponsored by Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents), you can help send a child to camp this summer and create unforgettable memories.
Last year we raised $5714.75 and were able to send 15 children and youth to day and residential camp.
For more information please contact Dawn Hurd @ 705-457-5345 ext 311
Point in Time offers a Kindergarten Readiness Program throughout the summer at the Cardiff Elementary School for children entering Junior or Senior Kindergarten.
The program runs for 6 weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30-12:00. There is no cost for the program and healthy snacks are provided daily.
Join us for a fun and friendly morning to meet other children in your area, learn some new songs, work through daily routines and transitions and further enhance overall social and developmental skills in preparation for school entry in September.
If you have a child who you feel could benefit from this program please contact Cheryl Smith at 705-457-5345 ext. 316.
A new book was published this year, featuring Joan Wilson as a contributing author. We are excited to see what we already know about the importance of brain development and play in print!
Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice
Creative Psychotherapy brings together the expertise of leading authors and clinicians from around the world to synthesize what we understand about how the brain develops, the neurological impact of trauma and the development of play. The authors explain how to use this information to plan developmentally appropriate interventions and guide creative counseling across the lifespan.
Point in Time offers ‘Sunshine Circles’ Thera-play group programs in various schools and childcare centres throughout the county.
Sunshine circles are interactive adult-led, structured play groups used to enhance the emotional well-being and social skills of children. They are designed to help children feel secure and valued, to get along with others and to feel part of a community. Sunshine Circles are playful & fun, intentionally accepting & positive, valuing & caring, focused on cooperation, experiential and they intentionally involve touch & proximity.
Leaders and children hold hands for songs and games, dab lotion or powder onto hands and knees or put a hand on a child’s shoulder to reassure them. We know that touch is a powerful means of communication and essential in guiding children’s behaviour. Increasing comfort with ‘healthy touch’ is another goal of Sunshine Circles.
Recently we have added a Parent-Child Sunshine Circles program as well and we have had rave reviews from the families whom have attended these so far. “The only way I could get my son to come to school was by telling him it was ‘Sunshine Circles’ day, he really loves attending and it is so nice to have 45 minutes of uninterrupted time with just him and I”. “We can’t wait for the next session to begin”.
Point in Time staff member, Joan Wilson is a Certified Thera-play Supervisor & Trainer and has trained many of our community partners in the delivery of ‘Sunshine Circles’ to further enhance their programs for families and children
The Integra Young Warrior Program is a 20 week program that is designed for youth age 9-12. This program is based on the integration of AIKIDO, “ The peaceful Martial Art”. The program is designed to help youth learn the skills necessary to self-regulate, focus their minds, manage their emotions, become aware of their bodies and to form and maintain healthy relationships.
Three staff from Point in Time including Cheryl Smith, Amanda Wells and Melanie Jones became certified as Young Warrior Senseis and partnered with TLDSB and Integra to offer a program at Archie Stouffer Elementary School during the 2017 – 2018 school year. We are hoping to continue offering this program annually.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) remains the leading force in evaluating and promoting mental health interventions based on “Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination” (SAMHSA, 2014). The National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) provided on the SAMHSA website now includes the following play therapy modalities, all of which are offered at Point in Time: