This program supports youth and young adults ages 16 to 22. Youth and young adults in ILS may have social competency deficits, emotional and behavioural problems, mental health issues, and developmental challenges. Youth require support both in developing appropriate adaptive skills and self-direction necessary for future independence.
Typically, an individual’s participation in ILS will include support with:
Through various forms of teaching and training, youth receive the help and support necessary to learn multiple skill sets which enables independence, fosters self-confidence and develops the necessary skills for independence. Our primary goal is to help provide the skills necessary to develop appropriate community independence.
There are four placement options that include:
Staff are hired based on cultural similarities to youth served, educational experience, and significant work experience. Staff are intensively trained to work with complex needs youth including trauma-informed practice, crisis management, and completion of the Child and Youth Care provincial certification program.
Youth are provided on-going skills groups, counselling and assessments provided by Masters level clinical practicum students and registered psychologists.
Interdependent Living Services is a managed referral program. Referrals are youth in the Children’s Services system in Calgary Region, Stoney Nakoda and T’suu T’ina Family Services.