Preadolescent Treatment Program

Submitted on Friday, 01/24/2020 - 2:19 am

The Preadolescent Treatment Program (PTP) is a trauma-informed, attachment-based, therapeutic campus-based treatment program serving kids between six to 12 years which provides a relationally rich environment, improves self-regulation, and reduces maladaptive behaviours.

PTP uses the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), an Evidence-Based Practice developed by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. In doing so, PTP provides a relationally rich environment with present, attuned, attentive and responsive caregivers. The program purports to a safe, predictable, nurturing environment designed to increase self-regulation and reduce high risk behaviours. As the children become more self-regulated, it opens the door for more opportunities to improve connections to family, communities and culture.

Persons served who are admitted to therapeutic campus-based care require an intensive treatment setting due to extreme maladaptive behaviours including aggression, property destruction, peer issues, sexual acting out, poor social skills, attachment issues, threats of self-harm and, in general, unsafe behaviours. These behaviours are frequently symptoms resulting from early childhood trauma, which could include a chaotic, unpredictable environment, exposure to physical abuse and/or neglect.

NMT is a developmentally sensitive approach to promote self-regulation by improving brain functioning. The approach includes patterned repetitive movement and a relationally rich environment to manage the child’s stress response system, and encourages psycho-education of parents and teachers to improve the child’s chances for success.

Please note: PTP serves children involved with Calgary Region Children’s Services. Referrals are made by case workers and triaged through Children’s Services. Each child at PTP is assigned a counsellor who works closely with him/her to help achieve his/her goals as outlined in the triage process. Depending on their needs, children are also provided with psychological assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, family work and psychiatric support.


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