2022 Edition

Youth Psychosocial Services (CA-YPS) 6: Psychosocial Interventions

The program encourages youth to achieve their highest level of functioning by addressing specific emotional or behavioural needs and helping them to enhance coping skills. 

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Purpose

Youth participating in Psychosocial Services receive community based services that facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family functioning and increases child well-being and safety.
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Program curriculum or sample daily program schedule
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Youth served
  • Review case records
  • Observe the program

 

CA-YPS 6.01

The program offers at least two of the following services:
  1. counselling or supportive therapy, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy;
  2. peer support;
  3. case management;
  4. community-based activities; and
  5. recreational activities.

Interpretation

If the organization primarily acts as a coordinator rather than as a provider, as might be the case for Wraparound services, then they should document which of the services are provided by the partnering organizations.

 

CA-YPS 6.02

Core service components focus on helping youth improve and manage the quality of their lives by supporting the following:
  1. development of self-care and activities of daily living skills, such as personal hygiene and nutrition;
  2. medication compliance and an understanding of how to manage their illness/condition;
  3. socialization and effective communication;
  4. recreational and leisure time activities;
  5. organizational skills management;
  6. anger management;
  7. coping skills;
  8. conflict skill training;
  9. management of finances, if age appropriate; and
  10. vocational and/or educational development, depending on the age of the youth.

 

CA-YPS 6.03

The program offers youth a variety of opportunities to achieve service goals through individual, group, and/or milieu activities focused on:
  1. learning how to relate positively to others;
  2. anticipating and controlling behaviours that interfere with inclusion in the community;
  3. experiencing peer support and feedback;
  4. developing personal awareness and boundaries;
  5. engaging in positive problem solving methods;
  6. building on strengths and enhancing self-reliance and productivity; and
  7. celebrating competence and success.

 

CA-YPS 6.04

The organization directly provides, coordinates, or formally arranges for:
  1. 24-hour crisis intervention;
  2. crisis residential and other emergency services;
  3. inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services;
  4. medical and dental services;
  5. medication management;
  6. integrated mental health and substance use education and services;
  7. education-related services and assistance; 
  8. employment and life skills training; and
  9. legal advocacy and representation.

 

CA-YPS 6.05

The families/primary caregivers of youth are offered or referred to community services, including:
  1. family psychoeducation;
  2. emotional support and therapy;
  3. self-help referrals; and
  4. care coordination, as needed.