Reconnecting Youth

A program for quality of life

Trusteeship  Phone: 905-977-8863

The Reconnecting Youth Program provides individual and family counselling/therapy and specialized groups to children and youth who are experiencing difficulties at home, school, and/or in the community. Children and youth may struggle within emotional (identifying and expressing feelings, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, managing anger and frustration), social (building and maintaining positive peer relationships, understanding and reading social cues i.e. body language, nonverbal and verbal communication, conversational and interactional skills), or behavioural (conflict resolution, decision-making, self-regulation, disruptive or aggressive behaviours) issues.

The reconnecting Youth Program aims to assist and enpower children, youth and families in the home and community to work towards their identified goals, to enhance self-esteem, and to build social and life skills, difficulty with communication, anxiety, depression and family dynamics. Services are delivered in the community where the youth live in, community spaces and/or in the home through individual and/or family therapy, parent coaching and specialized groups programming. The program works together with all relevant players involved in the child, youth and famliy’s life which is essential for successful outcomes. Nelson Youth Centres utilizes a variety of strengths-based approaches and resources i.e. Developmental Assets, Zones of Regulation andDBT Concepts and Mindfulness,depending on the unique needs of the child, youth and family.

To register for our Reconnecting Youth Program
Please contact Jill Shaughnessy- Intake Coordinator
E-mail –  or at 905-681-2611

E-mail –  or  at 905-977-8863

Program Goals

  • To provide family therapy for families experiencing conflict, difficulty with communication and/or challenges with family dynamics.
  • To teach and develop healthy life style choices
  • To maintain and/or improve youth’s school attendance
  • youth reach their full potential.
  • To assist families with effective parenting strategies/support to create healthy relationships.
  • To assist child/youth in becoming independent with pro-social connections to their community.
  • To assist youth in transitioning into adult services

Program Details

  • Children, Youth and/or family attend weekly or biweekly sessions.
  • On average the length of service is 4 to 6 months.
  • Services are provided in Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville, and Burlington communities.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Children/Youth between 6 and 18 years of age.
  • Children/Youth who live in Halton.
  • Referrals are welcomed from parents/guardians, school staff, medical professionals, community services, etc.