In Canada, there is currently a gap for comprehensive treatment of younger children, specifically those a​ged 12 and under, who are suffering from mental health issues that are mild to moderate.

KIDTHINK offers assessment and treatment of a variety of mental illnesses, mental disorders and behavioural issues which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression ​
  • Difficult Behaviours
  • ADHD ​
  • Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

KIDTHINK provides evidenced-based mental health and addictions clinical services and treatments modeled after the services provided by Child Mind Institute in New York. Child Mind employs leading child and adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists who offer best-in-class evidenced-based clinical care. KIDTHINK has adapted the services provided by Child Mind to fit within a Canadian and Manitoba model.

Our Clinical Services

Mental Health Assessment

Our clinicians facilitate comprehensive mental health assessments to guide the development of evidence-based care plans.  These initial assessments may identify a need for further clinical investigations such as psychological and/or psychiatric diagnostic assessments. 

Empowering Children

Evidence-based interventions are provided and tailored to the unique strengths and needs of children and their families to help reduce symptoms, enhance coping capacities, and improve functioning and quality of life. Treatment focuses on helping children work towards meeting developmental milestones so they can thrive in their home, school, and community environments. 

Mental Health Clinicians can help by offering:

  • Comprehensive mental health assessments  
  • Evidence-based care planning  
  • Individual therapy for children, including parent involvement  
  • Group therapy 

Equipping Parents

KIDTHINK collaborates with parents to identify ways to understand and meet the needs of their children. Parents are actively involved in their children’s treatment processes to facilitate changes to their family environments. When parents make these changes, it supports improved functioning for their children who are learning new ways of coping.  Parent-focused interventions aim to empower and equip parents with the tools and knowledge to support their child’s recovery.

Mental Health Clinicians can help by offering:

  • Psychoeducation  
  • Parent treatment to improve parent well-being and coping  
  • Parent management skills training and development 
  • Parent workshops and groups 

Strengthening Families

KIDTHINK supports the entire family system surrounding the child.  Children struggling with mental health concerns and/or mental illness are both impacted by, and, in turn, impact their family environments. When the entire family, including siblings, participates in the treatment process, family relationships, communication, and interaction patterns can be strengthened. This leads to improved family functioning and well-being for all.

Mental Health Clinicians can help by offering:

  • Family therapy
  • Support to siblings
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Strength-Based Approach

KIDTHINK has developed programs and services which acknowledge that every child has a unique set of strengths and abilities they can rely on and strengthen to overcome mental health challenges.

About the strength-based approach:

  • Individualized strength-based approaches can identify and enhance the strengths of the child.  
  • Engages the child and the parent as partners in developing and implementing the individualized treatment and care plan.  
  • Increases the focus on strengths while engaging in evidence-based treatment.

Trauma-Informed Approach

KIDTHINK understands that there are many forms of violence and trauma experienced by children, including developmental, historical, simple, complex or gender-based. There are also a wide range of adaptations which children make and have made to cope with these experiences. A trauma-informed approach is about:

  • Creating a sense of safety and trustworthiness through the course of mental health care interactions.  
  • Making interactions, services and programs receptive to and supportive of children who have been overwhelmed, fearful, have difficulty trusting and/or have difficulty self-regulating. ​

KIDTHINK has created programs and services where:

  • All staff are trauma-informed.
  • All staff work from the core principles of trauma awareness to the building of strength and skills.
  • The child’s and family’s trauma, related health, relational concerns, trauma adaptations are identified, and supported, and strategies that increase safety and support connection are offered.
  • Focus is on stabilization, safety, and understanding the impact of trauma on current functioning.
  • All staff work from a culturally safe approach.

Supporting the Needs of Diverse Populations

KIDTHINK acknowledges that a key component of effectively delivering services is understanding the demographics of the population within the community and having the ability to respond to the community’s linguistic and cultural needs. This includes understanding the needs of the Indigenous populations as well as newcomers and refugees.

KIDTHINK understands that children who are having mental health challenges are not all the same. They differ in experiences, contexts and culture. KIDTHINK will provide a culturally appropriate mental health program needed to help prevent or mitigate the risk of mental health issues for all children. In turn, by addressing the children’s mental health issues early, KIDTHINK can promote resiliency and a holistic sense of well-being where the children are able to adapt to their new environment and at the same time, eliminating any cultural stigma to mental illness.

Mental Health and Addictions

KIDTHINK understands the connection between mental health challenges and addiction. By practicing early intervention, KIDTHINK aims to decrease the likelihood of these children developing an addiction later in life.

Referral

KIDTHINK’s goal is to help Manitoba’s and, in due time, Canada’s children thrive and reach their potential.

To learn more about how we can help and support you and your child or for other inquiries, please call us at 431.388.5373 or email us using the form below.