Personal Development Programs
The Personal Development Program at the St. Joseph's Health Centre is an adult out-patient mental health program. We offer an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to treating a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, stress related problems, self-esteem issues and compromised coping strategies.
What is Our Goal?
We are committed to the provision of quality client care and strive to empower clients to achieve emotional wellness, to provide a community-based alternative to medical treatment, and to meet the ever changing needs in our community.
What Do We Offer for Treatment?
Our treatment model is based on a combination of assessment, individual counselling and psychoeducational group experiences tailored to each client's specific needs and based on principles of best practice.
Individual counselling approaches can include cognitive-behavioural therapy, various trauma treatments such as EMDR, and strength-based therapies. Skill based training and other integrative educational strategies are also emphasized to help clients achieve their goals.
The psychoeduational groups offer experiences for clients to interact with others in a supportive environment. The groups are designed to educate, reduce client distress, and promote successful outcomes through lectures, discussion, and experiential methods.
Who is Our Team?
Our multidisciplinary team consists of mental health nurses, psychometrists and a social worker. We offer consultation with a psychologist, psychiatrist and a spiritual advisor as needed.
Our combined years of experience and varied backgrounds provide a wealth of expertise in helping clients deal with personal problems.
How to Access the Program?
The Personal Development Program is a partner agency in Thunder Bay Mental Health Programs which include:
- Personal Development Program
- Psychiatric Consultation Clinic
- Mental Health Outpatient Programs
- Community Mental Health Program
Referrals can be made through the Thunder Bay Mental Health Programs Intake Coordinatoror a completed Thunder Bay Mental Health Program Referral Form can be faxed. Referrals are accepted from clients, physicians, and community professionals and agencies.
Client's must be 18 years of age and older to access the services of the Personal Development Centre.
What is Assessment?
Upon admission to the program, clients are scheduled for a comprehensive intake assessment to help identify the presenting and underlying mental health issues. From there, in partnership with clients, an individualized treatment program is formulated, based on the client's personal goals and assessed needs. Clients are assessed from a holistic perspective, considering their bio/psycho/social/spiritual functioning. Assessment is an ongoing process, starting with the initial assessment and continuing throughout the treatment process. Assessment tools can include observation, structured interviews, and psychometric evaluation.
How Are You Referred to Other Programs?
Clients may be referred to other programs (ie. Mental Health Outpatient Program, Community Mental Health Program, Eating Disorder Program, Addictions Services, etc.) as required to meet their needs.