Psychological Services

The psychological treatment program is overseen by the Clinical Director, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a Clinical a Clinical Psychological Associate who is a licensed regulated health professional. The psychological treatment team is comprised of three BCBA’s in total.

Our clinicians are eminently qualified in their respective fields, and are recognized for their work with individuals with dual diagnosis and special needs. 

Bairn Croft Treatment Programs

We provide multidimensional treatment with particular emphasis on the treatment of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (including high functioning youth with these challenges) and those with dual diagnosis (intellectual deficits and mental health disorder) and multiple complex special needs. The treatment program addresses a wider variety of problems and children and adults accepted into the program may have been diagnosed with a variety of disorders of infancy and childhood including:

  • Anxiety Disorder including:
  • Mood disorders including:
    • depressive disorders
    • bipolar
  • In addition symptoms of other schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders including:
    • schizophrenia
    • schizophreniform
    • schizoaffective
    • delusional
    • psychotic
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behaviour Disorders:
    • ADHD
    • Conduct Disorder
    • Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
    • Disruptive Behaviour Disorder –NOS
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders – Pica, Rumination etc.
    • TIC disorders
    • Elimination Disorders (enuresis and encopresis)
    • Separation Anxiety
    • Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Stereotypic movement
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autistic, Rett’s, Children Disintegrative, Aspergers, PBD-NOS)
  • Communication disorders
  • Motor Skills Disorder
  • Learning disorders
  • Intellectual Disability
    • Panic
    • Phobia
    • Obsessive-Compulsive
    • Post-traumatic stress
    • acute stress
    • generalized anxiety
  • In addition:
    • Impulse Control Disorders
    • Problems Related to Abuse and Neglect
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Medically Fragile

Bairn Croft Clinical Guidelines

Bairn Croft Residential Services has adopted the guidelines set forth in The Right to Effective Treatment (Van Houten et al, 1988), as our guiding principles.  These guidelines state that all persons with special needs have the following rights:

  • The right to a therapeutic environment.
  • The right to service where the goal is personal welfare.
  • The right to treatment by a competent behaviour analyst.
  • The right to programs that teach functional skills.
  • The right to behavioural assessment and ongoing evaluation.
  • The right to the most effective treatment procedure available.

Each child and adult is assigned a primary worker who provides a comprehensive individual assessment and treatment plan in consultation with our clinical team. The treatment programs are implemented by experienced and trained direct care staff within a structured therapeutic milieu. Programs are based on remediation of maladaptive patterns using the least intrusive, but most effective interventions possible. The treatment and remediation of the complex special needs of our residents have a major emphasis on skill acquisition for social, emotional, behavioural and adaptive daily living and leisure skill, as well as executive skills such as self-control, planning, problem solving, perspective taking, and social reciprocity.  The importance of treatment is in all spheres of development and directed to optimal quality of life and adaptation to disabilities with a view towards long term coping. Skill acquisition, antecedent management, and communication training are considered integral to a comprehensive approach.

Our programs are based on the principles of positive skill development and structured learning in the community. Children and adults are taught appropriate social behaviour and social skills through programs based on a routine that is structured and predictable, with positive reinforcement and immediate feedback.

High Support Program’s Clinical Services

The treatment approach is applied behavioural and cognitive behavioural where appropriate, with emphasis on learning prosocial skills for successful social, emotional and behavioural functioning. Specific areas of intervention might include personal and relationship boundaries, social language and conversational skills, problem solving and anger management, self-control and self-regulation, self-monitoring skills, managing historical issues of trauma or loss, healthy adjustment to transitions, and various other issues that might face these individuals. Focus is on skill acquisition and the development of habits and patterns of responding that will be adaptive and effective as the individual increases autonomous functioning and the highest quality of life possible.