Clinical Services

Clinical treatment is an integral part of what we do at Ranch Ehrlo. We help participants address the issues that brought them into treatment while working to enhance biological, psychological, and social well-being. Clinical activities can include individual, group and family counselling, psychological intervention and assessment, occupational therapy, speech and language services, arts-based services, and a number of other adjunct treatments. Clinical treatment is made up of program caseworkers, clinical assessment, and resources services.

Program caseworkers

This team of multidisciplinary professionals includes social workers, psychologists, and counsellors who act as the primary link between the agency, parents/guardians, and the various referral agencies. Program caseworkers conduct psychosocial assessments which provide a snapshot of the individual’s history, current functioning, and identified needs for treatment. From there, program caseworkers guide treatment/service planning, individual and specialized group counselling, crisis intervention, case management, team training and consultation, family work, discharge planning, and post-discharge follow-up.

Clinical Assessment and Resource Services

The team of registered psychologists provides assessment, consultation and training, and mentoring services to the group living and educational programs. On a contracted basis, the team also includes speech-language pathologists. Youth and adults from Ranch Ehrlo are referred for assessment for reasons such as prenatal exposure to alcohol, childhood trauma and maltreatment, disruptive behaviour and attention problems, and developmental problems such as autism.

An assessment report with treatment recommendations is provided to staff to support the participant during their stay at Ranch Ehrlo. Psychiatric services are also provided on a referral basis. Two consulting psychiatrists provide initial and follow-up consultations as required to monitor the use of medications and treatment effectiveness. Neurological testing is ordered for those participants, as indicated.

Arts-based services

Ranch Ehrlo believes art-based expressive arts services are a key component to our holistic treatment approach. We utilize on-site staff to provide consultation on program development and deliver specialized arts-based services as well as use contractors who provide services such as visual art, dance, drama, hip hop, and yoga.

The expressive arts services help participants to express their thoughts and feelings and promotes their personal growth and/or healing.  

Music therapy

Ranch Ehrlo Society has used various forms of music engagement over the years. We currently have a contract with certified music therapists to provide this service. Within music therapy, the music therapist and participants use voice, instrumental improvisation, psychodynamic music therapy models, exploration of musical space, unique sounds, emotions, movement, sensory experiences, and improvised, contemporary, and classical music to support development, health, and well-being.

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