Peterborough Youth Services (PYS for short) is a non-profit social service agency which has been providing counselling and support to young people 10-18 and their families in Peterborough and surrounding areas for over 40 years. The professional staff at PYS specialize in working with youth.
A range of services are available including individual and family counselling, and Community Response Team services as well as Youth Justice programs. PYS is a child and youth focused agency. Family therapy is available in support of goals for the child or adolescent, however it is not a requirement for service.
Counselling provides help for youth dealing with many different situations and life experiences such as:
Individual counselling gives young people an opportunity to meet privately with a Counsellor to talk about problems they may be having and explore possible solutions. Your Counsellor will talk with you and gather some information from you and answer any questions you might have. Counselling often includes art or drama and games (e.g., pool, ping pong). You and your Counsellor will decide what works best for you.
Family counselling is an opportunity for you and members of your family to meet with a Counsellor to work out problems that you haven’t managed to solve on your own. This could mean we meet with one other person in your family or several members, whatever would be most helpful. We usually start by meeting with the young person on their own before moving to family counselling. This can help you to figure out what the problem is and decide on the best way to solve it.
Community Response Team services are available for youth of all ages. Services include helping young people and families in crisis, assistance finding employment, support with life skills, housing, education and/or applying for financial assistance.
Youth Justice Programs receive referrals from Probation Services for young persons who have been convicted of an offence while under the age of 18 and received a court ordered disposition to participate.
Research has shown us that certain factors can help youth cope with life’s stresses:
You can call Peterborough Youth Services and speak with the receptionist and ask for an intake appointment. Though we encourage family involvement, in accordance with the Child, Youth and Family Services Act any child 12 or over may refer themselves with or without the knowledge or consent of their parents.
PYS also accepts referrals from community resources (with the support of the youth and family) such as schools, probation, children’s aid organizations, the courts, doctors, public health nurses, and many others who are involved with young people.
PYS is funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the United Way, foundation grants and private donations. Services are available to you and your family at no cost.
If after having read this you’re still not sure whether PYS is right for you, why not call and arrange to meet with a Counsellor to find out more about how PYS might be able to help you? Our staff will be more than happy to arrange a time for you to come in to meet with a Counsellor. You can e-mail us at Send Mail or you can phone 705-743-1681 to speak with the receptionist.