WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
Rideauwood’s School-Based Program is provided to all 45 English Language High Schools and 42 Senior Elementary Schools in Ottawa-Carleton. The Program serves students who have problems in and out of school related to alcohol and/or drug use. Services are also provided to students’ parents/families. Rideauwood trains school staff to make effective referrals of students to the Rideauwood School-Based Program.
HOW WILL THIS PROGRAM HELP?
Substance abuse treatment in schools reduces alcohol and drug use, improves academic performance, improves family life and increases the school’s effectiveness in dealing with alcohol and drug related problems in students.
Rideauwood has worked in partnership with high schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) since 1986, delivering a comprehensive education and counselling service to students and their parents with issues related to substance abuse.
Overall, schools report significant improvement in behavior, grades, attendance and retention. Students, who had already been suspended or expelled or who had dropped out, are also served to ensure their success when they are re-admitted to school. In our 2011 evaluation, the average student seen used drugs or alcohol nearly every day of the month; smoking marijuana 22 days and binge drinking fo 8 days of the month. After treatment, more than 75% of the students seen stopped or reduced their drug and alcohol use. More than 10% of the students are also using “other” drugs, most commonly cocaine, hallucinogens and/or ecstasy. The greatest reductions in use were found with these drugs. More than 70% of clients completely ceased using and more than 85% showed marked reductions.
Also in the 2011 Evaluation, it was determined that, of the students seen, approximately 48% of them had been identified by school staff as “high risk of dropping out”; 87% of those identified, completed the school year. Many of the students seen were struggling academically, with 1 in 5 students failing. After treatment, 80% of those students improved academically.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
The School-Based Program operates within the parameters required by each School Board and each School’s administration. The Rideauwood Substance Abuse Counsellor, Vice-Principals, Guidance Counsellors, School Social Workers, Special Education Staff and other community resources identify and respond to students in difficulty as a result of alcohol and drugs. Counselling includes individual and group counselling and is available year round. Referrals for alcohol/drug related problems are made by the School to the Rideauwood Substance Abuse Counsellor. Services are delivered during school hours. For some students, a combination of a School-Based Program as well as the Youth Substance Abuse Program, at Rideauwood’s Agency Site (312 Parkdale Avenue) is needed to maintain the necessary treatment support. There are a variety of School-Based Substance Abuse/Addiction services available:
Motivational Substance Abuse Counselling:
Ongoing assessment and counselling are provided for students with alcohol and/or drug abuse problems and academic, emotional, behavioral, legal or other addiction related problems. Reduction of alcohol and drug use is both a goal for students and also a clinical strategy to develop recognition of the student’s need to continue to address alcohol/drug related problems. If other outpatient or residential inpatient treatment referrals are required, the Rideauwood Counsellor monitors the student during treatment and facilitates re-entry to school or Continuing Care at Rideauwood. Parents of the student are also offered counselling and support during this process at school and agency offices.
Counselling is provided to students who have recognized an alcohol and/or drug problem and are motivated to maintain an alcohol/drug-free lifestyle. Reintegration and ongoing counselling is provided to students returning from residential treatment facilities. Parents are also offered counselling.
Concerned Person Counselling:
Counselling is provided to students who have family or friends with substance abuse problems. These students are often at high risk for developing a drug and alcohol problem themselves so counselling in this respect also helps prevent early alcohol/drug use from becoming a serious problem.
The School-Based Program serves concerned parents in the school. When a child is using drugs and/or alcohol, parents are usually in great distress and do not know the most effective way to respond. Service in the school, as well as our extensive Parent Program at the agency, provide education, counselling and support.
In class presentations, training for school staff, School Council presentations and outreach to feeder schools. Students and parents are also offered services at Rideauwood’s offices, located at 312 Parkdale Avenue.
If your teen attends one of the listed schools, you or your teen can call the Guidance Department to initiate service for your family.
For professionals looking for further information on Rideauwood’s school-based services please contact the Executive Director at 613-724-4881.
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Catholic School Board
|Adult High School||All Saints High School|
|A.Y. Jackson Secondary School||Frank Ryan Senior Elementary|
|Bell High School||Holy Trinity High School|
|Brookfield High School||Immaculata High School|
|Cairine Wilson High School||Lester B. Pearson High School|
|Canterbury High School||Mother Teresa High School|
|Castor Valley Elementary||Notre Dame High School|
|Colonel By High School (Coming Soon!)||Sacred Heart High School|
|Earl of March Secondary School||St. Francis Xavier High School|
|Elizabeth WynWood Secondary School||St. Joseph High School|
|Frederick Banting Alternate Program||St. Mark High School|
|Glebe Collegiate Institute||St. Matthew High School|
|Gloucester High School||St. Patrick`s High School|
|Hillcrest High School||St. Patrick`s Intermediate|
|John McRae Secondary School||St. Paul High School|
|Lisgar Collegiate Institute||St. Peter High School|
|Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School||St. Pius X High School|
|Merivale High School|
|Metcalfe Public School||St. Mary`s Outreach Home|
|Nepean High School|
|Norman Johnson Alternate Program|
|Osgoode Township High School|
|Ottawa Technical High School|
|Richard Pfaff Alternate Program|
|Rideau High School|
|Ridgemont High School|
|Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School|
|Sir Robert Borden High School|
|Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School|
|South Carleton Secondary School|
|West Carleton Secondary School|
|Woodroffe High School|