Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (AAPL) and Quinte Children’s Homes (QCH) will open their doors to the public on February 24, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whether you are a prospective parent therapist, a Child and Youth Worker or a member of the public, take advantage of this unique opportunity to see Stevenson, Waplak & Associates’ (SWA) therapeutic programs at work.
“We’re looking forward to having members of the public visit and see our skilled and caring staff members in action,” says SWA Clinical Director Jeff Waplak. “We strive to consistently deliver the best service possible as we help people in Belleville and surrounding areas to manage life’s challenges and obstacles and achieve success in a safe environment.”
QCH provides care to children and youth in need of fostering through trained parent therapists who provide support in caring family homes. “If you are considering fostering, but have questions or wish to gain a better understanding of parent therapy over regular foster care, this is an excellent time to ask questions and chat with some of our program supervisors and coordinators,” says Program Coordinator Melissa Hulshof. “It might not be something you are interested in now, but perhaps down the road as children age or new moms look for opportunities to stay home with their little ones parent therapy might be a great option.”
Regular programming will continue for the day at AAPL and it will be business as usual for parent therapists and clinical staff as well. “It is an excellent opportunity for people in the community to ask questions about our programs,” says SWA Executive Director Terry Stevenson. “Our staff will be available to chat, act as guides, answer questions and provide resource materials on our many therapeutic programs.”
Doors Open 2015 will allow people to see some of the many faces behind SWA’s residential and academic programs. “Confidentiality is a concern in our field and often that leaves people feeling as though they can’t ask questions or see what we are all about,” says Hulshof. “For this one day, we have taken many precautions to ensure that our staff are available to answer questions – anything from why fostering with us is different to why our youth are so successful in our academic programs.”
Those studying to become Child and Youth Workers will be interested to learn about the variety of training opportunities and placement options for local college students. “We help a number of individuals in our area get their footing in this exciting profession,” says Hulshof.
For parents considering alternative schooling for their child, this is an opportunity to get information about tuition, funding sources and the programs provided to children through AAPL. A privately operated, Ministry of Education-licensed school, AAPL provides educational programming for students who have exceptional treatment and behavioural needs.
Members of the community are welcome to find out more about the variety of therapeutic services available through SWA or how to become a volunteer. Or, just come in, say hello and grab a coffee.
Children are welcome!
Visit the SWA team at 72 Orchard Drive in Belleville, Ontario.
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