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NON-RESIDENTIAL MODES OF SERVICE DELIVERY

Finally, since 1967, varied forms of non-residential treatment of youth and their families have developed. Building on the lessons learned in the moves to the houses and on the new skills of the child care workers, new services have sprung up which are dependent on the conceptualization and portability of the child care worker's skills.

Thus, child care work has moved into community clinics providing out-patient service.

  • The Hamilton-Wentworth Mental Health Clinic hired their first graduate child care worker in 1967
  • The Ottawa Youth Services Bureau hired their first graduate child care workers in 1968
  • Dufferin-Peel Separate School Board hired their first graduate child care worker in 1970.
  • Thistletown first placed a child care worker in its Community Clinic in 1970
  • Dellcrest Children’s Centre hired their first graduate child care worker in 1974
  • Children’s Aid Society hired their first graduate child care worker in 1975

Setting the stage these early child care workers became experienced and capable clinicians in their own right, well able to make maximum use of environment and interactions for positive benefit for youth and their families, able to work in a variety of settings. Furthermore, the child care worker of today has acquired a number of conceptual tools for describing his art and skill and for thinking about what he is doing.