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Programs and Services

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mindSPACE offers free and confidential mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.

Drop in Locations and Times

About mindSPACE

What to expect: Immediate, free, and confidential support for you and/or your family for your concerns. We focus on building onto your existing strengths, abilities, and resources while working with you on developing on plan on how to address your concerns. Sessions typically last an hour and you can access the service as often as needed. Children, youth, and families do not need an appointment or a referral. They may simply walk in and ask to meet with one of our Clinicians.

Am I a good fit for mindSPACE?

If you’re not sure, come and ask us. We can help with the little things or help with complicated challenges. It’s free, it’s safe, and it’s available!

Compass Programs

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  • Counselling & Therapy

    Counselling and therapy services are available to help children and youth who have mental health concerns, and their families that cannot be addressed through less intensive means (e.g. brief services). A clinical team approach is used and the clinicians work closely with the client and their family to specify goals and outcomes. Counselling and therapy services can include a range of modalities (e.g., individual, group, family, play-based) as well as clinical practices (e.g., cognitive-behaviour therapy). Services are provided within the context of the family, culture, and community, and can be provided in a range of settings and frequency.

  • Crisis Services

    Following an initial crisis assessment provided by Health Sciences North (HSN) Crisis Intervention Services, a consenting client may be referred to Compass. The client will receive immediate, time-limited services in response to their imminent mental health crisis, or a crisis situation that places the child/youth or others at serious risk. Crisis support services work actively to stabilize situations, ensure quick access to services, and may facilitate access to a range of longer-term resources and supports.

  • Family / Caregiver Life Skills

    Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioural and emotional problems in children and youth. At Compass, Triple P is delivered to parents of children up to the age of 12 years, as well as Teen Triple P for parents of 12 to 16-year-olds.  Specialist programs are also offered for parents of children with different abilities (Stepping Stones) and for parents going through separation or divorce (Family Transitions). Please visit, for more information.

    Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) SNAP, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is a 13-week evidence-based program for girls and boys and their parents/caregivers. This gender-specific cognitive behavioural model provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control, and problem-solving skills. The primary goal of SNAP is to help children to stop and think before they act, and help them make better choices “in the moment”.

    FRIENDS Anxiety Group
    This is an evidence-based program created to assist children and youth to learn important skills and strategies to cope with and sometimes overcome, anxiety problems.  FRIENDS is for children and youth ages 4 and up. All groups are age-appropriate and have additional techniques for each stage of development.

  • Intensive Treatment Services

    Day Treatment
    The purpose of Day Treatment is to offer mental health services to children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18 while maintaining their educational placement or in assisting their return to a regular school setting.

    Intensive CFI
    Intensive child and family intervention services are provided to children and youth before the age of 18 years and their families in local communities as close to home as possible and in the least restrictive settings. These services are for children and youth with significant mental health disorders, who require intensive intervention for a defined period of time, or periodically throughout their life span, to maintain function in their home, school, and community.

    Intensive Support & Supervision Program (ISSP)
    This youth justice service may be considered as an alternative to custody available at the time of sentencing. Though initiated through court order, youth must consent to referral for this service. Clinical and community supports provided are reflective of the mental health and developmental needs of the youth, seeking to address some of the underlying causes of youth crime.

    Section 34 Reports
    These Court mandated reports provide an objective assessment of mental health concerns that may be relevant to the functioning, behaviour, or disposition of the youth involved in the justice system

  • Specialized Consultation / Assessment Services

    Psychological services are considered a specialty service and are provided by registered professionals who are members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Compass psychological services include mental health and developmental consultation and/or assessment to support mental health intervention or identification of a cognitive disability.

    Compass offers trauma-specific services that facilitate trauma recovery through specialized clinical assessment/interventions. Children and youth who are identified as having experienced trauma and/or display symptoms related to trauma exposure and/or reactions such as social and emotional difficulties may be referred for a comprehensive trauma assessment

    The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C)
    TAPP-C (The Arson Prevention Program) is a manualized cognitive-behavioural based assessment and treatment service for children and youth identified with high-risk fire-setting behaviours. It is offered in partnership with local fire services across the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. TAPP-C Assessments are completed by clinical staff as warranted. Parents/caregivers are critical participants in TAPP-C sessions from assessment through treatment. The manualized approach is inclusive of the client and caregiver resulting in homework from each session provided upon completion of each session.

  • Family Intervention and Support Program (FISP) (Community Capacity Building)

    FISP is a partnership between the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin (CASDSM) and Compass. The goal of the program is to provide more immediate access to clinical services in situations where a family is at risk of breakdown. This may be due to the child/youth’s behaviours, along with the parents’ caregiving skills resulting in a crisis situation within the family unit. The service provides assessment and treatment planning in collaboration with the family as well as a safety/stabilization plan if needed. Other services offered include parents’ skill training, social skills training for children and youth as well as in-home support.

  • Supervised Access Program (SAP)

    This Supervised Access Program provides a safe, non–threatening, child-focused, neutral environment for visits and exchanges between children and non-custodial parties or other family members. The program aims to decrease conflict and stress surrounding access to and/or exchange of children for separated/divorced families. It is available to those 18 years of age and younger.

  • Resource Program

    This program provides the support necessary to ensure licensed child care programs maximize every child’s potential for active participation. The program consists of Resource Workers who work with child care centres, community agencies and parents/guardians to support children with any need, including but not limited to emotional, social, behavioural and developmental needs. Compass offers this service in the areas of Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Chapleau, and Sudbury East.

  • Developmental Services

    Developmental Services
    This specialty psychology service provided by registered members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario is available to children and youth with a diagnosed intellectual disability experiencing significant behavioural or mental health needs.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please contact Crisis Intervention Services – Health Sciences North. 24 hour hotline—365 days/year 1.877.841.1101

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MINDSPACE offers mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.