School Based Programs

For more than a decade, primarily in cooperation with the CSSS Pierrefonds, Amcal has been a recognized leader in the community for offering structured, preventative programs for schools. The following program was developed for use in the Lester B. Pearson & Marguerite Bourgeois School Boards, but is also available on request, on a fee-for-service basis, to other schools in the Montreal area.

1. Social Skills à la Carte: tools for schools and students…an ounce of prevention. 

This highly interactive program, designed uniquely by Amcal in response to extensive consultation with our clients, is offered for elementary-aged students. The goal of this eight-week program is to help students develop positive social skills, strong relationships with peers & family, & peaceful solutions to problems.

School principals are invited to choose from a 12-item menu of skills, adapted for any level from Kindergarten to Grade 6, according to the priorities & needs identified in their particular context. The following components are included in every 45-minute session:

  • The Appetizer: an ice-breaker activity to get the children’s attention, & provide them a quick few moments to “change gears” from their regular studies.
  • The Main Course: the activity that will teach the selected social skill (e.g. a game, story, worksheet, interactive group discussion, role-play).
  • The Dessert: a quick debriefing session, validating that the children have “taken something” from the session.

In addition, three times during the eight-week session, students bring home a one-page “dinner-time talk” worksheet, to help them practice & reinforce the skills they are learning—not to mention include parents & other family members in the whole experience!

For more information about these programs, contact:
Sabrina Bouffard: 514-694-3161 ext. 305 or email: sbouffard@amcal.ca

2. Families First: linking home & school...

Sometimes a child’s success at school is dependent on addressing issues of family dynamics at home. For the past 14 years, Amcal has offered the Families First Program to identified school aged children in the CSSS Pierrefonds territory. This is a short-term, 10-session program that includes: 

  • home visits, to support the parents and provide tools & strategies to help the child
  • liaison between the school and the family (e.g. classroom observations, conferences with school personnel), to discuss progress & identify further needs of the child & family
  • referrals to other community resources, when appropriate.

At Amcal, we are committed to collaborating with other professionals and community organizations to help our clients.

Schools: LBPSB, Margeurite Bourgeois

For more information about these programs, contact:
Sabrina Bouffard: 514-694-3161 ext. 305 or email: sbouffard@amcal.ca

Residential program

The first step in a new direction... A unique, supportive and structured program that includes family counselling and respite care for adolescents facing challenges. For youths aged 12-17 and their families.

Family Counselling

Linking home and school… Support and short term intervention for families with children experiencing difficulties in school. For school-aged children and their families.

Supervised Visitation Program

A safe and neutral place…Provides a supportive and supervised setting that allows the strengthening of the parent-child relationship.

Our Place

Helping young parents find their place... A social and educational drop-in program for young, vulnerable parents. For parents of children aged 5 and under.

Community Groups

Helping families work better together... Skill building groups for children and adults dealing with issues such as anger management and divorce. Group availability dependant on demand.