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.

For more information about these programs, contact:
Valérie Gotteland : 514-694-3161 ext. 305 or email:

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:
Jeff Andrews: 514-694-3161 ext. 222 or email:

Others programs

Parental Counselling

A short-term program that address parenting goals and explored challenges that may be present and how to best address them as a parental unit. For new parents, co-parents, single parents, couples and guardians.

Emerging Adults Family Counselling

A short-term program using the strength of families to guide them through the transition from adolescence to adulthood. For families with young adults aged 18-30 living in the family home.

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.

Outreach Family Counselling

A short-term program to address issues of family dynamics and identify family strengths and solutions. For youths aged 7-17 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.

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.