Riverview Program

Residential Mental Health Support Focused On Your Personal Growth!

With the unique needs of young men in mind, Riverview offers a healthy and stable homelike environment where one can grow towards self-responsibility with the goal of integrating successfully back into the family home or into the community as a capable and independent young adult.

A multi-disciplinary team will be assigned to work with each youth and family. Team members would include the program supervisor, the primary case worker assigned, a social worker, teacher, youth and family, and others as the need indicates.

Clinical Overview

The Riverview program is designed to meet the adolescent development, unique mental health and life experiences of each youth. The program operates through trauma-informed, relationship-oriented and resiliency perspectives. A sense of intrapersonal, environment and interpersonal safety are key areas of focus that permeate the program as the youth work through past experiences and build new skills for success.

Riverview helps youth with complex needs to increase social competencies and resolve past trauma impact that will end the cycle of multiple placements and moves that these young men have often experienced. Located just down the road from our main Ailsa Craig rural campus, we offer safety and stability to support growth towards health and self-responsibility. Our rural campus provides a therapeutic group living environment supported by Nurse Practitioner services, individual and/or family psychotherapy, our on-site school plus social, recreation and leisure opportunities.

The Riverview Program is a unique program funded through agreements with local Children’s Aid Societies and multi-complex special needs funding organizations. Through your time here, you will create an individualized program, in partnership with your staff team and other support specialists. Your program will be geared to meet the unique needs of you and your family by strengthening community involvements, family interactions and a healthy lifestyle.

Therapeutic groups and services at Riverview include:

  • Anger Awareness and Interpersonal Problem-Solving
  • Victim Awareness
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Dealing with Intense Emotions
  • Clinical Supports from a Master’s level clinician
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cognitive and Dialectic Behavior intervention
  • Impact of trauma

Let’s get SMART!

“SMART” goals at Riverview are:

S – specific                  (Is it clear to you and others who are helping you?)
M – measurable         (Can we evaluate this daily, weekly?)
A – attainable             (Is it something that you can achieve?)
R – realistic                 (Does it “fit” for you and where you want to go?)
T – timely                    (Is there a specific time frame that you can achieve this in?)


Youth who come to Craigwood’s Riverview program will have been referred here by Children’s Aid, CSCN (Community Services Coordination Network) or other Access to Residential Services centres. Family members are involved in the treatment process. Youth over 18 with complex special needs will be considered.

  • 5-bed program
  • Males age 12 – 18
  • Voluntary* admission
  • Ailsa Craig campus

Craigwood’s approach to building the foundation for the lasting success of our clients

* Voluntary admission: Admission to these programs requires consent of both the youth and their legal guardian. Please see our policies and framework regarding the Rights of the Child.

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