Our Programs

Betamarsh Residential Programs

Betamarsh Incorporated has three therapeutic, residential staff modeled programs: the Saratoga Program, the After Saratoga Program and the Homestead Life Skills Program. The residential programs provide a supportive, communal living setting for youth and adolescents in need of an alternative living situation, who would benefit from individualized programing. Our treatment programs support independent living skills for youth to be successful in their future. Resident’s practice life skills on a daily basis, which includes: menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, daily chores, self-care, budgeting, banking and laundry. Residents take part in the work/farm program, which provides residents with the opportunity to make weekly paychecks by looking after the various animals and residences.

Responsible involvement in the community is required of residents through their commitment to a vocational day program, school, work or volunteer community service. In addition, the residents are introduced to other existing community programs, which may be useful to them for leisure activities, or social support or future employment.
The Residential programs support positive, ongoing family contact with biological families and where appropriate, the extended family. Betamarsh staff, with support from the placing agency, will assist in facilitating positive family contact. Each youth is assigned a Primary Worker and a Life Skills Coach to support and monitor the progress of the resident’s individual program.

The Saratoga Program

The Saratoga program is a therapeutic residential staff modeled program, licensed for four male residents between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age. The residence is situated in the country and each of the residents has their own private bedroom. The residence consists of one kitchen, two bathrooms, one living room, one recreational room, a laundry room and four bedrooms.

Program Manager and Contact details: Stephen Bidwell (519) 524-8012 ext 204

The After Saratoga Program

The After Saratoga program is a therapeutic residential staff modeled program, licensed for four male residents between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age. The residence is situated in the country and each of the residents has their own private bedroom. The After Saratoga residence is located on a farm, which is home to horses, cats, sheep, pygmy goats and cows. The residence consists of one kitchen, two bathrooms, one living room, one recreational room, a kitchen, a laundry room and four bedrooms.

Program Manager and Contact details: Stephen Bidwell (519) 524-8012 ext 204

The Homestead Life Skills Program

The Homestead Life Skills Program is a therapeutic residential staff modeled program that is licensed for five female residents, between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. The residence is situated in the country and each of the residents has their own private bedroom. The residence consists of one kitchen, three bathrooms, one living room, one recreational room, a laundry room, sun room and five bedrooms.

Program Manager and Contact details: Carol Wain (519) 524-8012 ext 204

Treatment programs that are offered, and are part of the per diem are as follows:

  • Initial and continual consultation of psychoeducational assessments, completed by Dr. Rosanne Field, Clinical Psychologist
  • In-house assessments completed every 6 months to monitor progress and clients’ needs, monitored by Dr. Betty Bedard Bidwell, Registered Psychotherapist
  • Monthly Massage Therapy, by a Registered Massage Therapist (optional)
  • Weekly Individual Art and Play Therapy, by registered Art and Play Therapists and Psychotherapists
  • Weekly Therapeutic Group Sessions
  • Weekly Grief & Loss Counselling, by registered Grief Counsellors (as needed)
  • Weekly Trauma Counselling, by registered Trauma Specialists (as needed)
  • Mediation (as needed), conducted by a Certified Family Mediator
  • Family Counselling, conducted by a Certified Family Counsellor
  • Therapeutic Tutoring (as needed)
  • Animal Assisted therapy, conducted by Certified Animal Assisted Therapist
    • Equine Therapy
    • Canine Therapy
    • General Animal Assisted Therapy; Pygmy Goats, Cats, Guinea Pigs, Sheep, etc.
  • Weekly Individual & Group Life Skill Sessions conducted by certified Life Skill Coaches
  • A Community Activity of Choice (example: dance, piano lessons, karate, etc.)
  • A full YMCA Membership
  • Work Program/Chores (which supports residents with earning a weekly pay cheque)
  • Community Services, such as Physician, Dentist, Optician, Speech Therapist, Nutrition Consultant, etc.
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