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First Connection

First Connection is the pathway for families to experience quick access to therapy to address the immediate or presenting needs of a child/youth/family. All clients who have been assessed at Intake as requiring Brief Services or Counselling and Therapy, are provided with a First Connection session of counselling within 7 days of their completed Intake.


The goal of the program is to:


  • Provide timely, effective early intervention
  • Reduce the need for more intensive and intrusive intervention
  • Improve functioning and resilience
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the presenting problem
  • Develop coping skills for dealing with the problem
  • Inform the child/family of other relevant community supports


For more information, or to make a referral for services, please call Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.