Clinical services at the Ranch are multifaceted with the aim of providing additional services to the residential, educational, and vocational programs. There are three main branches to the clinical services. The first branch consists of Program Caseworkers, a team of multidisciplinary professionals including Social Workers, Psychologists, and Counsellors. These people provide services including: psychosocial assessment, treatment/service planning, individual and specialized group counselling, crisis intervention, case management, team training and consultation, family work, discharge planning, and post-discharge follow-up. Program Caseworkers also serve as the primary link between the agency, parents/guardians, and the various referral agencies.
The second branch of the Ranch’s clinical services is the Clinical Assessment and Resource Services team. This is an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychologists, a speech-language consultant, an occupational therapist, and other contracted professionals as required. This team provides clinical assessment on a referral basis to enhance the clinical/diagnostic conceptualization of the resident, and provides intervention recommendations. The foci of assessments include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, complex trauma, executive dysfunction, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders. Team members also provide training and consultation related to clinical issues, as needed.
Psychiatric Consultation Services is the third branch of the clinical services offered at the Ranch. Similar to the Clinical Assessment and Resource Services, psychiatric services are also provided on a referral basis. Two consulting psychiatrists provide initial psychiatric consultations and follow-up consultations, as required, to monitor the use of psychotropic medications and treatment effectiveness. Neurological testing is also ordered for those residents, as indicated. The involvement of the Ranch’s clinical services is not intended to supersede the ongoing interactions between residents and other staff, but rather, to provide a cooperative, supportive, and consultative effort to enhance the treatment process.