If you or someone you know are between the ages of 12-24, pregnant or a new mom and can answer yes to one of the following statements, we can help!
Are you …
√ in need of some help and guidance?
√ looking for safe, supportive housing?
√ wanting to attend high school while pregnant or parenting?
√ looking for parenting and life skills classes?
You will be accepted, guided and supported. We’re here to help
Staff members are trained to be trauma-informed and use this approach in conjunction with collaborative problem-solving. Based on this philosophy, Monica Place takes the stance that those we support do well if they can. Monica Place adopts a strengths-based approach using various screening and assessment measures in order to identify each individual’s personal strengths and areas for growth. Each person we support at Monica Place has an Individualized Plan that focuses on specific goals as identified by the youth to meet their needs and to promote skill development as well as personal autonomy.
Programs Available for Everyone
The Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling support to prenatal and parenting women under the age of 25 years. When working with youth who have substance abuse issues, including concurrent disorders, we adopt a harm reduction approach. The Counsellor uses various research-based, evidence-informed assessment tools when helping young people we support to move through the process of change. Aligned with our trauma-informed approach to service our Counselor is trained to conduct trauma-specific work and use a variety of treatment approaches. The Counsellor utilizes intake screening tools, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Short Screener (GAIN-SS) to identify mental health concerns and pursue one-on-one counselling. For intensive treatment, a referral is made to a partner agency.
The Counsellor provides support in both Waterloo and Cambridge locations. Our one-to-one counselling program helps pregnant and parenting youth make positive decisions for themselves, their pregnancy and their child.
SKILLS: Support & Knowledge for Independent Living & Learning Success
This program provides young women with the skills to enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program follows a SKILLS checklist that will allow everyone to garner the tools to be stable, self-sufficient and live independently.
This program is offered in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Young women who are registered in our Section 23 School Program can receive a post-secondary school credit upon completion of this program. This program incorporates and promotes the positive parenting principles initiated by the Positive Parenting Community Committee of Waterloo Region.
Speakers Corner Waterloo
Based on the unique needs of the young women and their current circumstances; community partners are invited to share their expertise on a variety of topics. These may include parenting, finances, relationships, independent living, mental wellness, addiction prevention/support, nutrition and more. This program enhances the work of all other programs by making connections to various community resources.
The Chaplaincy program offers spiritual guidance and support for day to day living. The Chaplain shows non-denominational respect and connection to faith groups and offers support during times of crisis. The Chaplain also facilitates a Pen Pal program linking young women to members of the community through written correspondence.