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How many young people can a group home accommodate? 

We have several small group homes which accommodate 3, 4 or 5 young people. They provide a homely, therapeutic setting where they can live, learn, and progress together. 

In many cases, our young people arrive in a group home after stepping down from either an assessment placement or solo setting. Our home and therapeutic teams work closely to ensure a positive transition between the two so that a young person feels secure, confident, and ready to handle a group environment. 

How are group homes similar to solo and dual settings? 

Like in our solo and dual settings, we adopt a therapeutic approach to care using the PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy) model. 

PACE promotes a way of thinking, feeling, communicating, and behaving to make a young person feel safe, and it’s based on how parents connect with children during their infant years. 

If a young person feels safe, they can form close relationships, build trust, and confidently explore the world. 

Playfulness– we create a fun and relaxed atmosphere where young people can form positive connections. Playful attitudes help them understand that temporary conflicts and separations won’t harm their relationships. 

Acceptance – we help our young people understand that their inner selves will never be ridiculed or rejected and that we accept them unconditionally. 

Curiosity – we constantly seek to understand a young person’s inner self and what fuels their behaviour, interactions, and relationships. 

Empathy – we do everything possible to understand a young person’s emotional state. We never forget that, given their experiences, they’re doing their best. 

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