Youth Services

Pinewood Centre's Youth Services are designed to support youth ages 12 to 18 who question or identify concerns related to alcohol, substance use, concurrent mental health concerns and/or gambling. There are also services specific for youth who are impacted by a caregiver's substance use. Through group and individual support, youth are invited to reflect upon their present situation. This may include exploring substance use, risks, patterns of use, consequences and concerns of use and mental health symptoms (e.g. depression and anxiety) as well as explore the possibility of making changes. 

Assessment, Referral and Treatment Planning

Service begins with an intake which can be  conducted over the phone or in person at the different community treatment offices.  During the intake, an assessment appointment will be scheduled for the youth.  A comprehensive assessment consists of questionnaires and an interview to explore the effects of substance use and mental health symptoms on all areas of the youth's life, highlighting strengths, as well as developing a collaborative treatment plan.  The treatment plan may include short-term individual therapy, group services, DBT skills training and/or referrals to other treatment agencies (e.g. residential treatment). Services for youth who are impacted by their caregiver's use can access support and individual counselling. 


The DAWN Program

The DAWN Program is a 4-session, 6-hour early-intervention educational and motivational program for youth who are using substances and who are either uncertain about or do not intend to alter their pattern of use.  Information, discussion, and exercises are provided in a non-threatening manner, for clients to consider.  Clients are encouraged to reflect upon their present situation through exploring the impact of their substance use on various areas of their lives.  Discussion regarding pharmacology and risks related to substance use are designed to assist clients to make a more informed decision regarding their substance use.

The Transitional Youth Program

The Transitional Youth Program is a group for individuals between the ages of 18 to 24 who are interested in exploring the effects of their substance use, developing coping skills to manage substance use and mental health as well as participate in activities such as mindfulness meditation.

The Youth Diversion Program

The Youth Diversion Program is funded by the MCYS and is a partnership with the Durham Region Police Service, John Howard Society, Eastview Boys and Girls Club, and Pinewood Centre.  The objective is to divert youth from the justice system by referring the youth to the appropriate community based services to address underlying issues which place youth at risk of legal involvement.  If the Youth opts to attend services, they sign a treatment contract with the police and upon completion of the contract, no charges are laid.  Pinewood Centre provides an assessment, individual therapy and/or the Dawn program as the substance use treatment component of the contract. Upon completion of the program, the police are notified and the contract is fulfilled.  Youth may opt to conclude or continue with treatment services at that time.

Youth and Family Education Night

Youth and Family Education Night occurs a couple of times a year and invites parents and youth to come to Oshawa Galleria office located at the Oshawa Centre and the Ajax Office located at 95 Bayly Street West. Information about Pinewood Centre services are discussed as well as counsellors are available to answer questions related to substance use and mental health.

All youth services are covered by OHIP and are confidential.


For general information or to book an appointment, please contact a location that is convenient for you. 

  • 95 Bayly Street West Suite 406, Ajax 905-721-4747 ext. 6
  • 200 King Street East Suite 206, Bowmanville 905-721-4747 ext. 3
  • 419 King Street West Suite 125, Oshawa 905-721-4747 ext. 2
  • 180 Mary Street, 3rd Floor, Port Perry 905-721-4747 ext. 4