CAMP School

 What type of student would attend CAMP? 

CAMP is an inpatient program for youth that require psychiatric treatment and mental health services. Educational services are provided for up to 5 inpatient students, 6 to 17 years of age. The school is just one component of the overall treatment program, which also consists of therapeutic child/adolescent groups (i.e., anger/conflict management, drug abuse, relationships, self-esteem, etc.), recreational therapy, post-support groups, and parent support groups. CAMP provides programming for patients who need specialized assistance with school curriculum, from across southern Alberta. 

Who determines who attends CAMP and what type of program is provided? 

On call Psychiatrists determine who attends C.A.M.P. The students are diagnosed with having a mental illness and whose severity is impacting functioning within their home and/or school setting. 

What type of program is provided? 

The school consists of programming that utilizes Distance Learning materials or materials from the students? ?home? schools. The teacher is in contact with the students? home schools and provides programming appropriate to the children?s needs. In addition, educational programming is provided to students 6 to 17 years of age in the pediatrics unit at the hospital in consult with the pediatric Child Life Specialist. 

What is the staffing component? 

CAMP is staffed with one teacher and a Child and Youth Care Worker employed by Lethbridge School District #51, and is in operation from September until June. Hospital staffing consists of Child Life Specialists alternating to provide group therapy and coordinating with teaching staff to incorporate health related curriculum into daily schedule. Nurses alternate with family group sessions and ensure quality care of overall medical and social needs of students. Two psychiatrists admit and care for students in program. A Psychologist provides clinical leadership and testing on as needed basis. 

What happens when student is discharged?

The admitting Psychiatrist determines time of discharge. Prior to discharge, schools will have the option of having a discharge conference upon consent of parents. Schools will be provided with time prior to discharge and will meet at the hospital to review treatment and assessment results. Schools will receive a brief written report. A two (2) week and eight (8) week follow up phone call or visit will occur. Coordination with Alberta Mental Health is done by C.A.M.P. hospital staff.