Priority Access is a family-based treatment intervention for families with a parent or guardian who has physically abused his or her child(ren). The program is offered to clients that are currently involved with a child welfare agency and living within the City of Toronto. Referrals are made directly by the Child Welfare Worker involved.
This service uses an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural approach. It consists of 16 to 20 sessions and focuses on all available family members. It encourages parents to change their methods of child discipline and deals with their frustration through a series of exercises and tasks that are assigned by the therapist.
The goals of this program are to reduce the use of physical force as a means of discipline and to introduce alternative and acceptable methods to help children demonstrate healthy behaviours as they develop.