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New Start Digital Youth IOP

New Start Foundation / New Start Digital Youth IOP

New Start Digital Youth Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The first and only of its kind in Canada, is an online mental health treatment program for adolescents.  New Start Digital Youth IOP  was developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist.

Developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist, the program uses researched-informed behavioural approaches – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The eight-week online program, followed by up to six months of aftercare, combines individual and group support. The intensive program also includes parent/caregiver workshops which are based on Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).

The program will cost 20% of traditional treatment method and will allow youth in under-serviced and rural communities to receive effective and evidence-based treatment.

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With support from a few generous donors, New Start Foundation has been able to develop and launch the digital IOP, with the first cohort beginning October 2020.

Additional funds will allow us to treat more youth, train new clinicians, develop a tech library, and expand the reach across Canada.

Who is appropriate for the program?

  • Youth in grades 9-12 (14-18 years old)
  • Youth having difficulty with stress, anxiety, and/or sadness
  • Youth who may be engaging in risky behaviours to cope with difficult emotions
  • Youth who have tried to change or control thoughts and feelings and it has become exhausting and/or has not worked

Participants will learn to:

  • Practice acceptance to tolerate painful feelings and emotions
  • Avoid unhelpful behaviours when experiencing intense emotions
  • Notice and manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings
  • Understand that individuals are different from their thoughts, feelings, and experiences

What are requirements to participate?

  • Program will be delivered via secure video conference and access to a computer with microphone and video is essential (please contact us if lack of access to technology is a barrier for you)
  • Participants must avoid all use of drugs and alcohol prior to and during the group sessions
  • Participants attend weekly group and individual sessions for eight weeks, with additional support after attending the program for up to six months. Parents or caregivers will also participate in a three-session workshop

To learn more about New Start Digital Youth IOP and subsidized eligibility, please call

Applicants who meet the clinical criteria will also need to complete an application to be eligible for subsidy.

Download the subsidy application form HERE