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Overview - Why CDN


Our Values

At CDN, our values govern all of the work we do:

Children - CDN professionals have a responsibility first and foremost to the children in their care. Each individually licensed professional strives to achieve the optimal developmental and mental health outcomes for these children. Where appropriate, this is reflected in strategies to build children's capacity to understand and manage themselves and to achieve their best developmental outcome.

Families - CDN professionals recognize the family as the primary environment in which each child's development and emotional health are nurtured. This informs our clinical practices, and we support and empower the family with knowledge and skills to further their child's development.

The Interacting Worlds of the Child - CDN professionals believe that each child has their own ecology. In other words, many programs and professionals influence a child's development and emotional health. To support the interactions between all of these systems, CDN professionals utilize strategies to improve collaboration towards the identification and achievement of unified goals for each child. We endeavor to facilitate the exchange of information and build understanding amongst the team to reach the desired goal: creating networks of ongoing support individualized to meet the needs of each child across settings.

The Developmental Journey - Each CDN professional strives to help children and teens "achieve their personal best." We realize that this achievement is a process that continues beyond the time that CDN is directly involved in your child's care. Therefore, each clinician's strategies are designed to optimize outcomes for your child immediately as well as for the long-term.

An Ecological Approach

At CDN, we understand that each child and teen exists within their own family, school community, and other broader systems. We strive to understand these interacting systems to identify where and how to intervene most effectively. When one system negatively impacts your child, this can produce a ripple effect in other areas of the child's life. We believe taking a broad perspective of each child within their own environments - also called an ecological approach - provides us with the most complete and accurate picture of a child's life to guide our interventions.