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CHILD & YOUTH COUNSELLING

Children and youth, three to 18 years of age, who have witnessed or experienced violence, who are coping with major life changes or loss including parental separation and divorce, or who have experienced sexual abuse or may be acting out in a sexualized manner are able to receive counselling and support from this program.

Families or youth can request service directly.
Referrals can also come from:
•   Schools,
•   daycares,
•   social workers,
•   police,
•   advocates,
•   mental health clinicians,
•   Victim Assistance workers,
•   transition house staff,
•   parent educators and
•   family support workers.

 

 

In an effort to help children and youth make sense of their experience and feel as safe as possible, we offer a variety of expressive therapies including art therapy, play therapy and sand tray therapy as well as narrative and cognitive behavioural approaches.

We often work closely with NCS’ Parenting Support Program to assist parents in most effectively supporting children through difficult times and through the healing process.  We offer individual counselling as well as group counselling, including weekly groups in elementary and middle schools as a form of early intervention for children identified as potentially at-risk.

 

This program is funded by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment)  Program for children who have witnessed or experienced violence, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Sexual Abuse Intervention Program for children who have experienced sexual abuse or may be acting out in a sexualized manner.

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STOPPING THE VIOLENCE – WOMEN’S COUNSELLING PROGRAM

Stopping the Violence  (STV) Women’s Counselling Program

The STV Women’s Counseling Program offers individual and group counselling for self-identified women, aged 19 and older, who have experienced relationship abuse, sexual assault, and/or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse at any age. We work from a feminist perspective using a trauma-informed approach to supporting women. The program aims to offer a safe space for women to address issues that have arisen from their experiences and focuses on empowering women to make decisions that feel right for them. This can include naming the type of abuse experienced, exploring and identifying coping strategies, strengths, and increasing a sense of safety in their lives. Women are welcome to self-refer by connecting with Nelson Community Services.
This program is funded by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General.

PROGRAM STAFF:

  • Melanie Jones

    Melanie has been with NCS since 2020

  • Brittan McClay

    Brittan has been with NCS since 2013. BFA, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Art Therapy.

  • Jessica Cole on Maternity Leave

    Jessica has been with NCS since 2017. BA (English), BA (Psychology), MA (Counselling Psychology) in progress.

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CHILD & YOUTH COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH

Child and Youth Community Mental Health Program

 

When children and youth are experiencing severe mental, emotional and behavioural problems, both the child/youth and the parents/caregivers need support to help understand and manage their experiences. We provide a safe, supported environment for children and youth to explore their feelings, behaviours, values and beliefs. Children and youth participate in and are actively involved in setting their own goals for treatment. Support is also provided to parents/caregivers in an effort to promote a deeper understanding of the child/youth’s experience and to promote healthy lifestyle choices within the family. We facilitate referrals for further assessments and treatment, if necessary, and provide support throughout this process.

 

This program works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (the Ministry) Child and Youth Mental Health Program. All referrals to our program must come from the Ministry office.  The Ministry funds this community program.

PROGRAM STAFF:

  • Roger Luscombe

    Roger has been with NCS since 2005. M.Sc. (Behavioural Science), Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy.

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Nelson Street Outreach Evaluation Report

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Downtown Nelson Street Outreach
Year One Pilot Project

EVALUATION REPORT

By
Lynda Dechief, M.Sc.
Equality Consulting
250.352.0011
lynda@equality-consulting.ca
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Nelson Street Outreach

NELSON STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM

This program began in October 2016 as a way to provide a caring, comprehensive, and direct response to the immediate and longer-term needs of Nelson’s growing ‘street culture’ population. Services are offered throughout the year from Monday to Friday during daytime hours. To reach the team please call 250-777-3993.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe that all individuals who rely on a community’s ‘street culture’ to live and/or survive are valued community members and have the right to receive support and access stabilization services in a manner that respects their dignity, their strengths, and their right to choose.

 

 

 

 

OUR MISSION

Our Mission is two-fold:

  1. To work in collaboration with relevant service providers to identify members of Nelson’s ‘street culture’ population, assess their immediate and long-term needs for health, safety, and basic needs, and offer a range of supports and services designed to meet these needs.
  2. To support downtown business owners and the general public in their increased understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of the challenges of the ‘street culture’ population and to foster a culture of mutual respect.

 

 

 

OUR SERVICES

Through a trauma-informed, health promotion, harm reduction, social inclusion, and education lens, we offer:

  • Assessment of needs
  • Support & advocacy
  • Information & referrals Crisis intervention
  • Accompaniment
  • Inclusion activities
  • Public education
This program currently relies solely on grants and donations from our community.
If you support the work of this program and would like to see it continue,
then please consider making a donation.
All donations over $20 are tax receipt-able.
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
Here is an opportunity to support this program.

OUR TEAM & OUR TRAINING

Ryall and Jeremy

Our team is made up of two street outreach workers, two peer support volunteers, and a program manager. Nursing students from Selkirk College accompany us on the streets.

Our training includes Mental Health First Aid, Basic First Aid/CPR, Assessment, Case Management, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Privacy/Info sharing, Drug Information, Naloxone, Mental Health and Substance Use, Health Precautions & Personal Safety

 

 

In our Pilot Year, we:

  • Served 284 unique individuals (72% male; 27% female; 1% non-binary; 20% absolute homeless; 30% temporarily housed; 50% housed but at-risk)
  • Made 284 referrals (including 86 to addictions treatment)
  • 2,783 interventions (basic needs, referrals, emergencies, etc.)
  • Made 7 presentations
  • Started “Street Soccer” team
  • Jeremy Kelly

    Jeremy has been with NCS since 2016. background in community support work.

  • Ryall Giuliano

    Ryall has been with NCS since 2016. BA (Philosophy), Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication.

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Nelson Street Outreach Donations

Ryall and Jeremy

Ryall and Jeremy, our Street Outreach Workers, interact directly with the Nelson “street culture” people, helping them to identify their immediate needs and plan a way forward.

Anticipating another cold winter in Nelson, donations of new gloves, mitts, hats, scarves, and socks are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at Nelson Community Services office, Suite #201 – 518 Lake Street

 

Making a cash donation through CanadaHelps will let us purchase other items of need for this program.
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

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YOUTH OUTREACH

YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAM

We understand that not all youth receive the necessary support and modelling needed in order to make a healthy transition into adulthood. We are here to help youth with this transition process so that they can develop the necessary foundations for living fulfilling and productive lives as adults.
In the Youth Outreach Program, we assist local youth, aged 13 -19, with making positive life changes and strengthening their connections with the community, school, family, and friends. This happens by:
•   offering safe, confidential services, including re-integration/connection to educational institutions,
•   supportive counselling and crisis intervention,
•   information and strategies for decision-making, harm reduction,
•   short and long-term shelter,
•   the provision of food and personal items that help youth meet their basic needs,
•   referrals to other services and,
•   when needed, a physical presence/support to help facilitate and encourage youth to access important community resources.
Our approach is welcoming, flexible, and non-judgmental and reflects each youth’s personal growth, strengths, and individual lifestyle.

 

This program is funded by School District # 8 and the Ministry of Children & Family Development.

PROGRAM STAFF:

  • Rick Kutzner

    Rick has been with NCS since 2016. Registered Professional Counselor (RPC) and Life Skills Coach.  

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WOMEN’S HEALING JOURNEY

This is a therapeutic group for self-identified women who are ready to embark on a healing journey around the effects of experiencing sexual, emotional, or physical abuse in childhood and/or adulthood.

In the group you will be exploring topics such as education around abuse and effects of abuse, boundaries, self-esteem, trust and intimacy.

This is a closed group and pre-screening is required.

Supports for childcare and transportation are available. Maximum 10 participants.
Check back fall 2016.

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PARENT SUPPORT

In these rapidly changing times, raising a child can be a challenging experience, and in the parenting field, there is seemingly contradictory information about child-rearing, a lack of information about child development, and no magic formula. Our Family Support/Parent Support Program provides support and resources for parents and those caring for children and youth. We offer strategies that are skill-based, solution-focussed, and attachment-oriented. Understanding and identifying the parent/child dynamics can be most significant in helping parents see their child from the inside out and thus take charge of family situations. This approach is the foundation of our program with the goal of preserving, stabilizing, and strengthening families in our community.

 

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

 

PROGRAM STAFF:

  • Liz Amaral

    Liz has been with NCS since 1997. MEd, ECE, Canadian Family Educator Certification (1993)....

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FAMILY SUPPORT

The Family Support Program recognizes that families, for a variety of reasons, require support from time to time as they attempt to navigate through many life challenges compounded by the demands of parenting. We work alongside the family through this journey helping to bring understanding, support, and guidance.

The supports we can offer are very diverse yet are specific to the current needs of all members of the family.  This generally involves:

  • Assessing the specific needs of the family and developing goals together
  • Promoting healthy, safe parent-child relationships and overall family wellness
  • Connecting family members to key services and supports in the community in a way that works for them
  • Working as a team with the family and Ministry social workers through the Integrated Case Management approach
  • Helping families find new ways to meet life’s challenges and stressors

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) funds this program.

 

PROGRAM STAFF:

  • Krista Robson

    Krista has been with NCS since 2018

  • Donna Wright

    Donna has been with NCS since 1999. Background in family services field.

  • Lindsay Dew

    Lindsay has been with NCS since 2015. BFA, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy.

  • Tara Gray

    Tara has been with NCS since 2017. Child, Youth and Family Studies Diploma, ECE.

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