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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:

  • Brittan McClay

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

  • Jessica Cole

    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.

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.
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JOB POSTING: WOMEN’S SUPPORT WORKER

Periodically, the Aimee Beaulieu Transition House is looking for women’s support workers who are willing to work on a Casual basis. Casual staff are required to provide a range of practical and supportive services within a safe and welcoming residential environment to women and their children who are fleeing abuse and who may also present with varied complexities such as mental health and substance use issues.
This work requires working 12-hour shifts during the daytime, overnight, and on weekends. You must possess a minimum of a Diploma in human services or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience and have a minimum of one year of experience supporting vulnerable women and children leaving violence and/or other vulnerable populations. Training and orientation to the work is provided.
Given the nature of the work, this position is available only to women.
If this is of interest to you and you meet the qualifications, please forward a Letter of Interest and your resume to admin@servicesfyi.ca. Resumes will be kept on file and applicants will be contacted when a vacancy occurs.
 CASUAL TRANSITION HOUSE WORKERS


Nelson Community Services is seeking qualified female candidates to work on a Casual basis within the Aimee Beaulieu Transition House Program.
Casual workers will cover 12-hours shifts on an on-call basis, including days, nights, weekends and statutory holidays.

Qualifications:
  • Diploma in human services or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience supporting women leaving violence
  • A strong understanding of the issues of violence against women and a feminist analysis
  • Experience with Harm Reduction practices an asset

This work begins as soon as possible; orientation and job-specific training is provided.

The wage is consistent with Wage Grid 11 [$18.66 – 21.73] of the BCGEU Collective Agreement.

Only those short-listed will be contacted.

Please submit your letter of interest and resume to:
Rona Park, NCS Executive Director
# 201 – 518 Lake Street, Nelson, BC   V1L 4C6
Email:  rpark@servicesfyi.ca
Fax:  (250) 352-3570

 

 

 
JOB DESCRIPTION

 

JOB TITLE:        TRANSITION HOUSE WORKER
Reports to:         Transition House Program Manager
Classification:    Integrated Victim Service Worker and Transition House Worker
Grid Level:         11
Effective Date:   March 2009
Last Updated:    February 2017
Union: BCGEU

Job Summary:   The incumbent in this position provides a range of support services, practical assistance, information and referrals to women and their children who are fleeing abuse, including those women who present with varied complexities such as mental health and substance use issues. Services are provided within a secure, welcoming residential setting. Casual employees have the same duties and responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Conducts client intake by performing duties such as obtaining demographic information, providing information regarding the Transition House Support Worker role and services offered through program, assisting clients in completing intake forms, assessing women’s needs, level of risk, and suitability for the program, and explaining issues related to confidentiality.
2. Provides emotional support to clients who are victims of domestic violence through active listening, debriefing experiences, validating feelings, and respecting client choices and decisions.
3. Assesses client needs for other services and provides information and referrals to other professionals and services as appropriate.
4. Provides crisis response, via crisis phone line, and intervention as necessary.
5. Develops client Service Plans, including personal safety plans; monitors plans to reflect changing risk, and liaises with police where appropriate.
6. Provides information on police, legal/court, and medical systems in general and specific to client needs; provides information on domestic violence, the cycle of abuse, power and control dynamics, impacts of trauma, and ways to avoid re-victimization.
7. Assists clients in completing forms such as applying for income assistance, rental housing, rental assistance, childcare subsidies, medical services, Criminal Injury Compensation, Victim Impact Statements, Affidavits, etc.
8. Liaises with police and victim service programs regarding information about client cases, including case status, hearing dates, etc.
9. Provides advocacy, when needed, to ensure client’s interests, choices, and rights are heard and respected.
10. Arranges appointments (e.g. medical, legal, court orientation, etc.) on behalf of clients where appropriate, and coordinates accompaniment as needed.
11. Maintains up-to-date information of relevant community resources and develops and maintains good community relations.
12. Provides life skills and personal care supports through 1:1 and facilitation of groups.
13. Participates fully in the care and maintenance of the Transition House to ensure everyone’s safety and smooth operations of the program, including light housekeeping, ordering supplies, arranging for immediate repairs, following fire safety procedures, etc.
14. Maintains case files and program communications as per policies and procedures.
15. Maintains statistical information for reporting purposes as per policy.
16. Participates in regular team meetings and case planning.
17. Engages in regular supervision with the Program Manager, including an annual performance review and the development of a training plan; participates in professional development relevant to this position.
18. Participates in the orientation of volunteers, practicum students, and new staff.
19. Engages in events and public awareness activities related to the program and the issue of violence against women.
20. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications:
Education:         Diploma in human services or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Experience:       A minimum of one (1) year of experience supporting vulnerable women and children leaving violence and/or other vulnerable populations.

Additional Skills:
1. Strong understanding of the issues of violence against women and a feminist practice framework.
2. Working knowledge of harm reduction and reduced barrier practices.
3. Excellent time management and organizational skills.
4. Working knowledge of relevant community resources.
5. Well-developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
6. Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
7. Ability to work well and network with other members of the community.
8. Proven experience with crisis intervention and crisis management.

Other Information:
1. Must be willing to work 12-hour solo day and night shifts, including on weekends.
2. Must be able to manage well in a stressful environment dealing with clients in crisis situations and that may portray mental health and/or substance use issues.
3. Must hold a valid First Aid Certificate.

Approved by CSSEA: February 6, 2017
Approved by BCGEU: February 23, 2017

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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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