THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED AS
A SERIES OF FOUR WORKSHOPS:
Dates and Times:
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:
• social workers,
• 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.
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.
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.
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 is two-fold:
Through a trauma-informed, health promotion, harm reduction, social inclusion, and education lens, we offer:
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
Donations can be dropped off at Nelson Community Services office, Suite #201 – 518 Lake Street