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(CWWA program)

Children’s Counselling Program

The Islands Wellness Society Child and Youth Counselling Program is designed to aid children and youth who have been impacted by abuse in the family and extended community. By working with children and youth, the CWWA program strives to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of abuse by promoting healing.

The Child and Youth Counselling Program addresses the emotional, social, behavioural and historical issues surrounding abuse and violence, and helps children cope with the impact of an abusive environment.
Creative Acts as Therapy


Change is accomplished through the use of art and play therapy, a natural counselling approach for children that emphasizes the power of the image and the imagination to communicate.
Art therapy is also appealing for youth, as much of the work can be done in a non-verbal, and non-confrontational manner.
The CWWA program on Haida Gwaii does not work from a position of authority. Rather, the counsellor facilitates the client’s discovery of their personal, social and historical attitudes towards violence and abuse.

Child and Youth Counselling Services support youth and children to :

Express feelings in a healthy way
Understand that they are not responsible for the violence
Identify support networks
Recognize their strengths and increase their self-confidence

Child and Youth Counselling Services are:

Free of cost
Confidential at all times
Individual or group based
School based educational activities designed to prevent violence

Program Coordinator

Wendy Watts is a Music Therapist who has been working in the field of Music Therapy and Music Education for two decades. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University in 1995 and has worked in schools and hospital settings as well as in private practice.
She uses expressive arts activities that appeal to her clients including music-making, visual arts, creative writing, movement and theatre activities. In addition to working in the counselling and education field, Wendy is a writer, composer and performing musician. She believes strongly that the use of expressive arts can provide a powerful way to communicate and release any conflicting thoughts or feelings. It also helps to create a fun opportunity for clients to develop mastery, awareness and self confidence.

For more info please email or call Wendy at 250-559-4767 or childandyouthcounselling(at)


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