CHILD and YOUTH COUNSELLING
Children Who Witness Abuse
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
For more info please email or call Wendy at 250-559-4767 or childandyouthcounselling(at)islandswellnesssociety.com.