As a blended community based organization, in addition to credit counselling and debt management, we also provide family counselling and mediation services for families, couples and individuals in crisis. In addition, on a referral basis, we counsel and support individuals and youth who have had collisions with the law.
There can be nothing more distressing to families than the unit falling apart because of disputes between family members. A marital breakdown, parent/ adolescent conflicts, stress with elder care etc., can all quickly spiral downwards and cause deep rifts.
Our therapists are professionally trained in family counselling. They provide services for depression, parenting, eating disorders, anger management, grief, anxiety and self-esteem, to name a few. We provide you with a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to resolve underlying issues related to :
- marriage breakdown
- mid-life crisis
- accident or serious illness
- the death of a close relative or friend
- job loss grief management
- business or educational failure
- other traumatic events
We help you identify the critical focus areas that need attention and healing. And we work with you to mend family rifts with the least amount of lasting damage.
Our mediation services are a cost effective way for resolving disputes before you turn to lawyers and courts for solutions. Our mediators are trained to manage a wide variety of issues. They include family arguments, negotiating separation agreements, managing parent/adolescent conflicts etc. They can also be used to resolve disagreements between neighbours.
And furthermore, our mediation services can also be accessed for workplace and commercial disagreements as a viable first step toward reaching common ground and resolutions.
Community Service Orders
We facilitate court-mandated Community Service Orders for individuals through a program which funded by the Ministry of Correctional Services.
To make amends for their offenses, we match candidates with suitable programs within the community. They offer the individual an opportunity for reflection and self-growth to cultivate a life-long sense of purpose.
This is a referral only service by probation officers at the Ministry of Correctional Services.
Youth Referral Program
Similarly, the Ministry of Children and Youth funds our Youth Referral Program. We assist adolescents age 12 -17, referred to us by York Regional Police Services. These are youth charged with minor offenses. They are offered an important second chance towards a life free from conflict with the law.
Each youth is assigned a counsellor for 3-months. We help them with their goals, whether they are to give back to the community, find employment, improve their academics or apologize and learn from their incident. They are provided counselling to avoid future repercussion with the legal system. At the end of the program, formal charges against them are removed and there is no criminal record.