The Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling support to prenatal and parenting women under the age of 25 years. When working with youth who have substance abuse issues, including concurrent disorders, we adopt a harm reduction approach. The Counsellor uses various research-based, evidence-informed assessment tools when helping young people we support move through the process of change. Aligned with our trauma-informed approach to service our Counselor is trained to conduct trauma specific work and use a variety of treatment approaches.
The Counsellor utilizes intake screening tools, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Short Screener (GAIN SS) to identify mental health concerns and pursue one-on-one counselling. For intensive treatment, a referral is made to a partner agency.