A program for children and youth who have experienced serious family conflict
The Developing Healthy Relationships program includes individual and group counselling for children from pre-school age up to 19 years of age. It is a strengths based approach where children learn to understand that they are not at fault. The program is designed to:
- Dispels common myths surrounding family violence and marital abuse
- Provides a non-threatening environment to talk about feelings, and help teach healthy ways to express anger, hurt, fear, and other difficult feelings
- Lets children know that they are not alone, and helps them share their feelings with others experiencing similiar situations
- Defines abuse and lets children know their rights
- Teaches problem solving and coping skills
- Identifies the causes and effects of conflict
How does family conflict affect children?
Children exposed to violence in the home often live with fear and/or anxiety waiting for the next violent episode to occur. Research shows that some children show overt signs of family conflict, such as aggression and/or depression, and other children display less obvious adjustment difficulties, such as inappropriate attitudes about violence and/or poor problem solving skills. Children in both situations can benefit from a program specifically designed to meet their needs.
Program topics include:
- Problem solving skills
- Healthy ways to handle feelings, like anger
- How to manage emotions
- Healthy ways to deal with stress
- Increasing self-esteem
- Healthy and unhealthy ways to communicate
- Dealing with conflict
To set up an appointment
We also provide information to caregivers, give presentations to the community on the effects of exposure to domestic violence, and provide school-based educational activities designed to prevent violence.
There is no cost to access this program and all our employees observe strict confidentiality guidelines.