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Children & Youth Counselling

Individual and group counselling for children 3-18 years of age, exposed to intense family conflict and/or abuse.
(Funded by Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General).

Program Purpose:

  • To support children and youth, to help them navigate trauma and learn new coping skills
  • To promote attitude and behavior change in ways that will help the child or youth feel safe, and better able to succeed socially and academically

PEACE Program Goals:

  • To directly help children and youth exposed to violence in relationships.
  • To provide a safe and playful setting for children and youth 3-18, within which to discuss their trauma and learn to manage their response to their exposure to domestic violence
  • To develop parental awareness of how domestic violence affects their children.
  • To interrupt, break the cycle of violence.

Over 500,000 Canadian homes live with domestic violence
Children are present during 80% of spousal assault cases
Violent behavior is learned. 40-60% of assaultive men have witnessed abuse themselves.

One in four spousal assault incidences involve children being hurt or threatened.

Children exposed to domestic violence are at a high risk to develop serious emotional and behavioral problems.

How You Can Help to End Violence:

Buy a t-shirt, especially designed for the children and youth counselling program. 100% of proceeds from each t-shirt provides one hour of direct service. Available at Desert Sun in Oliver for $25.00, for more information call 250-498-2538.

Signs of Possible Issues arising for in Children Exposed to Abuse:

Infants:

  • Listlessness
  • Disruption in eating and sleeping routines

Toddlers:

  • Aggressive acts
  • Clinging
  • Anxiety
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Destruction of property

School-aged children:

  • Bullying
  • General aggression
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Destruction of property
  • Poor school achievement
  • Disrespect for females

Adolescence 12-18 years old:

  • Dating violence
  • Bullying
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Talks or attempts of suicide
  • School problems (e.g. sudden decline in achievement or attendance.)
  • Alcohol/drug use
  • Running away from home

If your child has been exposed to abuse and is displaying any of the above behaviors, he/she might benefit from attending the child and youth counseling program to:

  • Express feelings in a healthy way.  Understand they are not responsible for the violence
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Identify support networks
  • Identify cycles of violence
  • Recognize their strengths and increase their self confidence
  • Learn about healthy relationships
  • For more info please email admin@desertsun.ca

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