Counselors are able to meet with children in our Surrey office or in the child’s school. It is our intention to secure space in Delta a day or two each week where our counselors can meet with Delta clients. We often participate in ICMs and other collaborative meetings to encourage cooperation between the parents, the school, other professionals, and agencies that may have a relationship with the child.
Children Who Witness Abuse:
Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling (CWWA) is a intervention/prevention program providing individual and group counselling to children (ages 3-18) who have witnessed or been subjected to abuse in the home. These services are available for the mainstream population as well as for immigrant and refugee clientele. Services are provided in the children’s first languages as well as in English. The goal of individual and group counselling is to help children and youth to learn to cope with the impact of witnessing or being subjected to the abuse. In addition, the program aims at preventing violence against women in relationships and breaking the cycle of violent behaviour in future intergenerational relationships. The purpose of the groups is to provide a safe, supportive environment where children can share their experiences, identify and talk about their feelings, improve their self-esteem and realize that they are not alone. The program also provides support to communities and raises their awareness regarding issues related to violence against women in relationships. Services are confidential in nature and are offered free of charge to the clients.
Referrals for Children Who Witness Abuse can come from any source, and the referral form is on our website at: http://www.dcrs.ca/services/family-services/counselling-programs/children-who-witness-abuse-counselling-cwwa/
Child and Youth Mental Health:
The Child and Youth Mental Health Program provides professional counselling services to children and youth (from immigrant and refugee families) experiencing mental health issues through individual, family and group therapy. Issues dealt with are varied and include: depression, anxiety, suicidality, PTSD, ADHD, and addictive behaviors. The program also provides outreach and education services to immigrant communities with the hope of raising awareness and increasing knowledge regarding mental illness as it pertains to children and adolescents. Topics addressed include: warning signs and symptoms and early detection of illness, dispelling myths, dealing with shame, the client’s and his/her family’s right to access medical and counselling services.
This program provides short-term counselling and support to clients. Services are available in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Swahili, and African languages, in addition to English. Services are confidential in nature and are offered free of charge to clients and their families.
Referrals for this program can come from any source, but priority is given to MCFD referrals. The form is available on our website at:
Please call 604-547-1202 to speak with our administrative assistant, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach Katie Rosenberger, A/Director of Family Services, please call 604-547-1373 or email email@example.com.