The CSAC offers many services and programs to help strengthen and empower survivors of adult sexual assault (ASA) and/or child sexual abuse (CSA), and to work toward the prevention of sexual assault and abuse.
The CSAC provides a wide range of supportive and counselling services ranging from crisis counselling, emotional support, psycho-education, recovery and wellness counselling. The one-on-one counselling services are one of the most valuable and most accessed services offered by the Centre.
The CSAC operates from a holistic person-centred perspective and offers gender sensitive trauma-informed counselling services. It is seen as a collaborative guidance relationship where the therapist provides structure, information and guidance in the healing process with awareness they are not the expert on the client’s life or how they should heal.
Survivors and clients who access counselling are at different points in their lives and healing journey. Many find themselves in a state of crisis when they first contact the Centre. The first crucial focus areas with a client are stabilization and safety; and rebuilding balance and reconnection. While each client is unique and topics of discussion vary during counselling sessions, there are common themes and areas that are explored in most sessions and include:
- Understanding dynamics of sexual assault/abuse.
- Impact of sexual assault/abuse on self, relationships and sex.
- Understanding impact and symptoms of trauma.
- Self-care and self-nurturing (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).
- Focus on self – confidence, knowledge and awareness.
- Stress management and relaxation techniques.
- Understanding triggers and flashbacks.
- Healthy coping strategies.
- Identifying and naming feelings.
- Emotional regulation – how to deal with intense emotions.
- Understanding boundaries.
- Meditation and grounding exercises.
- Grief and loss.
- Healing, remembering and letting go.
- Impact on parenting and children.
- Support networks.
- Connection between sexual assault/abuse/trauma and substance use and/or self-harming behaviours.
- Daily living (managing money, bills, work, sleep, eating, etc
- The CSAC offers educational workshops, presentations and Healthy Relationships Groups to all ages.
- Educational workshops and presentations for youth, adults and community groups on a wide range of topics including sexual assault, sexual abuse, healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexuality, sexual diversity, consent, self-care and personal wellness.
- Healthy Youth Relationships Groups at schools and agencies.
- Canadian Red Cross RespectED violence prevention programs (Healthy Youth Relationships, It’s Not Your Fault, and Walking the Prevention Circle: Child/Youth Abuse Prevention for First Nation Communities).
- Group facilitation of Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women.
- Support and educational groups as needed.
- Resource information on various issues in relation to violence, sexuality, relationships, sexual health and personal wellness.