The Child Advocacy Counselling Program (CAC)
The CAC counselling program provides a confidential, child friendly, child focused counselling program for children and youth who have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse. It also serves supportive family members/caregivers. Individuals are referred to the program by the Niagara Child Advocacy Unit’s multidisciplinary team (child protection, police, court and medical personnel working for the family).
The CAC therapist provides immediate, crisis support and ongoing counselling to victims of child abuse. Individuals who are referred to the program can expect:
- An experienced therapist, who is knowledgeable about abuse and the emotional recovery process and who has talked with many parents, children and youth who have concerns and confused feelings as a result of the abuse.
- A confidential space for you to share how this has impacted you.
- A safe place for you and your child to talk together about what has happened and for you and your child to discover how to start feeling better again.
- Information about abuse and how it affects children and youth.
- Opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help you overcome the abuse.
Information sessions are offered intermittently throughout the year and provide information about, child sexual abuse, the effects on children and adolescent’s development when they have been sexually abused, how to support children who have made disclosures and community supports and services available for families where a child has been abused.
This program has been made available through the generosity of the United Way and there are no costs to individuals and families. Therapy sessions and information sessions are offered at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara at 8 Forster Street, St. Catharines.
Therapy sessions are also offered at other FCC locations throughout the Niagara Region.
Walk In Clinic
Through this program, the FCC is able to offer professional counselling on a first-come, first serve basis. Appointments are not scheduled. Individuals can drop-in and seek the immediate support and assistance of a qualified professional. Immediate support is available to individuals experiencing a concern, a personal crisis, and/or seeking information about specific services in the community. Individuals may want to discuss marital, relationship or a range of other issues. The free Walk-In Counselling program is made available through United Way funding.
- Clinic Hours: Every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- First appointment 3:15 pm, last appointment 5:30 pm
- Location: Located at Heart Niagara – 4635B Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
The FCC therapists offer scheduled individual, marital and family therapy sessions to address a wide range of concerns and issues including:
- stress, grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, and work-related issues, child behaviour, parenting issues and blended family issues relationship issues separation, and/or divorce;
Appointments are available Monday through Friday. Each scheduled appointment costs $95.00 per session. Subsidized rates may also be available.