United Way of Estevan’s Envision’s BIO
Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides therapeutic counselling and support, crisis intervention, in-home services, groups, workshops, and education that help individuals, families, and couples to feel empowered and content.
Envision Counselling and Support Centre believes in client-centred counselling, with an emphasis on engaging clients’ strengths. This means our clients decide what issues they will work on. Envision counsellors won’t force clients to do something they’re not ready for.
Counselling is available for:
- Victims and secondary victims of abuse, violence, and sexual assault.
- Children (aged 5 – 18) who have witnessed violence.
- Families experiencing an event or situation that is overwhelming or traumatic.
- Stalking and harassment victims.
Anyone interested in accessing Envision’s services can call one of the offices. All calls are confidential and Envision does not subscribe to call display.
Collect calls to the offices are accepted. Individuals may also e-mail a counsellor confidentially through our website. More information on Envision programs and services can be found online at: www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com
Envision has six programs to support the community:
Volunteers are an integral part of Envision programming, helping with public awareness, community initiatives, and crisis intervention. This program is funded by the generosity of United Way.
24-Hour Support Line Volunteers
Volunteers support victims of assault and abuse by answering calls on the 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line. Callers are looking for someone to listen to them, someone to talk to about their situation, or someone to provide direction when seeking services and assistance.
Annual training takes place in Estevan, involving more than 28 hours of education and practical experience, helping maintain a roster of dedicated volunteers who are capable of providing resources and referral information in a supportive manner.
The goals of the Outreach Program are to provide education, build knowledge, and raise awareness surrounding the issues of violence and abuse, healthy relationships, and self-esteem.
To promote Envision’s services and programs, Outreach staff coordinates and participate in community events, health fairs, awareness campaigns, and anti-violence initiatives.
In addition, the Outreach program is responsible for all public relations and promotional materials, as well as the ongoing maintenance of Envision’s website and social media.
In-Home Support Program:
This program is contracted by The Ministry of Social Services and Sun Country Health Region’s Child and Youth Program.
In-Home Workers are employees of Envision Counselling and Support Centre, not the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) or Sun Country Health Region. Each of the following programs operates within the In-Home Support Program.
Family Support provides intense in-home support to children and families who are receiving family and youth services mandated by MSS. The emphasis is on maintaining the family unit by providing a variety of supportive services which prevent the children’s admission to care. Services are intended to be time-limited and outcome orientated.
The Family Support Program supports the healthy development of families and children so they may achieve their full potential.
In-Home Support Workers first develop a relationship of trust with the family and then strive to act as a supportive mentor and consultant. The In-Home Support Worker encourages the parent(s) to make healthy changes which are positive for themselves and their family.
Family Intervention Program:
Family Intervention Program provides immediate assessment, support, and crisis counselling to those experiencing an event or issue that is overwhelming or traumatic for family members.
Family Intervention Program helps families experiencing:
- Parent and child/adolescent conflict.
- High risk child/adolescent behaviours.
- Marital/couple relationship breakdown.
- Step-family/blended family challenges.
- Any other significant change or loss within the family resulting in a high degree of stress.
Family Intervention Program provides intensive, short-term counselling (up to six months) with the option of short-term follow-up sessions with a FIP Support Worker. If further counselling is required, a referral will be made to appropriate agencies or organizations.
Children Exposed to Violence Program:
The Children Exposed to Violence program offers individual counselling for children and youth, ages 5-18, who have been exposed to violence. The program also includes group counselling and classroom workshops.
Envision provides a safe and supportive environment where children and youth are free to express themselves. The Estevan office is equipped with a children’s therapy room for child-centered counselling.
The program aims to help with skill development, as well as assist in safety planning and identifying support networks. Counsellors provide education and resources on healthy relationships, the cycle of violence, and the effects of exposure to violence.
Counsellors can also provide parenting support for caregivers of children and youth who have been exposed to violence. Group services and counselling are offered free of charge.
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program:
Envision provides counselling and support to victims of abuse and violence. Envision also offers help to parents, relatives, friends, or co-workers (secondary survivors).
80% of Envision clients come in for counselling as a result of non-physical abuse: emotional, verbal, sexual, or financial. Counselling is client-centred, offering support in areas of safety, empowerment, self-esteem, dealing with emotions, coping strategies, and problem solving.
For abusers, counselling is available through the Alternatives to Violence (ATV) program run by the Sun Country Health Region (1-800-216-7689). When there is power and control imbalance in the relationship, couple counselling is not a feasible option.
Envision will see male and female individuals who have experienced abuse, presently or in their past. Specific issues relating to interpersonal violence and abuse include:
- Family Violence
- Older Person Abuse
- Partner Abuse Dating Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Harassment and Stalking
- Counselling for Secondary Survivors: Helping support someone in an abusive relationship