Violence Against Women & Child Witness Counselling
Northumberland Community Counselling Centre offers - funded by the Ministry at no cost - professional services to women, youth and children who are residents of Northumberland County, who experienced or are experiencing family violence. Child Witness counselling focuses on providing support to children as they heal from the effects of witnessing domestic violence. Support to mothers is also a focus as they assist their children to heal from the effects of violence. These services will assist clients to develop safety plans and strengthen their quality of life.
Counselling staff work as a Team or in Partnership with other service providers in providing information, referrals for services and resources provided your consent.
Community Counselling Program
Professional counselling staff offers
assessment and a range of therapeutic and supportive strengths-based
short-term counselling approaches in response to identified needs/goals
of clients. Counselling is confidential, culturally sensitive and
promotes healthy relationships for strong communities. Adults, youth and
children are eligible to receive counselling. Counselling staff work in
partnership with parents for children. Children under 12 require the
consent of their parents, however, youth over the age of 12 have a legal
right to confidential private counselling. Staff will encourage the
involvement of parents or legal guardians.
If you are experiencing:
personal or behavioural difficulties or
stressful life situations
relationship or workplace distress
bereavement or grief
trauma from life events
youth or aging issues
and feel you need some assistance to
cope, make changes and move forward in your life then you may wish to
refer yourself to the Centre.
Partner Assault Program (PARS) For Men and Women
Partner Assault Program is offered to both men and women who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abusive towards an intimate partner. This specialized program teaches responsibility and skills for healthy relationships with a commitment to non-violence.
Information revealed in the group will be held confidential, to the extent allowed by law. The program includes counselling and safety planning for the partners of participants (with their consent).
The group is designed to help men and women:
To understand their violence as a means of controlling their partner.
To examine the effects of their violence on their partner, children, friends and themselves.
To explore non-controlling and non-violent methods of relating to partners.
To become more accountable to the victims of their violence.
Who may be referred?
Post-sentence court mandated referrals will be forwarded to the agency by the local Probation and Paroles Offices.
Pre-sentence court mandated referrals should contact the office after being instructed by the Crown Attorney's Office.
Voluntary clients who acknowledge that they have been abusive and controlling towards a partner.
Thriving Together - Mother & Child
Group - A concurrent group offered to children and their mothers who have been
exposed and impacted by domestic violence. The children’s group provides an
opportunity for children to heal from the trauma of the experience, learn about
healthy relationships and meet with other children to know that they are not
alone. The mother’s group, which runs at the same time as the children’s group,
is designed to help mothers support their children and themselves throughout
the process of healing.
Mothers in Mind© - A group program for
mothers who have experienced family violence or other hurtful experiences and
have young children under the age of four.
It is designed for mothers who wonder about whether these hurtful
experiences might be affecting their relationship with their child and their
own feelings about being a mom.
Moving Beyond Anger Group - A
psycho-educational group for women who are experiencing frustration, anger and
guilt with respect to the challenges and demands that women can face.
Managing Change Effectively Group - A
psycho-educational group for men that teaches anger management, conflict
resolution, self care, relationship and assertiveness skills
Nurturing Within – NCCC, in partnership
with H.K.P.R. Health Unit’s offers a Postpartum Mood Disorder group for mom's
who are pregnant or in their postpartum.
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Sexual
Assault – This program offers individual, group, and couple counselling support
based on assessment of needs. Treatment will assist men to learn about
childhood sexual abuse and talk about their experience in a safe and supportive
environment to promote healing and wellness.
Family Life Education Program
Family Life Education is offered in
group programs/workshops in the communities of Northumberland to provide
individuals and family members an opportunity to explore various topics
on issues and challenges that can impact on family life quality. Each
year a new theme for the series will be selected. The Family Life
Education program’s goals are to provide the public access to
information sharing that will increase understanding, address trends,
provide awareness of resources, discuss problem solving, build supports,
develop new options/strategies and promote increased connections with
A volunteer program is in development to provide assistance to staff and support to clients in the programs and services of the Centre.
If you are interested in volunteering with Northumberland Community Counselling Centre, please contact us.
Fees are charged for counselling and some family life education programs based on a sliding scale geared to income. Subsidization of fees will be offered for those who require assistance. No one will be denied service due to an inability to pay.
Northumberland Community Counselling Centre is accepting community support through donations/bequests, so we may continue to meet the growing need for affordable, accessible counselling for general life issues. Please contact us for further information at 905-372-6425 or 905-372-6318. Or toll free in Northumberland County, 1-866-748-5720 or contact us by email at email@example.com.
All services of the Centre are evaluated by clients and community stakeholders to assist in continuous improvement for quality services that are responsive to the needs of residents of Northumberland County.
Referral to the Centre:
For convenience, please download and
print our referral form below (please click image below). Kindly submit
the form by fax, mail or drop off at our office. Self referrals or
agency referrals are accepted.
Please let us know if any of your contact information changes
following delivery of referral.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Mental Health Association- Peterborough Branch
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre
4Four County Crisis Program
4Four Counties Addiction Services Team
Highland Shores CAS
Kinark Child and Family Services
Path to Help
Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland
The Help Centre of Northumberland