Intensive Family Preservation Services

Sometimes families in crisis can avoid having their children removed from their care with the help of the IFPS program. This program offers crisis intervention and family counselling designed to keep children and families safe, preventing unnecessary out of home placement of children. This program was designed specifically for families with children who are at an imminent risk of placement outside the home. Services are available to families in the Prince George area, with an MCFD referral from a social worker.

Our IFPS clinicians and their supervisor are available to families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We use a variety of counselling approaches (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and parenting skills training) tailored to each family's unique needs. Our clinicians meet with the family in their home or in the community, as requested by the client. The meetings are scheduled at times that are convenient for the family. These services typically last 4 weeks and the clinician will spend approximately 8-10 hours per week working directly with the family. When services are finished, the family may choose to contact their clinician by phone or meet in person for a booster session to help maintain the progress the family has made. Follow-up calls or meetings can be requested by the family or their MCFD social worker, but like all of our services, follow-up is voluntary.

The main reasons for referral to these services are prevention of out-of-home placement of a child. Each family is different. Our clinicians talk with client's about the specific reasons that their family has been referred for services. During their work together, clinicians will work with the family to identify their most urgent needs; set goals and expectations for their work together; and teach new skills (for example, child management, emotion management, or communication skills).

Services Offered

  • Advocacy and support in connecting with other resources
  • Assistance in obtaining tangible supports
  • Enhancing positive parenting skills
  • Enhancing family communication
  • Addressing safety concerns
  • Counselling
  • Enhancing coping strategies
  • Referrals to other community resources
  • Building on families strengths
  • Relapse prevention strategies

For more information about our program, contact us at 250-562-3591.

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