Health and Wellness Counselling Program

Sometimes children, youth and adults need extra support to work through difficult situations and emotions. Our health and wellness program offers counselling services for children, youth, adults and their families when they are experiencing serious challenges. Our caring professional counsellors provide health and wellness services to child and youth and their families in 13 Carrier Nation communities. Our community clinicians provide on and off reserve counselling to 10 of our Member Nations. Additionally, we also provide support to the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program workers in our Member Nations.

All of our counsellors work within a carrier cultural framework to ensure that our clients receive services relevant to their needs. Our focus is to integrate traditional practices into the assessment and treatment services we provide. Additionally, our team receives training to understand the unique culture, dialect and history of each of our Nations. For the most part our child and youth clients are between 6-19 years of age, although at times there are exceptions made. Adults with Indian Status of all ages from our Carrier communities are eligible to receive services. Additionally, we provide crisis intervention services to assist communities when a crisis overwhelms the regular resources.

The goals of the Health and Wellness program are to:

  • Provide children, youth and adults with access to timely, evidence-based and culturally relevant mental health consultation, assessment and treatment services
  • Ensure services are coordinated across public health and primary care, early child development, schools, special needs, child protection and addictions services
  • Promote evidence-based services as the standard of care, backed up by training, education and monitoring
  • Reduce children's risk of developing mental illness through means such as public education and expert involvement across sectors
  • Build capacity in families and communities so they are better able to prevent and mitigate potential effects of harmful factors in a child's environment

Referrals for counselling are accepted from anyone through our policy of 'every door is the right door'. Our services free of charge and are mainly offered between 830am-430pm Monday to Friday. After hour appointments and workshops may be offered depending on individual and community need.

For more information about our program, please call 250-692-2387 or email . If you are a mental health clinician or counsellor looking for career opportunities, please check out our careers section.

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