Family Counsellors

The WFS Family Counsellor Program respects and values mainstream clinical practices and Anishinaabe cultural modalities. The Family Counsellor's will support and assist children and families from the 10 First Nation communities within the Fort Frances Tribal Area, that require intensive counselling and have multiple or complex needs. Children that are in-care that are currently presenting a need for treatment can also be referred. This service is not intended to duplicate or replace clinical services offered at the First Nation level.

Our goal is to help clients understand and accept themselves, as well as assist the client in building effective coping skills that will empower them to help themselves. Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a model that our program has embraced and found to be effective in responding to our client's needs. This highly structured, short-term therapy approximately 12-16 sessions is for children and youth who have experienced trauma. This process encourages us as clinicians to work with the families, caregivers, and or workers of the effected child very closely throughout the treatment process. TI-CBT is a component based therapy that contains numerous essential treatment modules designed to be delivered in a flexible manner to respond to the unique needs of each child and family.

Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy Includes:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Relaxation/Stress Management
  • Affective Modulation
  • Cognitive Coping
  • Trauma Narrative/Cognitive Processing
  • In Vivo Desensitization
  • Conjoint Parent-Child Sessions
  • Enhancing Future Safety and Development

Service Delivery and Access Flow Chart

Referral Form


Youth Support Group

Circle of Healing

Cultural Adaptation Article


Kaylee Heyens WFS Family Counsellor

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