Family Counsellors

Family Counsellors

The WFS Family Counsellor Program respects and values western 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 complex needs. These services include children that are in-care, children living with their biological families, children that reside on or off reserve, as well as any student within the Rainy River District School Board who is experiencing mental or behavioural health issues. Nonetheless, 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. Our Family Counsellors facilitate Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), as well as a variety of other strategies and techniques from evidence-based therapies. While some of the people we serve may complete therapy in as little as 5-12 sessions, we understand that long term services are more effective for some people who have experienced trauma.

Our counselling process encourages us as clinicians to work with the families, caregivers, and workers of the effected youth very closely throughout the treatment process. Although referrals to our program are based on the specific needs of the child or adolescent, please understand that parent/caregiver participation is essential to the counselling process and the healing of your family.

Linked Documents

Service Delivery and Access Flow Chart

Referral Form


Circle of Healing

Cultural Adaptation Article

Meet Our Counsellors

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