Men's CounSelling - Voluntary

The 16 session program provides individuals with an opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse and to learn non abusive ways of resolving conflict. The group runs 2 hours per session. This program is on a sliding scale fee for service.

Group topics could include…

  • How to express feelings rather than acting them out
  • Respectful communication
  • Developing a support and safety plan
  • How to identify abusive behaviours
  • Tools to prevent abuse
  • Identifying the impact of abuse of partner and children

What happens when you call/come in?

An intake appointment will be arranged/scheduled with you. During your appointment expect to answer some personal questions that include details about why you want to attend the Changing Ways program.

Intake appointments range from 30-60 minutes in length. After a successful intake appointment, you will be assigned a group start date and time to attend weekly.


Men's CounSelling - Court Mandated

The Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program delivers specialized group counselling to individuals who have been mandated by the court to attend in response to a criminal charge involving domestic violence. The 12 session program provides individuals with an opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse and to learn non abusive ways of resolving conflict. The group runs 2 hours per session and is offered at various times throughout the week. 

Group topics could include…

  • How to express feelings rather than acting them out
  • Respectful communication
  • Developing a support and safety plan
  • How to identify abusive behaviours
  • Tools to prevent abuse
  • Identifying the impact of abuse of partner and children

What happens when you are referred?

An intake appointment will be arranged/scheduled with you. During your appointment expect to answer some personal questions that include the choices you made that led to you being charged and mandated to attend.

Intake appointments range from 30-60 minutes in length. After a successful intake appointment, you will be assigned a group start date and time to attend weekly. This program is on a sliding scale fee for service.


Caring Dads

Caring Dads delivers specialized group counselling to fathers who are at risk of abusing, have abused their children or have physically/emotionally abused their children’s mother. The goals of the program aim to support healthy father/child interaction and create healthy strategies for men to interact with the mother of the child. The group runs 2 hours. 

 

Group topics include…

  • Building relationships with your children and child-centered fathering
  • Stages of child development – what to expect
  • Working together with children’s mothers
  • Problem solving in difficult situations and managing frustration
  • Rebuilding trust and healing within the family
 

What happens when you are referred/come in?

Men are sent an invitation letter via the mail with a specific start date/time. Men are expected to call and confirm a spot in the Caring Dad’s program. An intake is completed during the first group session. This program is on a sliding scale fee for service.

Learn more about Caring Dads on our website: 
http://caringdads.org.


Women - Court Mandated

A 12 week court mandated group counselling program for women seeking support due to domestic violence related charges.  Women will learn tools designed with a woman centered approach to support healthier decision making strategies that create positive relationships within their lives. This program is on a sliding scale fee for service.


Victim/Partner Contact

As clients are referred to the Men’s or Women’s Counselling Programs, specialized counsellors make contact with the victim of assault / current partner of the client involved in the group counselling program.  The victim/partner will be provided an opportunity to share their experiences with someone who will listen and support them in a way that reflects an understanding of the complexities of abuse and increases safety.  Services are voluntary in nature and are generally provided over the phone and include risk assessment, safety planning, information sharing and referrals to ongoing community supports.


Questions?

We're here to help. Please call us at 519-438-9869 or drop us an email at info@changingways.on.ca.