What kind of counselling does SSAIC provide?
SSAIC offers individual and group counselling for victims and survivors of sexual violence (sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment).
Our trauma-informed counselling services are available to people of all genders ages 12 and older.
Our counsellors are governed by the ethics and standards laid out by the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. We believe you, and we believe in you. You direct the conversation and the session agenda based on your needs; our goals are your goals.
We never investigate the validity of your experience, and we support your choices regarding medical care and the legal system.
SSAIC does not charge clients a fee for counselling services or for participation in groups. There is no fee for service.
Counselling at SSAIC is conducted in a confidential manner. Information related to counselling is only released to other professionals with a client’s written permission, with the exception of other counsellors at SSAIC, and the counsellor’s supervisor.
No information, either written or verbal, gained during the counselling process will be used for the purposes of resolving child custody and access disputes.
Individual and group counselling
SSAIC provides individual and group counselling to people of all genders who have experienced recent or historical sexual abuse or sexual assault. Counselling is also available to partners and families of survivors.
Group counselling is not available on a walk-in basis; a minimum of one appointment with an SSAIC intake counsellor is required before participation in any SSAIC group counselling program.
Anything you say in a counselling or group session will be considered confidential with the exception of:
- Information which leads us to perceive a child (under 18) or other vulnerable individual is at risk of physical, emotional, or sexual violence or neglect, as we are legally bound to report such concerns to authorities under Saskatchewan’s Duty to Report Child Abuse & Neglect
- Information which leads us to believe that you are in danger of harming yourself or others
- Files subpoenaed during a court proceeding
Preparation for counselling
Client safety is our priority. Questions asked during our intake and counselling processes are used to assess safety, identify existing supports, and to ensure the best outcome for our clients.
SSAIC services are approached from a place of non-judgement. The counselling process can be destabilizing, and so we work to ensure that our clients have adequate supports in place. Anyone struggling with addictions, disordered eating, housing instability, or active suicidality may wish to reconsider engaging in the counselling process until these issues have been addressed. Due to the short-term nature of our counselling, we are unable to address the core impacts of sexual violence until the issues listed above have been attended to.
SSAIC Client Services Policies
- SSAIC services are for short-term purposes; a total of 12 sessions will be offered to each client.
- If an individual misses a counselling session without giving notice, or cancels a session within 24 hours of the session, the session will count towards the total number of sessions an individual is able to access.
If an individual is 15 minutes (or more) late for a session, the counsellor may opt to cancel the session; this will counts as one of their 12 sessions at SSAIC.
SSAIC holds a zero tolerance policy regarding abuse towards staff. Threatening or disrespectful conduct will result in the immediate termination of services between SSAIC and the client.
- Clients who have themselves been sexually violent are not able to access our services; this is for the safety and emotional well-being of our clients who attend SSAIC. For information about services that work with people who have been perpetrators of sexual violence please contact 211 Saskatchewan, a free-of-charge information service available over the phone or online.
Make your appointment today
For questions about intake, group counselling dates, or other information, please call the office at 306-244-2294.