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Winter 2021 Programs

Our Winter 2021 Program Brochure is here! Follow the link for a PDF, or read the text-only version below.

FSS 2021 Winter and Spring Programs

Call (306) 244-0127 for more information or to register!

Intimate Partner Violence Outreach  Program

This program offers support through short-term crisis intervention and counselling to individuals who are experiencing violence in their intimate partner relationships. Virtual support groups. No fee.

**Invisible Scars: Exploring Emotional, Verbal & Psychological Abuse

This 8-week group explores the impact of emotional, psychological, and verbal abuse on women’s lives. Provides support in healing the “invisible scars”. Closed virtual group.

Mondays 1-3:00pm      February 1st – March  29th

No Fee                       Pre-registration required

**Women’s Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Drop-In Group

This drop-in style virtual group provides a space for women who have experienced IPV to learn and support one another through sharing and discussion

Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm

Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30pm

No Fee                      Pre-registration required the morning of each session at (306) 244-0127

**Abuse and Beyond

This 8-week virtual group provides women the opportunity to consider the impact of abuse in their lives and move toward healthy and positive relationships. Closed group. Registration required.

Mondays 1 – 3:00pm     April 12th – June 7th

No fee                        Pre-registration required

Men’s Working Group for Respectful Relationships
This group is for men who want to end their intimate partner violence and build respectful relationships. The program offers 33 hours of therapeutic group work and meets every other Saturday over a nine-week period. Pre-registration required. Ongoing registration; Fee: $1,500.00 includes group registration and two pre-group interviews.

**Adult Depression & Anxiety Group

A six-week group for adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Group discussions, information and practice activities are part of this group. Learn about the effects of anxiety and depression and how to build positive coping strategies.

Wednesdays 1:30 – 3pm Jan 27th – March 3rd

No Fee                         Pre-registration required

**Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program

Provides a safe place for parents to strengthen their knowledge, skills and self-confidence vital to healthy and effective parenting. It also encourages a strong and supportive social network among participants.

Mondays  2 – 4:00pm      March 15th – May 3rd

No Fee                         Pre-registration required

**When Anger Gets in the Way of Parenting

A six-week course offering guidance to parents or caregivers wishing to examine the impact anger has on their children. Participants will learn how to effectively parent children in a respectful manner.

Thursdays  6 – 8:00pm    Feb 4th – March 18th

Fee:  $240.00                Pre-registration required

**Effective Co-parenting Group

A six-week education program that provides information about the needs of parents, children and families coping with separation and divorce. This program offers skills for improving communication, resolving conflict, and managing day to day children’s issues between parenting partners.

Wednesdays 6 – 8:00pm   Feb 24th – March 31st

Fee: $240.00                 Pre-registration required

**Calming the Volcano Within  (Ages  12-18)

This eight-week group will help participants practice the skills needed to control anger and aggression. Topics will include identifying the signs of anger and triggers, examining consequences to anger, learning behavioral strategies to “let off steam”, and effective communication. Pre-registration and an interview are required.

Tuesdays 4 – 5:30pm      Feb 9th – March 30th

No Fee                         Pre-registration required

Gympowerment (Ages 12-18)

This eight-week group supports youth who may have experienced challenges with bullying, cyberbullying or other types of violence. Topics will explore strengthening well-being and resilience through awareness, movement, belonging and connection. Light Supper provided. Transportation can be provided.

Mondays 4:45 – 6:45pm Jan 25th – March 22nd
No Fee                         Pre-registration required

DIY – Do It for Yourself (Ages 12-24)

This six-week group will provide a space for youth to share their voices, have safe discussions and make a DIY crafting activity. Topics about healthy relationships, boundary setting, dating violence, gender and sexuality, informed consent, communication skills, and more. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm Feb 3rd – March 17th

No Fee                         Pre-registration required

Drop-In and Bounce Back: Resilience and Well-being (Ages 12 – 24)

A weekly drop-in group for youth ages 12-24. A different topic will be presented and explored each week related to ways to strengthen personal resilience and well-being. Come and have some fun and meet others. 6 spaces available weekly.

Thursdays 4:30-6pm

No Fee             Pre-registration required each week

Parent Education Saskatchewan
This resource links parenting services across the province and provides support and information to those facilitating or organizing parent support or education services.

Parent Education Saskatchewan

**Group delivered virtually via Zoom

Proclamation of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Thank you so much to the City of Saskatoon for proclaiming this week, November 22nd – 28th, 2020, to be Victims and Survivors of Crime Week in Saskatoon. Our gratitude also to the Government of Canada – Justice Department for providing funding to Family Service Saskatoon and other agencies like ours to spread awareness of the courage of victims and survivors of crime, and of the services available for them. Watch the video to see our Executive Director, Janine Baumann, read the City of Saskatoon’s proclamation for this important week.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020

November 22nd – 28th, 2020 is Victims and Survivors of Crime week, a week to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors and about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors, and their families. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is also a time to acknowledge the work of service providers and their dedication to assisting victims and survivors of crime.

Family Service Saskatoon is humbled to bear witness to the courage of victims and survivors of crime as we do our part to support you. We are committed to helping individuals, families, and communities move forward in healing. Join us this week, and always, in recognizing courage, and renewing our commitment to empowering survivors. Watch our social media pages all week for more on how we are working to raise awareness of this important week!

Winter Weather

Our office is open again!  Thank you everyone for your understanding and patience while our office was closed to deal with the severe winter storm.  Please call 306-244-0127 to reschedule or book your appointment.  Counselling sessions are available either in-person (with COVID-19 protocols in place), by phone, or by video.

Response To COVID-19

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve across Canada and the world. Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the well-being of our clients and we continue to shift our services to meet the needs of our clients.

Family Service Saskatoon is open to the public with the following protocols in place:

  • Counselling sessions are offered in-person by appointment
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • Daily screening questions for all employees and clients entering our office
  • Physical distancing measures in place, including our counselling space. Masks are required to be worn while receiving in-person services
  • Everyone entering our office is required to wear a mask
  • Plexi-glass shields in various locations

We are also offering counselling sessions via phone or video for those who would prefer to access support from home.

Groups are being offered either in-person or remotely.

Walk In Counselling Clinics are available by appointment.

Contact us at 306-244-0127 for more information or to book your appointment. 

 

For anyone who would like more information about COVID-19, frequently asked questions, or how to minimize the transmission of the disease, please refer to the following websites:

Wall-In Counselling – COVID 19

Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the health and well-being of our clients, employees, partners, and communities. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves across Canada and the world, we are closely monitoring the situation.

Walk In Counselling clinics are being provided by appointment/pre-booking.

We continue to provide emotional support, coping strategies and resources through our Walk In Counselling Clinics – either in-person, by phone, or by video.

Call (306) 244 – 0127 to book your spot for Walk In Counselling.

FSS Response to Black Lives Matter – George Floyd

Family Service Saskatoon unites its voice with the rest of the world and takes a stand against racism, discrimination, oppression, and intolerance in all forms.

We stand against injustice against people of colour and particularly persons of Black African descent in response to the murder of Gorge Floyd, and in all other ways by which hopes and dreams are killed and dashed through overt and covert, systemic and institutional structures.

As an organization that is established on the principles and core values that support individuals, families and the communities in nurturing safe, healthy and respectful relationships we identify with those who are most impacted by the recent incident, especially individuals from the Saskatoon Black Communities.

We are open to learning from you, journeying with you, and within our organizational capacity work with you to come up with strategies on how best to nip in the bud any current and emerging issues surrounding racism, discrimination, oppression, and intolerance in Saskatoon and area.

We recognize the contributions of persons from visible minority groups to organization and community building in Saskatoon and beyond, and we reaffirm our commitment to:

1. service accessibility to all people on an equitable basis without regard to race, religious belief, sexual orientation, age or financial status;

2. individuals, families, communities, and our focus is to promote their health and growth through innovative, diverse and high quality services;

3. client entitlement and empowerment using a holistic, collaborative and gender sensitive approach in the provision of services, and;

4. a working environment that is collegial, and family friendly.

 

Janine Baumann

For and on behalf of Family Service Saskatoon

COPING WITH COVID-19

Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the health and well-being of our community during these challenging and unpredictable times. We continue to provide emotional support, coping strategies and resources through telephone counselling.

Please find below useful links and resources about coping strategies in response to COVID-19:

 

Preventing Youth Violence Project

Wonderful news today! We’ll have a lot more to announce as we develop this project but are so thrilled to be able to offer such crucial programming in our community.

“Programming designed to help prevent violence is key to sustainable change.  Family Service Saskatoon is delighted to have the opportunity to expand the work we do with youth in our community.  Providing young people with information, tools, and strategies on topics such as healthy relationships is an important step in working towards a violence free society.  We appreciate the funding from the Government of Canada to allow us to provide these services and we look forward to working with our community on this initiative.” – Janine Baumann, Executive Director, Family Service Saskatoon.

Countdown to Giving Tuesday!

The 6th Annual Global Giving Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019. Giving Tuesday was created as a response to Black Friday & Cyber Monday holiday shopping events, to encourage people to embody generosity and the holiday spirit in a new way. We’re proud to celebrate Giving Tuesday, and hope that you’ll consider us in your giving. We are a registered charity and registered non-profit organization, and donations help us deliver counselling services, intimate partner violence outreach and court caseworker services, childcare, walk-in counselling, and all the rest of our programming!

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