Transition House

Provides shelter and support for women and women with their children who are at risk of violence, seven days a week. For information regarding the transition house please call 604-792-3116.

 Children in Between

Children In Between is a program designed to sensitize parents to the many ways in which their children can be caught in the middle of their relationships emotional strife. The purpose of this program is to teach parents how to support and assist their children as they adopt to changing family relations, and support children to articulate their needs. The program also teaches the child(ren) ways to tell the parents that they are being put in-between, as well as to identify areas where this commonly occurs.

Research shows that over 60% of children who experience their parents’ separation or divorce have adjustment difficulties and may feel unhappy, angry, dissatisfied with life, depressed and deeply lonely. But most of the damage is caused not by the divorce itself, but the on-going conflict between the parents.

The goals of the program are to empower children by providing a safe, non-judgmental environment while working to develop social skills and encourage communication.

 STAR Summer Program

The STAR Summer Program is an opportunity for youth aged 15-17, that introduces them to the work-skills and life-skills necessary to successfully obtain and keep employment.

While participating in the STAR Summer Program, accepted applicants will participate in recreational activities, complete volunteer assignments, attend workshops, and work one full day at a local business or society.  In addition, each participant will be given one-to-one support and counselling both during and post program.

Those completing the three-week program will receive a reference towards their career and resume.

2017 Event Info
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Children Who Witness Abuse

Funded by the BC Ministry of Justice

Children Who Witness Abuse is a program our counsellors offer in group-format, to children who have experienced conflict in their families. Even when children are the indirect victims of abuse, it can have a negative impact on their lives. Parents often believe that because the children aren’t present, they don’t know the abuse took place or are too young to understand.

Seeing or hearing parents fight, things being broken, or their mother being hit is terribly damaging to a children’s sense of safety and well-being.

Our weekly meetings will teach children how to properly express their feelings, how to increase self-esteem and how to help and protect themselves.

Self-Management of Anger for Men

The Self-Management of Anger class is all about learning how to take responsibility for managing your own self and your feelings, primarily the feeling of anger.  You will learn where your anger comes from and how to identify it before it becomes a problem.  In fact, the goal is to be able to learn how to channel anger and use it effectively.

This course focuses mainly on anger in relationships and how to improve those relationships.  Those relationships could be with a spouse, a child, a boss or co-worker, a friend or a neighbor.

Supervised Visits

The Supervised Visits program is about the child’s relationship with the parents or extended family that he or she sees less often, not about the difficulties the adults experienced as a couple or family.

The program works to support the child, while ensuring their comfort and safety. At the request of parents, we offer parenting suggestions and information to make the visits as easy on the child(ren) as possible.

We have been conducting the Supervised Visits Program for more than 20 years.

Connections

Using Brene’ Brown’s Connections Curriculum this group will help participants understand shame and become more aware of its impacts on the emotional, physical and spiritual self. The aim of this group is to help participants practice self-awareness while exploring triggers and vulnerabilities. Participants will learn the importance of developing empathy and self-compassion so that they can create, embrace and inspire the change.

“While it feels like shame hides in our darkest corners, it actually tends to lurk in all of the familiar places, including appearance and body image, motherhood, family, parenting, money and work, mental and physical health, addiction, sex, aging and religion,” – Brene’ Brown.

Understanding Abuse

The Understanding Abuse group will provide participants with information about the different types of abuse and how they may manifest in relationships. We will discuss the impacts of abuse and the importance of self-compassion. Participants will also learn how to set and maintain healthy boundaries with partners, family and friends. Assertiveness training is incorporated into this program in order to help participants achieve a healthy and balanced life.

Connect Parenting

Connect is a 10-week program to support parents of pre-teen s and teens. Parents meet in small groups with two trained group leaders for 1.5 hours each week.

Each session provides parents with a new perspective to parenting, specializing in the various approaches necessary for dealing with problems surrounding our youth today.

Men’s Insight

The Men’s Insight Group is a group of 10 to 12 men who gather weekly in the evening here at Ann Davis Transition Society Admin office to share and discuss matters and issues that affect their daily lives in a confidential setting. The goal of the group is to promote and raise insight of men in their relationships in their families, at their workplaces, and in the community. The topics include: healthy relationships, use of effective interpersonal communication skills, taking ownership, building self-esteem, violence and abuse in any environment, building of solid and effective intrapersonal communication skills, recognizing negativity and use of constructive and anger free ways to resolve conflicts.

Men come and share their daily experiences in every aspect of their lives, the facilitator provides the psycho educational guidance for the meeting. This year, we have added some interesting and informative elements which will interest you as participant.

Building Healthy Relationships

Based on well researched principles, these workshops are designed to help couples to communicate and manage conflict more effectively. With the assistance of trained professionals, couples will learn and practice listening,speaking, and conflict resolution skills in a safe and comfortable environment. (Note: couples choose the content of the issues discussed so they can control confidentiality.)

The workshops are unlike any other being offered to the public at this time. Professional counsellors trained in Marriage or Family Therapy lead the discussions, while couples are provided with individual facilitators to work directly with the couples in practicing the skills. All this is offered for less than 1/2 the cost of what similar workshops are offered at.

Parenting Time

Research clearly shows that after participating in parent modeling sessions as opposed to straight supervised visits, children being able to return to families faster, with better long-term Children outcomes for families and for children in a number of areas. This has far reaching societal impacts for the families and communities that they live in. This program helps   children ages 0-6 by helping parents and families whose children are in:

  • Foster care
  • Families with MCFD involvement
  • Families where there is court ordered supervised access
  • Families where sole custody and visitation are in question
  • Client requested for difficult relationship between parents
  • Reintroducing parent into life of child following an extended absence i.e. prison
  • Reintroducing members of the extended family

Statistically children 0-6 who are at risk have better long term outcomes if families are provided parenting supports.

Goals for this program are that children will able to safely return to families faster, with better long-term outcomes for families and for children in a number of areas.

Legal Advocacy

At Ann Davis Transition Society, we provide free legal advocacy appointments that are confidential. We provide you with the support and information you need to help make informed decisions regarding your legal issues. We also offer a weekly drop-in clinic on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 (first come, first served).  Please call ahead to ensure the clinic is running.

 

Finding out information on Basic Family Law Principles and related legislation can help you to consider your options regarding:

  • Children, Guardianship, Parenting arrangements
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Division of property, assets and debt
  • Spousal Support, and Child Support
  • Income Assistance problems
  • Residential Tenancy Act Disputes
  • Accessing on-line family law court resources and court forms
  • Family Protection orders and peace bonds

Women’s Self-Management of Anger

The Self-Management of Anger class is all about learning how to take responsibility for managing your own self and your feelings, primarily the feeling of anger. You will learn where your anger comes from and how to identify it before it becomes a problem. The goal of this group is to teach participants how to channel their anger and use it effectively.