To engage youth (13 to 24 years of age) and parents to help address issues related to healthy interactions between families and communities through support, group programs, mentoring programs, and referral to appropriate external agencies.
When you should seek family counselling:
If you are struggling with violence and substance abuse you may need family services to help you find a solution.
If you are struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts you may need family counselling to assist in providing guidance.
Parents and Youth who want to strengthen their relationships should choose the right program from our counselling services.
Parents and Youth who want to learn better communication and life skills.
Improve on self-awareness, decision-making and problem solving.
What is the Sahara Better Families Program?
The Sahara Better Families Program (BFP) provides support to youth ages 12 to 24 years old and their families and also to parents of children aged 1 to 11 years old and parents that are mandated by legal obligation related to children or youth issues. Areas covered by the program are mental health, cultural conflict, violence and substance abuse. These family service programs provide 1 to 2 hour sessions to individuals or in group sessions, individualized assessment and planning, service co-ordination, supportive counselling, monitoring and evaluation of services provided to recipients, systems advocacy/resource co-ordination and outreach in the community.
To provide life skills training to youth and parents.
To keep youth and parents safe by teaching safety planning.
To help youth and parents identify and address mental health, substance abuse and violence issues.
To link youth and parents with appropriate programs and services.
This program offers:
Linguistically and culturally appropriate services.
Services are provided in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.
Assist clients in reaching their goals.
One-on-one and group programs.
Work closely with family members.
Work with other partners/agencies who specialize in child and youth
The Case Manager meets with clients at a location that is most convenient and comfortable for the client.
Sahara Parenting Program
This support group runs every Monday from 6pm to 8pm for parents and their children. This is designed to raise awareness and provide education on the issues of building positive healthy relations.
The topics include:
Parenting in Canada
Eastern and Western differences
Developing listening skills
Discipline (two part session)
Setting limits for children
Understanding the Canadian legal system
Understanding Children Aid Society
Understanding the education system
Developing positive relations with children
Help seeking behaviours
Sahara Parent and Youth Support Group
This support group runs every Thursday 6pm to 8pm for parents and their children and youth. This is designed to raise awareness and provide education on variety of useful topics.