I attended my first Black funeral in January 2012. My beautiful grandmother had passed away a few days prior, and my mother, sister and I arrived to Port of Spain, Trinidad West Indies within a few hours. I loved my trips to Trinidad, but this one was bittersweet. Each day, before the funeral we sat in my grandmother’s home as visitors came to visit every day. The visitors brought food, told stories, prayed, played music, hugged, and connected with each other. So after learning of Mr. Floyd’s passing, I think the world… Read More
Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services hosts placement students from graduate schools across Canada and the United States. The graduate placement students play a fundamental role in supporting wellness therapists to provide a holistic, family systems intervention and provide counselling services to individuals and couples in need of subsidized services. Our graduate placements ended abruptly on March 20, 2020 due to COVID-19 and physical distancing measures. The following cohort of students started in May 2020, and they quickly had to adapt to a “lean from home” environment while providing teletherapy. As graduate… Read More
Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services is a counselling practice located in Durham Region that provides a holistic and anti-oppressive service for adults, children/youth, families, and couples. The organization works in collaboration with a non-profit, Ifarada: Centre for Excellence to develop programs for youth, and community members. We are currently seeking a Program Officer to provide support with our organizations in a virtual capacity. The program officer is responsible for building and developing the current marketing strategy and program initiatives. Title: Program Officer Type: Full-time (30 hours), summer experience program Deadline for… Read More
A year ago, I remember standing in a crowd of Raptors fans waiting hours for the champion team, the Lawrence O’Brien trophy, and of course, Drake to stroll by in the parade. Now, several months later our world has changed drastically. Many of us speculate that our “new normal” will last two years, others claim that we need a vaccine first, and others are optimistic that Fall 2020 will resume as usual. Whatever the outcome is, our mental wellness is as crucial as our physical wellness and avoidance of the deadly and… Read More
As healing professionals, where by you provide services as a physician, personal support worker, psychotherapist, social worker, nurse or more Mental Wellness begins with you to promote mental wellness, and to ground your own work in a strong foundation. Many times, it is difficult to accomplish given the demands of the work we do. Managing as a Health Care Professional Throughout one’s career as a healthcare professional there are many influences whether that be internal or external factors that can contribute to stress in the field. These stressors can adversely affect not… Read More
The title of this post is, Healing Pain with Love. It seems odd that a psychotherapist would suggest that love is an intervention for addressing grief and loss, anger, incarceration, violence, trauma, disease and illness and other forms of pain that brings thousands of people to counselling every day. Researchers have spent centuries searching for answers to address these experiences that pull a strain on our mental and emotional wellness, and create a plethora of unpleasant and unhelpful pain. So brace yourself for the hardest simplicity approach to healing. This year, started… Read More
In 2020, the entire world experienced a period of social distancing and quarantine due to COVID-19, a novel coronovirus that impacted every country on this planet! In 10 years, the history books will talk about this novel experience that this generation lived through, and our children participated in. Schools are closed. Recreational activities have shut down. Events and venues are suspended. Birthday celebrations and vacations are placed on hold. Parks and child play centers now considered unsafe, and marked with yellow tape. While we are in the moment, the novel experience is… Read More
We have the answers for you. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has put together a COVID-19 resource page for individuals seeking mental health support to manage the crisis. If you have a prior experience with trauma, often feel anxious on a regular basis, and struggle with managing stress, it is expected that this experience may place a strain on your coping skills. Sigh of Relief. We will get through this together. And just like that, we were home… Many of us may not have anticipated, or considered that this… Read More
Grief has a way of showing up in our lives at the most unexpected times. Sometimes, we can plan for the grieving process. Such as a planned change of employment, a move to a new community, or a family member dying of cancer. Other times, grief is sudden, unexpected, unwarranted, unplanned, devastating, and traumatic. In this way, grief is unexpected. It can send us into a place we never knew where we could be. It can change the course of our journey and our life forever. As a psychotherapist, I “dance” with… Read More
The following list are collected websites and articles for parents providing key tips and resources on parenting, building resiliency with young people, and addressing challenges in youth. Click on a topic for more information below: Mental Health Services Support for Parents, Children, Youth & Adults… BC Children’s Hospital provides a Mental Health Resource site for youth, adults and parents: Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre Children with Special Needs: Neuroimaging and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, article published by researchers Addressing bullying… Cliques and Put-Downs in Elementary Schools addresses the impact of “cliques” for… Read More
by: Helen Gibbs MSW (c), M.A. CYS Writing exams, moving to a new school, or a job interview are some examples of events that may cause your teenager to be nervous, moody and/or withdrawn. In those situations, those types of reactions would likely be expected and your teenager often “bounces” back once the stressful event is over. However, nowadays more and more teenagers are experiencing frequent or daily feelings of anxiety that are impacting on their activities at school, at home, and in the community. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health… Read More
Durham Region was originally the home of several First Nations including, but not limited to, Iroquois and Ojibway. Today Durham is home to The Mississauga Nation and a large Métis community. In the 2016 census, it was identified that in Durham region, just over 20,000 people identified themselves as having North American Indigenous origins. Due to the colonization and assimilation of Indigenous groups through Canadian policies and programs (e.g. Residential Schools), the Aboriginal people were displaced, and their land was stolen. Since the late 1960’s, government policy has shifted slowly to a… Read More
Cultural Competency and related terminology is used to describe service providers who are conscious of, aware of, and actively seeking to understand the cultural diversity with the individuals they service. However, in our practice at Aset Group, we go beyond awareness of cultures… we understand the trauma-related symptoms associated with racism embedded within services and especially within the mental health field. I recently asked our counsellors, both permanent and interns to describe their understanding of how counsellors need to be aware of culture within the counselling practice. Each counsellor responded with their… Read More
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