Healing the Impact of Race Trauma

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

Surviving Learning-from-Home for Learners

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

Program Officer

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

Navigating Grief

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

Parenting Resources: Articles & Websites for Parents

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

Anxiety & Teenagers

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

Asset Mapping of Indigenous Community Resources

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

Beyond Cultural Competence

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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