Start collecting family and prevention based resources on your staff team and in your community
Questions to consider:
- Are there staff in your agency with family counselling experience or training?
- Are there professional development funds you could put towards developing your agency’s capacity to work with families?
- Are there team development steps you can take internally to foster awareness and support for working with families?
- Are there agencies in your community who you currently partner with who have expertise in family counselling or mediation?
- Are there agencies you could reach out to partner with who have expertise in family counselling or mediation?
- Are there speakers you could bring in with expertise on family or prevention work?
TIPS: Finding Resources
- Do community programs providing service to youth including health services, drop in centres, and community centres offer family counselling you can refer youth to?
- Look for training in brief or narrative therapy, trauma, adolescent development, and family and youth engagement
- Look for trainings through local colleges or universities, private organizations and professionals in the community who specializes in this work. Also reach out to hospitals, children’s mental health organizations, and of course resources in your own staff team.
- Find local parent support groups with similar treatment/support philosophies