Everyone’s healing journey is unique
SACE offers individual child and youth counselling for young people who have experienced sexual violence, including sexual abuse and sexual assault. These trauma-centred, specialized support services are available for clients of all genders, ages 3 to 17.
Preparation for Counselling
At SACE, our number one priority is client safety.
Questions asked during the Intake and Counselling processes are used to assess:
SACE services are approached from a place of nonjudgement. Counselling can be destabilizing and due to the specialized, short-term nature of SACE counselling services it is not possible to address core impacts of sexual violence until a level of stability is attended to. It is important that before and during counselling, clients struggling with their mental health, disordered eating, addictions, housing or family instability, or active suicidality have additional supports in place.
Individual counselling is available for children and youth between the ages of 3 and 17. Prior to accessing counselling, the sexual abuse or assault must have been reported to police or child welfare authorities, although charges or convictions are not necessary.
Reports can be made to the:
- Call the SACE main office at 780.423.4102 to speak with our Client Care Specialist, who will complete the intake process
- After this conversation, the individual receiving counselling will be placed on the waiting list
- The Client Care Specialist will contact you when a counsellor is available
The first session of counselling at SACE will be a meeting between the legal guardian(s) and the counsellor, generally without the child/youth present. For minors to access counselling, consent must be obtained from all legal guardians. If there is concern about the ability or safety of obtaining consent from a guardian please discuss this with the Client Care Specialist.
In the first session, the counsellor will ask questions to build on the history obtained during the intake process, and to discuss confidentiality. Counsellors will also ask about possible observed symptoms of stress and coping strategies.
- If an individual misses a counselling session without giving notice, or cancels a session within 24 hours of the session, the session will count towards the total number of sessions an individual is able to access.
- If an individual is 15 minutes or more late for a session, this cancels the session and counts as one of their total number of sessions at SACE
- SACE holds a zero tolerance policy regarding abuse towards staff. Threatening and disrespectful conduct will result in the immediate termination of services between SACE and the client
Counselling is provided by professionals who have completed, or have nearly completed, a Master’s-level Counselling program, and the department operates under the parameters of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
What is counselling like for children and youth?
Counselling focuses on improving how the child or youth copes with the trauma (coping mechanisms) and works through issues related to sexual abuse or assault.
Approaches to counselling vary depending on the individual’s age and interests.
Support is also available to people affected by the abuse of children and youth in their lives through the SACE Support and Information Line from 9am to 9pm daily at 780.423.4121
Counselling at SACE is conducted in a confidential manner. Information related to counselling is only released to other professionals with a client’s written permission, with the exception of other counsellors at SACE, and the counsellor’s supervisor. No information, either written or verbal, gained during the counselling process will be used for the purposes of resolving child custody and access disputes. Client files are retained based on current College of Alberta Psychologists guidelines.
SACE adheres to the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Canadian Psychological Association Codes of Ethics.
Anything you say in a counselling or group session will be considered confidential with the exception of: