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The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes that unique and specialized services should be available to all people, regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, culture, age, social and financial status, ability, or sexual orientation. To support this access, we work to address systemic barriers, and to build trust and tailored programming in identified communities.

The SACE Community Counselling program

Strives to create inclusive and accessible supports that are tailored to the needs of individuals, groups, and communities. Through working collaboratively with service providers in the community to identify what the needs and barriers are, this program supports populations who experience additional barriers to accessing support services for sexual violence, such as complex needs related to systemic oppression, racism and/or marginalization.

Our Community Counsellors work to build relationships and bridge SACE supports by providing support services onsite at agencies serving newcomer, immigrant and refugee, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous, and intersecting youth (16+) at high risk populations. SACE services are approached from a client-centred, non-judgmental perspective in which clients are treated with dignity and respect.

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The Community Counselling Program provides:

Short-term counselling and crisis intervention for adults and youth ages 16+
Emergency appointments, as needed for crisis intervention and safety
Phone or in-person consultation with service providers
Scheduled weekly provision of supports at community agencies where there is an identified need due to barriers to accessing SACE
This can include consultation, collaboration & partnership, needs assessment/community scan, tailored presentations, resource materials development, intake & client care, short-term counselling, psychoeducational groups, and client advocacy
Case consultation and collaborations with other SACE programs and inclusion committees to support improved experiences for people holding intersectional identities that experience marginalization

Community counselling at SACE
has a focus on trauma-informed stabilization, solutions-focused counselling, feminist therapy, and resourcing and advocacy.

Our Community Counsellors will work to address anything that may impact a person’s access to trauma counselling through SACE. If a client is ready for and would like to access specialized trauma counselling for sexual violence, their Community Counsellor can bridge them into a supported intake process for our counselling program at SACE, available in-person or through telehealth. Intake support is available for families supporting a child or youth as well. Community Counsellors will help with navigating services and providing information, and can also assist with connecting to options for translation.


For more information on Community Counselling, or to request support for yourself or a client, you can:

Email community counselling

Call our office

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