Envision Counselling and Support Centre
Envision Counselling and Support Centre (formerly the Violence Intervention Program) is a non-profit Community-Based Organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of members from the Estevan and Weyburn communities.
Their program has developed services and support for those persons affected by violence in their lives.
Envision encourages and support healthy choices in individuals, families and communities by offering innovative programming and diverse counselling and support services.
We envision all individuals living in a happy, healthy environment.
Money received through the United Way of Estevan is used toward the volunteer training program, the 24-hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line, outreach education, crisis transportation, volunteer coordination and crisis sheltering.
Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc provides counselling and support to children, youth, and adult victims and secondary victims (parents, relatives, friends or co-workers) of any form of abuse including childhood abuse.
Envision consists of five programs:
- Abuse & Sexual Assault Program
- Children Who Witness Violence Program (Estevan & Area Only)
- Outreach Program
- In-Home Support Program
- Volunteer Program
At Envision we believe:
- All individuals have the ability within themselves to identify their own healing needs and goals, as they are the experts of their own experiences.
- Envision’s counsellors have the responsibility to provide non-judgmental acceptance, empathy and guidance to encourage self-directed change, in a safe, confidential environment.
- By encouraging independent decision making from within the individual, we demonstrate our respect for the individual and the belief that people can help themselves when given the necessary support and resources.
- Counsellors shall be committed to focusing on a client-centred, strength-based perspective.
- In equal rights among all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, culture, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Individuals encompass an inner strength and wisdom, which, along with support for positive growth and change may influence the client to strive for self-awareness and self-empowerment.
- All individuals have the right to live with dignity and free from exploitation and violence.
- Envision Offers the following services:
- Counselling – We provide ongoing and crisis counselling. Most clients begin with one-on-one counselling, then move into a support group.
Support Groups – Envision offers three groups for women:
- The Controlling Relationships group provides support and education on the dynamics of an abusive relationship. This group runs once a week for 8 weeks.
- The Feelings group is designed to help women develop effective ways to cope with feelings and emotions. It also runs for 8 weeks.
- The Empowerment group encourages women to increase their self-esteem and self-awareness. This group is ongoing and meets every second week.
* Envision also is involved in facilitating groups for children and adolescents.
Children who Witness Violence Program – Envision offers individual and group counselling sessions in a safe and supportive environment where children and youth are free to express themselves. Children Who Witness Violence Groups are presently done with students attending schools in Estevan. However, anyone living in Southeast Saskatchewan may receive individual counselling through our Estevan office. Teens aged 15-18 can refer themselves to this program. Children and teens,15 years and younger will need parental consent to participate in the offered services.
Crisis Intervention Services – Envision provides a 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support lined that is run by volunteers. The volunteers also provide accompaniment to the police station and hospital and will transport women and their children to transition houses if needed.
Client Advocacy - Envision clients are offered support and advocacy for housing, police service and legal services.
Public Education – Staff are available to deliver presentations on a wide range of topics including:
- Partner Abuse
- Dating Violence
- Family Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Healthy Relationships
- Violence In Our Society
- Older Person Abuse
Workshops are offered throughout the year. Workshops include: Assertiveness Training, Healthy Expression of Anger, Self Esteem.
How Can You Access Envision Services?
Anyone interested in accessing any Envision service may call one of the offices or after hours our 24-Hour Support Line. Envision also has a website – http://www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com All calls are confidential and Envision does not subscribe to call display. All services by Envision are provided free of charge.
Envision’s Lending Library
Envision has numerous books and resources available to the community in our lending library, please contact either the Estevan or Weyburn office for more information.
How is Envision Funded?
Envision receives it’s core funding from the Ministry of Social Services and Justice. Funding from the United Way supports and maintains the 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line.
In-Home Support Program
The In-Home Support Program is a service providing intensive in-home supports to families and individuals. The Family Support Program is funded by the Ministry of Justice. Envision also provides In-Home Support Services for the Sun Country Health Region and the Acquired Brain Injury Program.
It is Envision Counselling and Support Centre’s belief that when families are given support, education and resources, they are able to recognize and build on their strengths. The emphasis is on maintaining the family unit by providing supportive services that strengthen the entire family.
Referrals to these programs come directly from the agencies that fund them.