OUR GOAL FOR COMMUNITY
PROGRAMMING IS SIMPLE:
To help people help themselves by providing information, tools, and support.
The Outreach program is designed to address and meet the needs of people who have experienced abuse, are experiencing abuse, or are at risk of experiencing abuse, through one-on-one support. It is designed for people in the community who are unable to come into the shelter, or who are not in need of the housing aspect but require services to keep themselves and their
children safe from abuse.
EDUCATION & AWARENESS
At Crossroads, we strongly believe prevention and education are the most effective ways of ending violence within our community. We strive to increase our involvement with families, children, indigenous populations, schools,
community groups, agencies and the media to provide the best possible education regarding family violence. Crossroads’ presentations are offered free of charge to community groups, agencies workplaces and schools within the area we serve. We are able to develop responsive programming to meet community needs.
To request a program or discuss program development for your group, class or staff please contact us at 780.835.5550.
- Person centred one-on-one
- Goal setting and safety planning
- Life skills training
- Follow-up services for former shelter clients
- Referrals to community
- Anger management program support
- Advocacy and court support
- Women’s support group
- Coping strategies for anger + stress
An eight week exploration of learning to achieve emotional wellness. It is encouraged that you attend as many sessions as possible as the concepts build on one another. To receive a Certificate of Completion, all sessions must be attended (allowances will be made for participants to make up a maximum of two sessions). The concepts we will work on are as follows:
- The Anger Cycle
- Health, sleep, nutrition and self-care
- Discussion of negative coping behaviours and introduce positive ones
- The impact of trauma
- Communication styles
- Triggers and healthy boundaries
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Discuss outreach services and community supports
This adult program will be launching in February 2018. Join us for a fun, thought provoking and interactive group full of like-minded women. Together we will explore topics like self-esteem, body image, family of origin issues, parenting concerns, grief and loss, addictions, assertiveness, work-life balance and diversity issues. You will learn skills that will help you thrive in all aspects of your life.
Please call 780.835.5550 to inquire to get on the waitlist, it will be a great way to start the year.
We are hoping to offer Intergenerational Healing: a trauma-informed approach to parenting later in 2018. Developed by Jacquie Aitken-Kisch and Heather King from PACE Centre, Grande Prairie, this 16-week program is for adults who feel that trauma from their past may be impacting their relationships and/or that trauma may be affecting the children in their care. Please call 780.835.5550 to get your name on the waitlist.
With the completion of our 12-week Enhancement Program, participants will be equipped with the tools necessary to achieve personal growth as an individual, as a community member and in their relationships with others.
Participants will be involved with hand on activities, writing and developing personal plans. The techniques learned in group will be useful for everyday life. These effective approaches will be beneficial practice for use in both their personal and work environments. Certificates of completion will be awarded to those who attend all sessions.
Participants will develop skills in:
- Self care
- Budgeting skills
- Consumer skills
- Self care
- Personal health care skills
- Personal safety skills
- Self care
- Personal communications skills
- Stress management skills
- Anger management skills
- Self care
Internet Safety: At this level we discuss being safe from internet predation and cyber bullying as well as finding help if there have already been problems.
Healthy Relationships-Family and Friends: Offers information on getting along with others at home, school and in the community, recognizing abusive relationships and developing compassion for others.
Anti-Bullying-Bystander to Defender: This presentation helps kids recognize abusive behavior and the roles played by everyone involved. Students learn how to keep themselves safe and how to support a person being targeted by bullying.
Being Me: Discusses self confidence and self esteem and helps students recognize what those things are as well as giving information on how to increase them by taking reasonable risks.
Homelessness: This presentation discusses some of the reasons for homelessness and the services and assistance that our shelter provides. Also included is a role play during which the students have a question and answer session with a presenter playing the part of a homeless woman.
Healthy Relationships-Teens and Dating: Introduces warning signs of abuse and the meaning and importance of consent in dating relationships.
Internet Safety-Sexting: Discusses what is meant by sexting, who sexts and why. There is also information about what students can do if an image of them is shared or if an explicit image is shared to them by text, email or on-line messaging.
CALM Healthy Relationships: Provides information about what makes a relationship healthy, how our culture might make unhealthy relationships seem normal and the meaning and importance of consent.
Coping with Grief and Loss: The presentation helps participants understand the process and stages of recovering from a bereavement or other loss. Emphasis is placed on self care, finding support and respecting that although everyone grieves in their unique way, there are some strategies that can help anyone.
Assisting an Abused Co-worker: Discusses how to recognize an abused co-worker, client, or friend and helpful actions that might assist the person in finding help. This program also looks at how an abuser’s behaviour might impact a workplace and ways to increase safety for everyone.
Compassion Fatigue: This includes care for the caregiver and information about what causes compassion fatigue and
burnout. The presentation includes suggestions for skillful debriefing and suggestions for practical self-care.
Child and Youth Programming
The Child and Youth Support Worker provides services to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual and social
development of vulnerable children, youth and families. Do you have a child, youth, teen who is struggling?
Are you struggling as a parent?
Parents and youth can be unaware of how their behaviour can be influenced by:
- Family circumstances/changes (divorce, step-families etc.)
- Grief and loss
- Mental health issues
- Substance abuse
- Troubles with friends or at school
- Contact with the RCMP
Crossroads offers services and referral to families in crisis and/or experiencing conflict. The Child and Youth Support Worker assists youth and their families by providing guidance, problem-solving, emotional support, relationship building, and feedback. Assisting families in the building of healthy coping skills, positive communication, and resistance to crisis. Parent support is also offered.
At its core, the strength of our program relies on the relationship and trust between the worker and the young person.
Crossroads Resource Centre is introducing our Mindfulness Matters program. The program is targeted to youth ages 13-17 who are experiencing difficulties in their home, school and communities due to destructive anger and aggression. The program focuses on teaching youth better ways of understanding their emotions and learning to respond thoughtfully. The program is educational in nature with the goal of encouraging the development of skills that will enhance relationships at school and at home.
Mindfulness Matters will help youth better understand the links between anger and action. The techniques taught throughout this twelve-week program will equip participants with the skills to control negative behaviours.
This includes the following:
- How anger affects bodies, minds and behaviours
- Understanding the anger response
- Effective and healthy ways of expressing anger
- Developing new approaches to resolving differences
- Identifying anger patterns
- How to replace anger patterns with a model of assertive anger
- Developing stronger communication skills
- Relaxation techniques
- Verbalization of emotions related to experiences
- Choices and accountability
Mindfulness Matters is a 12-week program that can be offered individually or in a group setting. Please call to inquire.
Participants must call to register as a pre-interview is required to be accepted into the program.
Olive Branch is an interactive group program helping to build empathy and attunement. This program provides children with the ability of understanding relationships with others, cooperation and making lasting friendships!
Offered periodically through the school year, with the objective to explore feelings, work on communication skills, and
building self-esteem through play based activities. Please call 780.835.5550 to get on the waitlist.
This is a program based on social and emotional group play, highlighting structure, nurture, challenge and engagement. Sunshine circles are beneficial for behaviour management and building empathy.
Screens the developmental progress in children between the ages of one month- five and a half years. Our youth worker is trained to provide ASQ-3 & ASQ-SE (Social and emotional assessment).
The Five Developmental Domains
By age five, a child should be competent in these five areas of development:
- Emotional maturity
- Physical health and well-being
- Social competence
- Communication skills & general knowledge
- Language & thinking skills
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”