PEACE Program (Trauma Counselling for Children Affected by Family Violence)
Our PEACE program stands for prevention, education, advocacy, and counselling, and is available to children and youth ages 3 – 18 who have been exposed to domestic violence.
This program focuses on improving the child/youth’s emotional health and self-esteem and strives to:
- Stop the cycle of violence by teaching non-violent ways to resolve conflict
- Develop parental awareness of how violence affects the lives of their children
- Provide community awareness of the effects of violence
- Build healthy communities by supporting clients to develop healthy relationship skills.
Play is the natural medium for self-expression in children, so we use play therapy as well as art, movement, and sand play therapy. Somatic therapy, talk therapy and attachment based therapies are also utilized.
Because a supportive parent(s)/caretaker(s) is the primary curative force in a child’s life, they are invited to be involved as co-therapists to help strengthen the child and to maximize the healing process. Referral for teens requires their consent.
Services may include the following options: individual, group or family therapy.
Fees: There are no fees for these services, however there are waitlists. To access the PEACE program, please contact the intake coordinator at 604 874 2938 ext 4141. Our counsellors will help you to determine which service is best for your child(ren).
Our staff: Our counselling team are professionally trained therapists/counsellors with graduate degrees in clinical social work and counselling psychology. Our counselling staff strive for professional excellence, staying on top of the latest developments in the field of trauma therapy, individual and family therapy. They receive regular supervision and maintain strict confidentiality.
Funding is provided by the Ministry of Justice.
Counselling location: 401-1638 East Broadway, Vancouver
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
401 – 1638 East Broadway
Vancouver BC V5N 1W1
Phone: 604 874 2938 ext. 4141