Crisis Intervention and Counselling Programs
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse’s crisis intervention and counselling programs strive to enhance interpersonal functioning and a sense of empowerment for individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault.
CCASA will provide safe, accessible sexual abuse counselling services to individuals 12 years and older regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, religion, colour, or socio-economic status.
Sexual abuse and sexual assault is viewed as highly traumatic for individuals at the time of the abuse as well as traumatic and troublesome after the incident(s). However, CCASA also strongly believes that healing and integration of the experience(s) is possible for people.
CCASA’s philosophical basis for counselling is an incorporation of a numerous crisis intervention and counselling theories and is guided by two specific trauma theories of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Assault Trauma Syndrome. CCASA’s counselling principles follow those of the Alberta College of Social Workers Standards of Practice and the Canadian Social Work Code of Ethics and include other resources for counselling survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse and their significant others.
As the issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse have long been shrouded in silence, secrecy and shame, such supportive crisis intervention and counselling facilitated by CCASA is an excellent arena for survivors and their significant others to receive support and enhance their healing, understanding and resolution.