The Sexual Abuse Support Services (SASS) program provides professional counselling, education and support for children and youth, up to the age of 18, who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault. This program also provides counselling for individuals 12 years and under who display sexualized behaviours.
Our counsellors use a variety of modalities that have been found to be essential when working with children and youth who are healing from sexual abuse/assualt or display sexualized behaviours.
The SASS program is a free, confidential service funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Children, youth and families can self-refer by contacting the Clinical Counselling Services at Encompass Support Services Society at (604) 534-2171 extension 104.
Referrals can also be made through the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Victim Services, police, school counsellors, family doctors, and other professionals.
What to Expect:
Whether we receive a referral from a professional or we receive a phone call from you, one of our Clinical Counselling staff will answer any questions that you may have during the initial phone call. Our staff make sure that this program is suitable for your needs; and, if needed, we refer to other agencies. During this call, our staff will book an intake appointment with you at our counselling office.
At the intake appointment, one of our Clinical Counselling staff will sit down with you to go over some basic information that we require for our file and for our funders. We also go over our Consent to Services Form, Confidentiality Agreement and our Participant Handbook with you. You will then be placed on our waitlist until a space in the program becomes available. Your counsellor will then contact you to make an appointment to begin your sessions.