How We Do It
Counselling: Our counselling provides a leading-edge way to monitor the progress of our clients, we call it Feedback Informed Treatment or FIT for short. FIT tracks the progress of our clients at each session through the use of a questionnaire and allows us to adjust treatment as needed based on the results.
Why do we make our clients fill out questionnaires at every session and why we dedicate the time to analyze and monitor these questionnaire responses? For the same reason your physician monitors your vital signs. Think of FIT as your emotional vital signs. FIT allows us to see where you are and ensuring your treatment is working or adjusting it if need be. In fact imagine if your doctor was providing you with treatment but couldn’t see or know if the treatment was working. It sounds crazy, right? Why should it be any different for your mental health?
Along with individual and couples counselling, our group counselling provides a safe environment for our clients to take a journey towards healing with others who are going through similar circumstances. We offer group programs in the areas of depression, domestic abuse, relationships, child and youth, and eating disorders.
Training and Education: We believe in continuous learning and training and as such we are a training facility in psychology, social work and marriage and family therapy. In fact we’re recognized locally and nationally and have students from different provinces and countries. Since 2005, we have provided specialized training to over 600 graduate and post-graduate students.
Research: We believe research is pivotal for effective counselling treatment. To that end we have an in-house research department that provides our counsellors with the tools and information they need to get the best results for our clients. We conduct research in many different areas and all research data is used to better inform and help improve the effectiveness of our treatments.
Community: We exist to help our community and so we seek and welcome community collaborations and partnerships. We build relationships and constantly seek to understand the needs of Calgarians so we can make sure we provide the services they need. When we can add value and help, you can count us, we’ll be there.
Defy Depression: The issue of depression is spreading. It impacts every aspect of one’s life. Every culture. Every community. It affects all of us. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Depression is the most treatable of all mental health issues. There is a solution that works. It’s effective. It’s proven. Calgary Counselling Centre Defy Depression campaign aims to tackle depression head-on with these four pillars:
- Activation: screening and engagement campaign
- Access: ensure subsidies are available for our most vulnerable citizens, develop cultural-specific programs
- Education: train more counsellors, students and service providers on leading international best practices
- Research: ongoing evaluation and analysis of program outcomes, share best practices with policy makers and other service providers
We need your help. Visit www.defydepression.ca.