SAIF's Child Play Therapy Pilot Program
Charlie's Story is what gave us the inspiration to raise funds for a child play therapy program at SAIF. We have long known the need for such a program existed, but we just couldn't find the funding to make it a reality. Thanks in part to the generosity of our local community, we are now able to offer a pilot program to a limited number of participants this year.
Our children's counselling program is based on the play therapy model where children express themselves and their feelings through play. This is short term counselling, provided free of charge, to support and provide play based interventions for children who have been impacted by family violence and abuse. We offer this program to children (ages 5-11) of all genders. In order to receive this service for your child, we do require that at least 1 parent/guardian participate in the program to work towards counselling goals together.
Our programs are open to residents of St Albert, Sturgeon County & the surrounding areas. If your child has experienced and/or witnessed family abuse, we're happy to talk with you.
Please note: not everyone is ready for our counselling programs. If your child is in crisis or needs emergency mental health support, please call 911 or a 24/7 mental health service. Please note, our intakes are not conducted everyday. When you call or email us, we schedule a 20 minute pre-screen over the phone. If counselling services are requested & appropriate for your situation, we'll schedule an in-person 1 hour intake with our child play therapist.
We accept referrals from other organizations, medical professionals as well as individuals calling about services for their own children.
Because of the nature of play based therapy, sessions need to be done in person. With current Covid advisories, and strict cleaning, physical distancing and screening protocols in place, we believe we can resume this program in the Fall of 2020. However, should Covid advisories change, we may need to pause or cancel services accordingly. Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service via video.
"It is an opportunity which is given to the child to 'play out' his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual 'talks out' his difficulties." - Virgina Axline
"Play is your child's most natural form of expression" - anonymous
We do not accept
With a small team, we are simply not staffed to meet the needs of drop in clients. Please call or email to make an appointment with an intake worker. Thank you.
Appointments to access our services
The best and most direct way to access our services is to call or email us. We do require informed consent which we share with you during our intake process.
Who can we offer services to?
We serve residents of St Albert, Sturgeon County & the surrounding areas. At this time, we are not able to provide counselling services to Edmonton residents.