SUBSTANCE MISUSE COUNSELLING
S.T.A.R. PROGRAM FOR KIDS
S.T.A.R stands for ‘Stop Think Assess & Respond’ and is an education program for mainly grade six and seven students that takes a ‘just say KNOW’ approach to drugs, safety, compassion and community. S.T.A.R is continually adapting to the issues that are relevant to young students. Recent presentaitons also include topics such as vaping, social media, gaming and screen time. Each week during the school year – 3 mornings a week from 9am to noon – students in an elementary school somewhere in Vancouver are buzzing as they participate in quizzes and role plays that challenge them to think and act in a new and informed way.
Values, conflict and tricky situations are just a few of the topics that 2 of Watari’s skilled counsellors approach over the 4 sessions, all with intention of building resiliencey skills and creating options that allow young people to stand up for themselves and others.
WOULD YOU LIKE THE STAR PROGRAM AT YOUR SCHOOL?
For more information about having Watari’s S.T.A.R Program come to your school, please call Sandra or Kevin at 604.254.6995 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATIN AMERICAN OUTREACH
A program for the Latin-American community in the Downtown Eastside that provides health promotion, education, substance-use counselling and support around immigration issues.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, our downtown office is bustling with the sounds and smells one might normally associate with a Fiesta.
Since 1998, Watari have been making in-roads into the Latin American community in the Downtown Eastside, seeking to provide health promotion, education, substance misuse counselling and support around immigration issues.
Beginning as a partnership with Storefront Orientation Services, our Latin American Outreach position has used the community’s connection to music, food and citizenship to engage individuals and families in health fairs, community kitchen and growing urban garden.
Berta Perez has continued to create trust and build bridges within a community that has every reason to be cautious about seeking services. Many of the people supported in the program struggle with health and immigration issues and come from countries where civil war was a reality.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
For more information on taking part in this program, please call Berta Perez at 604.782.5084 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
INDIVIDUALIZED COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM (ICOP)
A one-on-one community outreach program focused on listening to what Aboriginal young people need, and act quickly to connect these youth to services, support and people that meet their needs
VANCOUVER INTENSIVE SUPERVISION UNIT (VISU)
Our Vancouver Intensive Supervision Unit works with members of the community struggling with chaotic thinking, homelessness, social isolation who are often caught up in the court system due to their mental health and substance abuse issues.
The Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit (VISU) provides for the effective administration of court orders, and assertive case management for adults with mental-health issues serving sentences within an integrated framework comprised of Corrections Branch, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and our Watari employee.
The goal of this partnership is to enhance community safety and reduce re-offending and admissions to hospital and psychiatric institutions. The following principles serve as guidelines to the program:
the protection of the public;
the best interests of the offender, and;
the effective, consistent management of offenders within the justice system and community mental health system.