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YWCA of Calgary Child Support Program at Sheriff King Home. Liz Leroux, MSW. RSW Manager, YWCA Child & Family Services. Heightened arousal Separation anxiety Nervous & anxious behaviors Changes in play. Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence. Sleep disturbances Regression

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YWCA of Calgary

Child Support Program at Sheriff King Home

Liz Leroux, MSW. RSW

Manager, YWCA Child & Family Services


Impact of witnessing domestic violence

Heightened arousal

Separation anxiety

Nervous & anxious behaviors

Changes in play

Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Regression

  • Acting out behaviors

  • Internalizing behaviors


Child support program philosophy
Child Support Program Philosophy

  • Designed to meet therapeutic needs of children & adolescents staying at SKH

  • Children recognized as clients with unique needs

  • Child Support Counsellors will support and advocate for children during their stay at the shelter


Child support program goals
Child Support Program Goals

  • Provide a supportive relationship with children in a safe environment

  • Support children in identifying and expressing feelings

  • Facilitate development of problem-solving skills

  • Develop safety plans with children


Child support program goals1
Child Support Program Goals

  • Provide info around nature and forms of abuse and responsibility for violence

  • To facilitate the processing of traumatic experiences

  • To support moms with non-abusive parenting strategies

  • Empower moms to interact and take responsibility for their children


The playroom
The Playroom

  • A safe, nurturing place for “kids to be kids”

  • Child-centered play

  • Inclusive setting, wheelchair accessible

  • Opportunity for mom to have a break

  • Not a day-care setting


The playroom hours

Preschool (0-5)

Monday- Friday:

9:30-11:30AM 1:00- 3:00 PM

except Wednesday:

1:00-2:15 PM

Summer Hours: Monday- Friday: 9:30-11:30AM

The Playroom Hours

School-aged Children(6+)

  • Tuesday &Thursday:

    3:30- 4:30 PM

  • Kids Club: Thursday after school

  • Summer Hours:

    Monday- Friday:1:00-3:00 PM, except Wednesdays 1:00-2:15PM


Assessment intervention
Assessment & Intervention

Assessment

  • Parenting Intake

  • Children’s Intake

  • Playroom Observations

  • Play Themes

Interventions

  • Child–centered play

  • Resources & Referrals

  • Parenting Strategies & Support

  • Safety Planning with School-aged children

  • Worry Buddies

  • Kids Klub

  • Journaling

  • Relaxation Techniques


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