Counselling is a process in which a counsellor enters into a relationship with a client in order to help him/her to make some positive lifestyle changes, such as to solve a personal problem, or to help improve that person's attitude.
The Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program is psycho-educational course and counselling program designed to help participants stop their violent, abusive and controlling behaviours towards their partners.
The fees are generally $80 to $125 per session plus HST. In special circumstances a lower fee may be negotiated during the initial session.
Most of our counselling sessions are on an individual basis but sometimes we facilitate small groups ( 2 to 3 persons).
No, however, clients are expected to complete homework assignments as per counsellors’ request in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion.
The PAR Program usually involves a client attending 12, 2-hour individual sessions. A client may complete the program within 2 to 4 months depending on his/her availability; however, it may be completed within a shorter period of time. There are homework assignments to be completed based on each topic covered in the program. It is a structured, psycho-educational program based mostly on The Duluth Model Of Domestic Violence.
- Acknowledge his/her choices and behaviour.
- Take responsibility for his/her choices and behaviour.
- Learn what is meant by abusive behaviour.
- Learn what is meant by power and controlling types of behaviour.
- Become more aware of the reasons underlying abusive behaviour.
- Develop greater awareness of the effect of abusive behaviour on partner and family relationships.
- Explore alternative behaviours based on respect,equality and non-violence
- Learn about non-violent ways of communicating
- Understand the main characteristics of a healthy relationship between one's partner and family members
- Have an opportunity to discuss any of your own questions about relationships with your counsellor