Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides therapeutic counselling and support, crisis intervention, in-home services, groups, workshops, and education that help individuals, families, and couples to feel empowered and content.
Envision believes in client-centered counselling, with an emphasis on engaging clients’ strengths. This means our clients decide what issues they will work on. Envision counsellors won’t force clients to do something they’re not ready for.
Counselling is available for:
- Survivors and secondary survivors of abuse, violence, and sexual assault.
- Children (aged 5 – 18) who have witnessed violence.
- Families experiencing an event or situation that is overwhelming or traumatic.
- Stalking and harassment victims.
- Individuals exposed to human trafficking or sexual exploitation.
Anyone interested in accessing services can call one of our offices. All calls are confidential and we do not subscribe to call display. Collect calls to the offices are accepted.
Envision Counselling and Support Centre was created in 1994 under the name Violence Intervention Program (VIP). It was the collaboration of the Estevan Society Against Family Violence and the Weyburn Community Against Family Violence. Both groups had been in existence for more than 10 years. These groups approached the provincial government for specialized services for victims of abuse and violence in Estevan and Weyburn. Funding was obtained for individual and group counselling services.
Once established, VIP started the 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line to provide support after office hours. The line received 10,000 calls from Saskatchewan callers in its first 10 years. In 2008, VIP went in a new direction. The name was changed to Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc. and new programs were introduced to enhance the services already offered: Outreach Program, Children Exposed to Violence Program and the In-Home Program which was the umbrella for the Family Support Program, and the Child and Youth Program.
The past few years have been filled with change for Envision, and we are proud that we have been able to expand our programming to offer increased support to the communities in Southeast Saskatchewan. In 2011, Envision received funding for the Family Intervention Program, which operates out of Carlyle as well as the Estevan and Weyburn offices. In 2013, the Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program was expanded to operate out of our Carlyle office. In 2015, the In-Home Program was renamed the Family Support Program, to encompass the Family Support Program, Child and Youth Program, and Diversion Program. In early 2016, we also began providing support services for the Sun Country Health Region’s Acquired Brain Injury Program.
Team Envision now consists of approximately 40 staff members, has in excess of 35 dedicated volunteers, operates out of four offices located in Southeast Saskatchewan, and serves a population of more than 56,000 people.
Reaching Out to the Community
If you are interested in learning more about Envision or our programming, contact one of our offices. Envision’s Outreach educators offer educational workshops and presentations for any group (grades 7 and over) in the Southeast.
We invite you to book a presentation to learn more about conflict resolution, goal setting, creating happiness, dealing with fear, healthy relationships, parenting skills, self-esteem or Envision itself. We will tailor presentations to meet the needs of any group.
Our Service Philosophy
We are committed to:
- Upholding standards of professional training, practice, and programming.
- Making all programs accessible to all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, age, or sexual orientation.
- Providing quality services and accountability.
- Focusing on client’s needs and exceeding the expectations of the community.
- Providing a safe and therapeutic environment, where individuals can examine their issues and developing strategies for creating their own solutions and growth.
- Providing education and resources that encourage positive change to reduce vulnerability in families and individuals.
- Collaborating and shared learning with community stakeholders.