ACAA provides therapy throughout the East Central Alberta, with specialize therapists in several communities.
How the treatment program operates:
Communities Against Abuse has a network of professional, qualified therapists throughout the region that can provide the treatment close to the client. The qualifications include Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Certified Child Psychotherapist, Registered Family Mediator and Solution Focus Therapists.
The Intake Worker takes personal information and history to determine entry requirements, which are:
• there has been an incident or incidents of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse
• there is significant impact on basic functioning because of the abuse (individual or family functioning)
• urgency of need
• cannot be receiving treatment from another source
• for children and youth there must be parental or guardian consent
• in the case of the offender, they must have admitted to the abuse or have been charged
If funding is not immediately available, they are added to the waiting list. When funds become available a therapist is assigned. The therapist contacts the individual/family and treatment begins. Therapy consists of an initial assessment, treatment goals, time lines, guidelines for the family’s involvement, a treatment plan and progressive review process. The therapist has weekly conferences with the clinical consultant with regard to clinical issues and case progress. In addition, progress reports are reviewed and approved by the clinical consultant and therapists have monthly supervision meetings.
Evaluation of the treatment program consists of pre, interim and post assessments completed by the client and the therapist. The focus is on outcomes of improved daily functioning regarding emotional expression, social interaction, physical health and cognition. The results of the outcome evaluation are reported to the funders of the treatment program.
What are the goals of treatment?
Self-management of the symptoms of abuse
• Improved daily living
• Healthier coping skills
• Better able to prevent further abuse
The long term goal is to reduce the impact of abuse and prevent or reduce the incidence of child abuse and family violence.
Who is the treatment service for?
• Victims of abuse
• Victim’s family members
• Juvenile offenders – when they have a probation order.
How can treatment be obtained?
Individuals may call our central office in Stettler at the number listed below for information regarding our treatment programs. Request for therapy are referred to our Intake Worker who will respond to all inquiries. As well as personal requests, clients may be referred to us by other agencies.
Contact an Intake Worker:
Toll Free: 1(866)807-3558