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Mental Health Professionals support the Family Centre by donating their time and expertise as community therapists. Currently, there are 25 community therapists with graduate-level training in the mental health field.
Certificate Training is a program for post-graduates requiring continuing education credits, supervised clinical placement for graduate students in counseling disciplines, and for candidates seeking clinical hours for professional learning.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a community therapist or doing a supervised clinical placement, or if you are seeking clinical licensing hours, please call 403-299-9696.
The Eastside Family Centre, founded in 1990, was the first resource in Canada to provide a community-based, walk-in single session model of mental health service delivery.
It is strategically located in a busy shopping mall in a high-needs area of Calgary. At the time of the development of the walk-in service, the east side of Calgary was an area of great ethnic diversity, high density and low socio-economic status.
People who lived in the east side were very concerned about the lack of services and lack of accessibility to these services. Single-parent families were in the majority. Schools, health centres and mental health services were in short supply and government funding was in a phase of cutbacks for medical, educational and social services. Approximately 70% of referrals for child protection services came from this area.
As well, demands were emerging from both the client and professional populations for a therapy that could highlight strengths as well as problems.
Wood’s Homes CEO (Dr. Philip Perry at the time) approached the Alberta Mental Health Board to contribute to the funding for the service. They did so for one position. The program was supported by fee-for-service, agency dollars for a few years before becoming financially solvent. A community advisory committee assisted with the centre’s development in the early years and the City of Calgary officially opened the centre.