The Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre
The Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre (LSAIC) provides a number of programs and services to children and youth, ages 3 to 17 years old. Crisis Intervention services are an essential part of our programming, offering children and youth a safe space to share, heal and learn with their Crisis Interventionist. Intervention services are offered at our centre in Lloydminster or via outreach. Children and youth can be supported through the reporting and investigation process, all the way through their court journey too. These services are available to children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse or who need extra support within their lives. Public Education and Group Programs are an integral part of spreading awareness, engaging schools and communities and supporting those in need.
Children and youth can access the above mentioned services in the following ways. Referrals are often made from Child and Family Services, RCMP Detachments, schools, community organizations or the individual’s family. We have often had youth self-identify their need for services as well. Intakes can be taken over the phone or in person and each client will be assigned a Crisis Interventionist. The wait time typically runs 2-4 weeks however; staff will triage based on a low to high risk scale.
The individual Crisis Intervention Program offers a wide variety of session options and case planning. Each client will be met at their level, with their Crisis Interventionist supporting their unique journey. LSAIC focuses on a client-centered approach. Sessions and resources can include healthy coping skills, childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, body education and boundaries, friendships and relationships, bullying, self-esteem, self-harm and suicide risk assessments, sexually intrusive children (under the age of 12 only). Children and youth can expect to be welcomed in a warm, safe and comforting environment with activities catered to their interests and age levels. Body Education runs for 3 to 6 sessions, Short Term Crisis Intervention is typically 8 sessions and there is always the option for Long Term Counselling.
Children, youth and their families have identified an increase in overall well-being and a decrease in trauma symptoms from participating in sessions at LSAIC. Clients have stated gaining a deeper understanding of their sexual abuse and can engage in healthy coping skills if triggered. Families share they are able to communicate and support one another effectively, opening doors to future conversations they may have. They are able to cope as a team and function in a healthy way.
In terms of RCMP and Court Support, LSAIC is excited for their new project, The Little Bear Advocacy Centre is set to open in the Spring of 2016. With extensive renovations, supportive funders and hard work, the centre will provide a safe and comfortable environment for children and their families as they go through the reporting and investigation process. Little Bear is equipped with digital and audio recording, a toy room, inspiring nature-themed ambience and trained advocates for an all-around nurturing experience.
“It’s heartwarming to see how happy our children and youth clients are when they are leaving their session – you can just see a difference being made in their lives!”
“As I was transitioning out of the office for a leave, one of my previous clients had handwritten me a note and given it to her new interventionist. The gratitude and hope that came from those words will stay with me throughout my career.”