Family Violence Initiative
COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA – COMPENDIUM ANNEX: DETAILED PRACTICE DESCRIPTIONS
INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES
Healthy Relationships: Women
- Program name:
Anger Solutions Program
Biidaaban Healing Lodge
Heron Bay, Ontario
- Target Group:
Women and men over the age of 18.
- Contact Name:
The program was established in 2011.
- Goals & Objectives:
To provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to understand the effects of unresolved anger on the individual, family, community and nation, reducing violence.
- Traditional/Indigenous ways:
There is a traditional, cultural component to the programming that utilizes sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies, and sharing circles. Participants also have a blessing ceremony when they graduate.
- Components of program:
The program is intended to give participants an understanding of their own personal feelings and expand their vocabulary of feeling words. Participants also gain an understanding of their most typical style of expressing anger. Once they understand their style they can learn new ways of expression that have more positive outcomes. How anger develops, assertiveness skills (verbal and non-verbal), body language, role playing are all covered.
- Services/How they work:
Services are provided on site at the facility.
The program is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.
Relationships and Stakeholders
- Involvement of Target Groups:
Alcohol treatment centres; protection units; Friendship Centres; Native Child and Family Services in Toronto; drug and alcohol workers; probation and parole officers; and child protection services.
- Other relationships:
Details of Program Evaluation
An evaluation has not been completed.
- Highlights of Evaluation Findings:
- Measures of Success:
Client feedback in the form of surveys helps to measure the success of the program. How often different programs are utilized by clients is also a measure of success.
There is difficulty with some clients finding transportation to and from the program.
Things to Know to Replicate
- Replication Advice:
The program is considered replicable. No advice given.
Adequate funding, properly trained staff and facility space for the programming would be necessary to ensure the program's success.
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