The Community Counselling Centre (CCC) is unique as a charity organization that operates as both a therapeutic centre for the community and a training facility for students in the Master of Education program who are specializing in Counselling. In partnership with Northern Health, the CCC has continued to provide low barrier and low cost counselling services to the people of Prince George and surrounding communities since 2009. Since opening its doors, the CCC has provided high quality experiential learning to over 90 graduate practicum students and as a result have provided short-term and long-term counselling services to over 2000 clients.
The CCC was developed with the main focus of connecting with the community to offer counselling and supportive services to people who would not otherwise have access to such services. Alongside this focus, the CCC is also a training centre where counsellors-in-training can gain experience, knowledge, and strength in counselling through the modeling of techniques and direct feedback from supervisors.
The CCC's programming is supervised and organized by the
Centre Director - Jillian Wagg; Silvia Simoes (maternity leave),
Clinical Director - Dr. John Sherry, and
Clinical Coordinator - Dr. Linda O'Neill
Aside from the position of Centre Director which is funded by Northern Health all other supports and services are provided on a voluntary basis.
A board of directors governs the overall functioning of the CCC and consists of two community members, the Clinical Director, Clinical Coordinator, and a one student member. It is the CCC's continued vision that the board of directors be an integration of community partnership and student support.
The Community Counselling Centre upholds the principles of respect, integrity, equality, and dignity, in all areas of human engagement. Our goal is to train professionals to support the psychological, social, and physical well-being of individuals and families in communities through the offering of various supportive services. The Community Counselling Centre upholds these principles through offering appropriate supervision to graduate students as they train and work in the Centre.
The mission of the Community Care Centre is to train professionals to support and enhance the psychological, social, spiritual, and physical well-being of individuals, families and communities through engaging with community members, agencies and organizations and collaborating to offer a range of supportive services and opportunities. The Centre’s mission is also to find ways to support community practitioners who are providing supportive services without recent training or opportunities for clinical supervision.