The SA Program Model — Restore
“This place has helped restore me…everything really. My confidence, relationships, emotions, self-worth, and sanity. I don’t think I would be sober or the parent I am today without this place.” ~ S, (Participant)
Our unique curriculum is delivered through facilitators, and an engaged community who is committed to walking through recovery and life together with each participant.
Specific Needs Addressed in Curriculum:
The SA Program Model is designed to meet the specific recovery needs of sexually exploited/trafficked youth and women. This population faces very different recovery issues than others (i.e. domestic abuse). It is well known throughout the recovery industry that sexually exploited/trafficked youth and women have the highest amount of barriers to overcome. Such barriers include childhood abuse and abandonment, addictions, educational and employment gaps, learning disabilities, fetal alcohol syndrome/effect, and trauma experienced while in the sex trade (which has been assessed to be at the same level as soldiers returning from war). Programs are offered in a non-clinical atmosphere to facilitate the building of relationships and community – two components essential to connecting and integrating this population to the community at large. In addition, intakes are performed on a continuous basis (i.e. potential participants do not need to wait for the next program cycle to begin) because SA has found that there is a small window of opportunity to get these young women attached to a program once they make the initial decision to seek recovery. The program curriculum is also structured to allow entry at any point.
The Advanced Program:
The SA Program Model is designed to offer services to both trafficked youth and women and local sexually exploited youth, women and their children. Even if these youth/women do not speak the language of the country in which the program is located, SA programs offer an ‘Advanced Program’ where the program delivery is tailored to the needs of the individual. The program emphasis for trafficked women is on learning language skills, dealing with their legal/status issues, and then on their recovery issues. The programs are delivered through community contacts and volunteers under the supervision of a qualified staff. The ‘Advanced Program’ is also made available to participants that are sick (terminally or otherwise), that have special learning needs or that are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effect. Participants in the ‘Advanced Program’ still participate in certain classes within the Day Program, however because of their illness or disability they also receive specialized programming as needed.
ASK LEARNING CENTRE – PHASE I JOB PREPAREDNESS & RECOVERY PROGRAMMING
As part of the recovery program, the ASK Learning Centre is the daytime program provided to participants from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 4PM. All participants in the program are required to attend the ASK Learning Centre for 9 months to 1 year. The objectives of the program are that participants will be equipped to:
- Deal with their past issues of abuse
- Deal with any current addiction issues
- Learn to engage in healthy relationships
- Learn to deal with their emotions in a healthy, functioning manner
- Improve their quality of life
- Increase their level of self-esteem
- Learn to parent in a positive manner, breaking the cycle of abuse in the lives of their children
- Increase their level of education
- Learn employability skills to move forward with positive action in their lives
The day is divided into 2 segments: Morning classes focus on job preparedness and include classes such as computers, sewing, employment readiness, financial management and academics. Program participants are financially compensated for this portion of their programming to assist with their financial needs.
Afternoon classes are focused on recovery and healing through classes such as relapse prevention, the 12 Steps, anger management, self-esteem, parenting, etc. This is accomplished through delivery of recovery curriculum in short, interactive classes and recreational and educational outings.
While participating in the day program, participants can place their children in the onsite parent support centre free of charge.