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If you are in crisis and require immediate support, please go to the Canadian Mental Health Support website or call 988


Available Programs

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Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

This is a peer support group with the purpose of sharing, listening, learning from and being supportive of each other. A support group is not a therapy group, and this group does not provide legal consultations or advice. Peer support groups (PSGs) are comprised of individuals who share a common condition or circumstance. In the case of our PSG: marital separation and divorce, intimate partner violence/abuse, parental alienation, parenting, navigating the legal system, and dealing with cultural biases against men/boys. PSGs are focused on providing mentoring, emotional and social support, information, education, and practical help to each other. Those who are further along in their journey can provide a sense of hope and direction to those more recent in the recovery process. The expression of mutual caring and concern provides a powerful environment for reclaiming hope, healing and building resilience.

A support group is not a therapy group, and this group does not provide legal consultations or advice.

This group is not equipped to serve as a suicide crisis intervention for those who are at imminent risk of attempting suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800- 784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), call 911 or visit your local hospital emergency room immediately. We want you to be safe

Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

Nexus Recovery is a 13 week trauma recovery program for men that have suffered interpersonal abuse. We use industry accepted tools and materials. We create a safe space where individuals are believed and can learn from each other.

This program is the first of its kind in Canada and offers positive, affirming and confidential support dedicated to men and men’s experience of domestic abuse. It will help you to acquire the skills, coping strategies, and resources to get you through this difficult time.

Take important first steps in the trauma recovery process to heal and regain control in your life…to become empowered again.

Our highest priority is ensuring the group environment is compassionate for all men attending regardless of sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, background or experiences.

Join us to share your experiences and meet others who understand that piece of you…because they’re on the same path.

Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

We offer one on one therapy and counselling with registered psychotherapists. We can assist with a wide variety of issues, including family issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, separation/divorce, social isolation, employment, low self-esteem, etc

This service is not equipped to serve as a suicide crisis intervention for those who are at imminent risk of attempting suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800- 784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), call 911 or visit your local hospital emergency room immediately. We want you to be safe.

Geographic Limitations: Alberta residents only

Program Description:

CCMF Alberta counselors provide personalized, one-on-one attention to clients dealing with individual or family issues, depression, or anxiety. They have been selected to join our team because of their interest in men’s mental health and sensitivity to the uniqueness of the male experience, particularly during intimate relationship breakdown.

Because counseling is a professional service, please consider:

■ Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?*

■ Is there a maximum amount covered per session or a maximum annually?

■ Does my plan limit how many sessions I can have per coverage period?

■ Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?

*CCMF Alberta will make every effort to accommodate financial needs. If you are not insured and have limited means for payment please contact us and we can discuss our sliding fee schedule and your specific circumstances. We also provide sessions at $20.00 each With a qualified psychology Student completing their Practicum hours.

Geographic Limitations: Ontario residents only

Program Description:

You are welcome to attend as many meetings as you like. Note that we do not offer legal representation or advice, but our volunteer lawyer can answer questions about legal process and strategy to help steer you in the right direction. The legal information clinic is a group format, meaning that you ask questions in the presence of other men. By attending, you agree to maintain strict confidentiality as to what is shared by others in the clinic. The other attendees agree to the same. We have found that, very often, the questions one man asks are relevant to other men’s legal problems, such that you may get helped just by listening to the lawyer’s responses to other CCMF clients. Many of our clients have found that the experience of meeting together in a group with men going through similar challenges can itself be helpful, in that you get a sense that you are not alone in this. We look forward to meeting you. Note that CCMF also offers peer support groups, subsidized counselling and a domestic abuse recovery programme, in the event that these services can support you as you navigate the challenges of dealing with a broken legal system.

Geographic Limitations: B.C. Residents Only

Program Description:

You are welcome to attend as many meetings as you like. Note that we do not offer legal representation or advice, but our volunteer lawyer can answer questions about legal process and strategy to help steer you in the right direction. The legal information clinic is a group format, meaning that you ask questions in the presence of other men. By attending, you agree to maintain strict confidentiality as to what is shared by others in the clinic. The other attendees agree to the same. We have found that, very often, the questions one man asks are relevant to other men’s legal problems, such that you may get helped just by listening to the lawyer’s responses to other CCMF clients. Many of our clients have found that the experience of meeting together in a group with men going through similar challenges can itself be helpful, in that you get a sense that you are not alone in this. We look forward to meeting you. Note that CCMF also offers peer support groups, subsidized counselling and a domestic abuse recovery programme, in the event that these services can support you as you navigate the challenges of dealing with a broken legal system.

Geographic Limitations: Alberta residents only

Program Description:

CCMF Alberta offers legal clinics and webinars as part of our Legal Information Program*. The primary goal is to increase our clients’ knowledge and confidence in navigating the legal system.

CCMF Alberta teams up with Fair Legal to run monthly legal webinars. We endeavor to provide participants with access to leading legal experts who offer information about topics that men commonly experience.

*CCMF Legal Information Programs do not provide you with legal representation, nor are they a substitute for hiring a lawyer.

Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

The Young Men’s Peer Support Group is a weekly online gathering dedicated to creating a healthy forum where young men ages 18-30 can freely discuss the complex experiences and feelings that they may be going through. Whether you have something to get off of your chest, or are simply seeking to hear from your peers, the YMPSG is a place for young men to navigate the challenges and themes of emerging adulthood together.

Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

The Survivors of False Allegations support group provides practical resources and shared Experience for survivors of false allegations and their loved ones. This peer support group provides a welcoming and non-judgmental environment where those who have been falsely accused or wrongfully convicted can find companionship, support, and understanding. You are welcome to share as much or as little about your experience, including sharing successes and failures within the criminal justice process. This group is for:

 

– Those who have not been convicted in a criminal court of law

– Those who have been convicted in a criminal court of law

– Those who have been accused formally or informally without charges being laid

– Loved ones who seek resources alongside the attending falsely accused or wrongfully convicted individual

– Loved ones who seek resources in lieu of or on behalf of the incarcerated falsely accused or wrongfully convicted individual

Geographic Limitations: None

Program Description:

Fueling Fathers is a workshop and webinar designed to support new and newly single fathers boost their parenting capacity, confidence, and mental health hygiene.

Ranging with topics from healthy communication styles, ways to make healthy meals on a budget, baby formula prep, and creative family fun activities to do with your family.

Fueling Fathers will help you move through challenges, develop skills, and be the best father you can be for your kids.

Geographic Limitations: Alberta residents only

Program Description:

Professional coaching is NOT a counseling service. This is for individuals that are seeking to accomplish specific tasks and goals with the support and encouragement of a certified Coach who has lived experience in this space.

If you are seeking psychological support, the Alberta counseling program would be a better fit.

Geographic Limitations: CCMF York

Program Description:

Legal aid certificates will be issued to clients who have experienced domestic abuse and have financial needs.

Geographic Limitations: CCMF York

Program Description:

Unravelling a marriage is a complicated process. Our volunteer Family Mediator is on hand to help support you in navigating the Family Law system. You will receive a free, 1 hour information session in which you will receive guidance about best approaches to navigating the legal challenges attached to family breakdown, including referrals to other resources that could be helpful. Please note that we do not offer legal representation or legal advice; your CCMF Family Law System Navigator is here to give information and support.

Geographic Limitations: CCMF York

Program Description:

“Family Mediation is a process whereby separating couples have the option of resolving all issues relating to children, assets, etc. stemming from the end of a marriage or common law union.  An Accredited Family Mediator is trained to facilitate a conversation between the spouses in an effort towards bringing the separating spouses to agreement.  Importantly, Family Mediation can completely replace the court process if the parties resolve their matter through Family Mediation.  An important role of the family mediator is to remain neutral and non-judgmental of either mediating party.  At the onset of the family mediation process, the family mediator wills screen each spouse to ensure they are not subject to duress or any influence that would cause risk to their, or their children’s well-being or safety.  The mediation process is completely voluntary and either party may opt out at any time at their sole discretion.  Province wide, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General, approximately 3 out of 4 family mediations are either partially or entirely successful.  The process by which Family Mediation is delivered is as follows: 

 

  1. Information Session (Consultation):  Potential clients can schedule a free 30 minute confidential consultation to learn about family mediation and whether it may be a fit for them.  Each spouse attends the consultation individually.  This is an opportunity to understand just what family mediation is and how it differs from the more adversarial and costly court process.  Prospective clients can ask questions and walk away informed on mediation and how it may help resolve their matter.     

 

  1. Proceed with Family Mediation:  If both spouses agree to proceed, their mediator will forward an agreement to mediate and the mediation process can begin once a signed retainer is in place.  Thereafter, the initial step is to schedule confidential individual screening sessions with each spouse.  Each mediation session is typically scheduled in 2 to 3 hour intervals depending on client preferences and availability.  In most cases, mediation of a Parenting Plan may commence immediately.  If financial issues are also being addressed, the mediator will require financial disclosure from each spouse in advance of the mediation session.  Your mediator will prepare a financial statement showing the standing of each spouse with respect to equalization of property, child support, and spousal support, if applicable.      

 

  1. Mediation Sessions:  During the mediation phase, the parties will engage in a facilitated conversation with their mediator.  The role of a mediator is to assist parties in communicating with each other.  Ideally, couples will be in the presence of each other with their mediator.  However, in extreme high conflict situations the mediator may require that each session will occur by shuttling back and forth between each spouse individually.   

 

  1. Finality:  If there is partial or full settlement on the issues, the mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”).  Importantly, this document reflects the terms of agreement between the spouses.  However, it is not legally binding.  At this point the spouses are strongly urged to seek legal advice from a Family Law Lawyer to have the terms incorporated into a Separation Agreement, which may also be entered with the court and become enforceable.

Geographic Limitations: CCMF York

Program Description:

Delivered in a safe, nonjudgmental space, this gender inclusive course will provide adults of all genders with tools to help them regulating thoughts and emotions that lead to anger in the context of relational interactions. This is a supportive alternative to meet the court requirements when ordered to complete an Anger Management Program. The focus is clinical and not critical, using an evidence based cognitive behavioural therapy, building support to change from a trauma informed anti-oppressive practice and facilitated by an experienced Registered Social Worker. A certificate of completion will be provided. At end of this program you will have gained competency in the following areas:

1.    Abuse behavior inventory

2.    Choose to change and support to change network

3.    Identifying anger ladder

4.    Identifying own and partner’s triggers

5.    Creating a safety plan

6.    Learning how and when to use of time out/cease fire

7.    Learning how trauma can affect your tolerance

8.    Distress tolerance

9.    Learning how to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours

10.  Creating a self-care and wellness plan to manage stress

11.  Creating an action plan of changes you are making

12.  Relationship & conflict resolution

To register, please contact york@menandfamilies.org

Geographic Limitations: CCMF York

Program Description:

Whether you are looking for solutions to everyday problems in your marriage, or you are wondering how you got to the way things are with your partner, getting a neutral and non-judgmental perspective can help discover the path to renewed intimacy. We can assist with a space and guide for moving forward in your relationship.