The McDougall House program is trauma-informed and designed using evidence-based best practices.
Clients are supported in their recovery through:
- Assessment and treatment planning;
- Individual and group counselling as well as goal setting sessions;
- Educational workshops specifically designed for the needs of women, such as relapse prevention, communication, boundaries, budgeting, feelings/values, grief, forgiveness, etc.
- Attending a Twelve-Step Program or other self-help program in the community;
- Behaviour modification through knowledge, awareness and personal evaluation;
- Participating in experiential learning and a hands-on approach to living sober.
Clients are encouraged to develop healthy relationships by acquiring skills in:
- Identifying their feelings;
- Identifying needs and how to meet them in a healthy manner;
- Resolving conflict and improving communication through role-playing exercises;
- Taking responsibility when needed and letting go of responsibility when it is not appropriate.
Clients are encouraged to develop a healthy support network in the community by:
- Establishing support through sponsorship affiliated with a Twelve-Step program or other self-help groups;
- Establishing ongoing counselling support through Alberta Health Services and/or other professionals;
- Creating relationships in the community which encourage sober social and recreational activities.