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Our Philosophy

Philosophy of Harm Reduction Programs

Our philosophy is client-centered, non-judgmental, authentic, caring, strength based and respectful of religion and ancestry  The intent of our work with clients is to recognize strengths, build on capacities to make healthier life choices (reduce transmission of (HepB/ HepC/HIV) and reflect their state of readiness for change.

Clients may or may not be in a pre-contemplative state of readiness for change. Our role is to inspire, promote, encourage and assist motivation and skill building so clients can move forward with goal planning and increase their capacity for making healthier life-style choices. With patience and a non-judgment approach, we accept “this is their journey.” In the same token, we are mindful.

Child, Youth, and Family Counseling

NARSF Programs is guided in its administrative and clinical operation by a family systems perspective. Family Systems Theory allows for an understanding of presenting problems in the context of a multitude of factors that influence and shape family functioning from a multi-generational, multi-systemic perspective. The family is viewed as the primary influence in the development of a solid self and the maintenance of strong, connected family relationships as a major determinant in positive life outcomes.

Learning is the primary concept that shapes and guides all aspects of NARSF Programs activity. NARSF Programs views itself as a “learning system” in which clients, staff and program administrators are engaged in a process of learning and adapting to the different challenges and dilemmas that present themselves. Program counsellors guide and coach clients in a learning process that allows for a new way of understanding presenting problems and an opportunity to plan and implement new and more effective relationship strategies.

NARSF Program counselors are themselves engaged in a learning process that deepens their theoretical knowledge, improves their clinical practice, and builds personal and professional self-awareness. Program administration and clinical supervision is also engaged in the “learning system” through the provision of clinical support, training and supervision and through various mechanisms that track program outcomes and effectiveness that in turn inform strategic planning at the agency level.

NARSF Programs is a place of learning!