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Upcoming Group Programming at CFSSC

Fall is going to be an exciting time at Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County as we announce many new group programs! As an agency, we remain committed to building new programming to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve in Simcoe and Muskoka. As a result of that commitment, we are currently […]

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2018 CFSSC Strategic Plan Overview

A message from CFSSC Executive Director, Michelle Bergin: As CFSSC approaches its 40th anniversary, we launched our new strategic plan that points to expanded services and improved client outcomes. The groundwork has been laid for this future. In 2017, we met the standards to renew our Catholic Charities membership, and welcomed five new directors under […]

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The Power of a Dynamic Couple

How couples deal with conflict in their relationship has the potential to either draw them closer together or drive them further apart. All couples experience conflict at times because each partner has expectations. The tone and words used to communicate can even create misunderstandings. How we interpret what the other person is trying to communicate […]

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How To Communicate Effectively With Your Family

Written by CFSSC Walk-In Clinic counsellor, Jessica Clark; M.A., R.P. Qualifying. Communicating Effectively With Your Family Families coping with life’s difficulties and challenges can benefit from embracing a set of four assumptions: “There is no one truth” “All of us are doing the best we can” “We can each try harder” “Interpret each situation in the […]

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The Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling

This blog was written by CFSSC Clinician: Catherine Davey, RSW, MSW Candidate The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle and distinctive difference. Psychotherapy defined Psychotherapy is often treatment-based to address mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders etc. It can be used in tandem with medication […]

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Gratitude- A Powerful Skill

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Kelly Major, MSW, RSW. Living in the 21st century comes with many challenges and life stressors. Many people find their days filled with never-ending to-do lists of things they would like to accomplish while trying to manage the barriers that come up when trying to work towards their […]

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What is Mindfulness and Why is it Important?

Today’s blog was written by CFSSC Clinician Royce Tucker, B.A. (Hons.) Psychology., M.C. Counselling Psychology., RP., C.C.C. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness has its origins in the Buddhist tradition as a way to focus consciousness, increase present moment awareness and develop compassion and kindness towards self and other beings. It’s more of a way of being, rather […]

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Fighting Seniors Isolation with Slow Cooker Club

The Parish Outreach to Senior’s project has been a really impactful initiative in Simcoe County and Peel Dufferin. This project has helped to build community and relationships for seniors by providing them with social companionship. Catholic Family Services in Simcoe County and Peel Dufferin have partnered with 6 Parishes to provide this service through the […]

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Increasing Access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ontario

What We’re Doing CFSSC has been taking part in an exciting new pilot initiative called the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP) demonstration project. Currently, the project aims to increase the availability of evidence-based psychological treatments for individuals with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety in Ontario. During participation in this project, clients access individual and/or […]

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