Phase One – Stabilization
After the initial intake process and treatment assessments are completed, residents are given a tour and an orientation package which outlines program requirements, rules and a daily schedule of activities. The treatment assessment helps the counselling staff to identify specific issues and challenges that individuals will focus on in their early recovery.
They then enter our Stabilization Group Therapy class facilitated by Certified Addictions Counsellor Jesse Kiss, CCAC. This Stabilization group tends to last between 10-14 days before residents advance to the Senior Process Groups.
During Stabilization, residents are introduced to basic tools and strategies of recovery, and how to begin to use them. There are engaged group discussions where members often connect on an emotional level. Typical topics discussed include: Acceptance, positive communication, Relapse Prevention. A basic overview of the 12 Steps of AA, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercises are also intergrated in the initial stage of treatment.
Men in this group are encouraged to share openly and honestly about their experiences and thoughts with the common goal of creating a safe recovery environment – often resulting unity and lasting bonds.
Jesse has years of experience facilitating this group and helps newcomers to TWC feel immediately welcomed, safe and understood. Recovery concepts are kept simple during a client’s time in the Stabilization Group as participants are likely to be experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of post-acute withdrawal.
In conjunction with their time in Jesse's Stabilization Group, client's also participate in a variety of extra programs, workshops and one-on-one counselling sessions. Learn more about our Therapy Programs.
Jesse Kiss, CCAC
An integral part of the TWC’s first-stage program, Jesse has worked in the addictions field since 2008 and has been the Stabilization Counsellor at Together We Can since 2010. Jesse has completed the Addictions Counselling Program offered at Vancouver Community College and is certified in Satir Family Counselling. He also holds a CCAC designation as a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and earned a SMART Recovery Facilitator Certificate.
Phase Two – Senior Process Groups
Upon successful completion of Stabilization Group, residents then advance into our three distinct senior process groups. Mick Dosanjh and Lee Deem are CCAC certified addictions counsellors who have years of experience working in Addictions Recovery. The Senior Process Groups are approximately two weeks each. Residents are encouraged to work through all three while they are in residential treatment.
The counselling staff who facilitate our senior process groups are devoted, experienced and knowledgeable professionals inherently passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of men beginning their journeys in recovery. Resident participation and progress is monitored by their counsellors and a formal mid-term assessment is conducted to assess the resident's recovery program. This is where we begin the planning process of "Life After Treatment", our Alumni Group, and aftercare support systems.
Our intention is to leave participants armed with an array of tools and strategies necessary to maintain, grow and flourish in their recovery.
Lee Deem, CCAC – Recovery Foundations
Client's in Lee's Senior Process Group are immediately engaged by a passionate and electrifying individual with an uncanny ability to cut through denial and negativity bred from addiction. Lee speaks openly and honestly with clients about his experience with the 12 Steps of AA and uses his SMART Recovery faciltation skills to encourage questions and active contributions from group participants.
With a focus on the first three steps, Lee presentations a basic recovery foundation for clients to build their lives on. Typical topics discusses in Lee's group include: surrender and acceptance, exploration of spirituality, the "crux" of an alcoholics problem and developing a strong support group.
Mick Dosanjh, CCAC – 12 Steps to Recovery
Mick Dosanjh has over nine years of experience working in the addictions field and quickly brings clients up to speed on philosophies and principles encompassed in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. With a knack for helping clients practically apply the steps in everyday life, Mick is also highly knowledgeable regarding the latest scientific theories regarding addiction and recovery. With a complete spectrum of care approach, Mick has has undergone SMART Recovery training and is a SMART certified group facilitator.
Mick thoroughly breaks down the process of writing out a proper step four inventory and conveys the importance of making amends and clearing the wreckage of one's past. Clients consistently leave Mick's group feeling invigorated, informed and optimistic about their future.
Justin Jackson – Healing, Living and Family
Justin is a SMART Recovery group facilitator with specific training in motivational counselling, cultural diversity, community outreach and human development from Camosun College. During individual and group counselling sessions, Justin highlights the importance of creating a sense of community, developing self-esteem and mindfulness. Justin’s resident-centred approach emphasises the importance of honest discussion, genuine engagement and positive reinforcement of healthy behaviours.
Justin encompasses a range of therapeutic tools into process group facilitation, many aimed at uncovering and exploring core beliefs and coping mechanisms. With prior experience working in youth and corrections outreach, Justin helps our residents quickly identify their strengths and goals as they address uncomfortable emotions and unhealthy thought patterns.
"I am a firm believer in the power of self esteem and confidence; not to be confused with ego and arrogance."
Navigating Home – Healing Spirit
We employ a variety of traditional approaches to healing, and use the principles and concepts embedded in Aboriginal spirituality for use in his daily therapeutic treatments and counselling sessions.
Staff members lead a daily smudging ceremony with our residents, and invites alumni and residents to sweat ceremonies on weekends with “Old Hands”, an Elder who mentors men in the community.
TWC encourages the men in this group to dedicate themselves to constant spiritual growth as a source of strength and stability.