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Services and Support for Local Syrian Refugee Families

Services and Support for Local Syrian Refugee Families

The Counselling Group of Jewish Family Services is pleased to offer emotional wellness and social support for local Syrian Refugee Families.

We have a diverse multidisciplinary team comprised of social workers, counsellors, mental health workers, play therapists and teachers who will be working together to support children, youth, families and adults in their wellness as they adapt to Canada.

We offer services and supports including:
• Discussion groups
• Parenting workshops
• Home- and community-based family support
• Individual, group and family counselling
• Community presentations
• Other organized events

These culturally and linguistically sensitive services are offered in Arabic and are intended to support Syrian families during their transition to life in Canada.

For more information, inquiries or if you know of a family who may be interested in these services, please contact Kathryn Owens at (613) 722-2225 ext. 351 or kowens@jfsottawa.com or Walaa Farahat at (613) 762-8585 or wfarahat@jfsottawa.com.

This program is funded by United Way/Centraide Ottawa and Community Foundation of Ottawa.

 

MEET OUR TEAM

Kathryn Owens, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker Clinical Supervisor who oversees the team in providing supervision and organizational support. Kathryn has a Masters of Social Work and is also the Clinical Manager of the Centre for Children, Youth and Families within the Counselling Group. Kathryn has cultivated an expertise in working with diverse children, youth and families.

Mego Nerses, MEd, RP is an Arabic-speaking Counsellor who provides training specific to working with Syrian refugees and supervision/consultation. Mego has a Masters degree in Counselling and is a Registered Psychotherapist. He also provides psychotherapy and counselling services in Ottawa with expertise in the area of trauma and mental health of individuals who have experienced war and violence.

Walaa Farahat, BSc is an Arabic-speaking Counsellor who provides direct service to Syrian refugee adults. Walaa uses a holistic approach that encompasses emotional, social and spiritual aspects of people’s lives. Walaa has experience in working with people that have experienced trauma and is in the process of finishing a Master’s degree in Counselling. Walaa also provides counselling through various locations of The Walk-In Counselling Clinic.

Jessica Ferguson-King, MCP, CCC, RP is a Counsellor who provides direct service to Syrian refugee children, youth and families. Jessica uses play therapy techniques in supportive home- and community-based group settings. Jessica has a Masters of Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist. Jessica also provides counselling and facilitates social skills groups at the Centre for Children, Youth and Families within the Counselling Group.

Liza Maarouf, BA is an Arabic-speaking Group Worker and Mental Health Liaison who provides direct service to Syrian refugee children, youth and families. Liza has a background in teaching and is experienced in using play- and educational techniques to support children in adapting to new circumstances. Liza supports newcomers, including refugees, with their transition to life in Canada.

Christopher Hnain, MEd, CCC is an Arabic-speaking Counsellor who provides direct service to Syrian refugee children, youth and families. Christopher has a Masters of Educational Counselling and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Christopher has experience in child and youth counselling as well as facilitating groups.

 

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