Win a trip for two!

Tickets for the Jukebox Mania WestJet Raffle are on sale now! Get yours before they are gone! Call: 306-757-6675 or Email: info@familyserviceregina.com

Regina- Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women

Just in case you missed it, the 2017 Regina- Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for women was a HUGE success! With the help of our community and Shoppers Drug Mart we were able to raise an astounding $30,000! Thanks to everyone who ran for women’s mental health.

The #GreatCanadianGivingChallenge

Resilience – Leslie, 53

“It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return.

I guess I never really liked myself because others didn’t really like me. That was and is the lesson. I am LOVE.

Be gentle, love yourself.”

– Leslie, 53

Empower Resilience. Support Victims and Survivors of Crime #VictimsWeek

DIY Eggcellent Easter Eggmoji’s

If you’re going to be making some Easter crafts this year, why not make some styrofoam emoji Easter eggs! These cuties were created by Carissa, who suggests we use styrofoam eggs instead of real eggs. Psstt… That’s because she’s a mom and hates wasting food but loves using craft paint and markers to decorate!
Now, gather up your kiddos or your friends, it’s time to have yourselves an eggcellent eggmoji party. For real.

You’ll Need:

 

Dollar Store Craft Supplies

2 packages of Styrofoam Easter Eggs at $1.25 each

1 paint tray $1.25

1 packages of assorted paint brushes $3.00

Yellow Craft Paint $2.00

Assorted paint colors $3.00

Black Sharpie $1.25

Total: Roughly $12.50 with tax

 

 

Instructions:

Cover your surface area with newspaper

Squirt some of the yellow paint into your painter’s tray

Using a medium-sized flat brush, color the eggs with the yellow paint

 

 

Let the paint dry (roughly 10 minutes)

Apply a second coat

Let dry for another 10 minutes

 

 

Start with your black Sharpie and create the solid black spaces on each emoji –

NOTE: leave blank space to paint the tongue red and teeth white on the two eggmoji’s seen above.

Open your red, baby blue and white assorted paint colors

Using 3 small paintbrushes from your assorted brush pack, paint the red tongue, heart eyes and heart kiss with one brush.

With a separate brush paint the white eyes and white teeth.

With the third brush paint on the blue teardrops.

 

 

Let your eggcellent creation dry overnight and in the morning your eggies will look like this!

 

Have an eggcellent Easter everyone!

Creating Solutions Together

There are times in life when everyone needs a little extra support. Family Service Regina offers counselling services wrapped in a safe and supportive environment for a variety of concerns that may be causing you or your family difficulty, our certified counsellors can encourage you to gain insight and discover your own potential while you move through struggling with a problem to discovering new directions and possibilities.

You may want help with your personal growth and self-esteem, be experiencing parenting or relationship challenges and conflict, struggling with mental health issues or have an addiction that is out of control.

 

We’re here to support you through:

 

  • Couples therapy/relationship counselling
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Depression, anxiety, stress or worry
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anger management and conflict resolution
  • Trauma, including sexual or physical assult or abuse
  • Grief, separation and loss
  • Self-injuring behaviors
  • Personal growth

 

What we talk about during counselling is confidential. This builds trust and will help you to explore difficult problems safely.

If you are wondering whether counselling is right for you, please contact us at 306-757-6675.  We can put your mind at ease and resolve your questions over the phone- you are free to ask whatever you want.

Family Service Regina offers free 60-minute walk-in counselling services on Mondays starting at 12:00pm & Thursdays at 1:00pm. You just need to show up! First come, first served.

Finding Balance in a Wired World

 

Our children learn how to use cell phones, video games, iPads, Kindles and other technological devices by watching us, their parents, so it’s up to us to model healthy habits, find balance with activity and technology and ultimately avoid being so absorbed in our devices that we miss our kids’ bids for attention.

We’ve all seen that mom texting, taking selfies and snapchatting at the playground while her three year old is calling out to her “mom, mom, mom look” we’ve also maybe been that parent. We upload a photo on Instagram or Facebook of our kids at the park- in real time, answer texts, answer emails and check our “likes”. The thing is, our kids notice, they’re watching us, watching our phones.

 

3 Things You Can Do to Change that, Starting Today.

 

Be a role model. Set an example by using tech the way that you want them to use it. Many parents feel they need to be accessible to their jobs. But that’s not realistic, set boundaries for work and family time, keep cell phones away from the dinner table, be fully present with your kids while you’re at the park and turn the TV off when it’s not being watched.

 

Set limits. Establish technology time limits www.healthychildren.org offers a quick easy way to create a personalized family media plan and offers a recommended “media time calculator” based on your children’s ages.

 

Use tech together. Watch, play, and listen with your kids. Sharing your thoughts, opinions and values regarding the content can be great teaching moments.

 

Remember, our children should never feel as though they have to compete with devices for our attention.

Careers for social good: Finding real career fulfillment

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi.

A career at a not-for-profit human services agency is a great way to dedicate yourself to serving others, it provides you with an opportunity to get more involved with your community and make a direct and positive impact in the lives of those with who we share it with.

 

Why Work at a Not-for-Profit Human Services Agency?

 

Because you actually want to get up and come to work

Unlike a job in the corporate world, human service not-for-profit agencies offer work that enables you to utilize your education and professional skills but also delivers soul-feeding, meaningful outcomes. Encouraging you to strive to make a difference, and guaranteeing you’ll feel good about the work that you do.

The office culture is WAY better

Employees of human services agencies collaborate easily, you are all working for an organization because you believe you are making a difference in the world, you all believe in the mission and direction of the organization and you have a shared passion for the work that the group does. Not-for-profit agencies also offer more flexible working conditions, such as flexible scheduling, contract work, job sharing, leaves of absence, and health benefits.

There’s always an opportunity to advance or change careers

Working for a non-profit human service agency often means that you wear many hats. At one point or another, you’ll job share. Whether it’s helping a colleague with their workload or volunteering for one of the organizations events, it all leads to diverse experience within the agency and opens doors to advance into another role.

You literally change lives and see it first-hand

All not-for-profit human services professions are important in promoting social good and helping people in need. The goal of most human service organizations, including Family Service Regina is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through responsive leadership and innovative programs. Leading to a safe, inclusive and vibrant community in which all people are resilient, confident and filled with hope. How lucky are we? We get to witness the positive impact we make, just by coming to work every day.

If you’d like to spend your days feeling good, helping people, working for a cause or otherwise doing something extraordinary to improve your community, working at a not-for-profit human service agency is definitely for you.

Staff Spotlight: Colleen Barss, Counsellor

Colleen is passionate about investing in others and developing relationships that dig deeper than just the surface level. Her passion for people was discovered while working as a hairdresser and learning about her clients. Colleen set out on a journey to find a career that would utilize her skills and qualities while providing a service to others and decided to pursue social work- obtaining her Masters and a full-time position with Family Service Regina in 2004.

“I did my practicum under Ray at FSR when I received my bachelors in social work in 1995, I was hired to coordinate workshops in 1996 and held that position until I returned to the U of R for my Masters in 2001.” said Colleen.

When she’s not striving to make clients feel comfortable, you can find Colleen singing in choirs, gardening and spending quality time with her with her husband, children and grandchildren. Learn more Colleen in our Staff Spotlight:

 

  1. What personal style or experience, do you uniquely bring to counselling?

Well, I have three years of experience and training in Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The SE approach enables individuals to LEAN IN and release traumatic shock, which is key to transforming anything from PTSD to the wounds of emotional and early developmental trauma.

 

  1. What do you have to know to be a good counsellor?

Probably that you need to be interested and adaptable, you have to figure out what the individual needs and do it their way. It’s also important to have your own eclectic style and commit to life-long learning.

 

  1. What are three words that describe you?

I’d say I’m patient, flexible and interested in learning.

 

  1. What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Honesty and integrity are the most important qualities to me.

 

  1. What is your favorite food in the whole world?

Salad! I love salad, salads are interesting, you can have cranberries and pecans on one, or egg and chicken in another, it’s weird, but I love salad.

 

 

40 Self-Care Ideas- When Your World Seems Chaotic

  1. Have a good, long, body-shaking cry
  2. Call a friend or family member and talk it out
  3. Book a session with a counsellor
  4. Take a mental health day
  5. When you’re going through life’s trials and tribulations, soften your expectations of yourself and others
  6. Curl with good book and a freshly laundered fleece blanket
  7. Head to Mackenzie Art Gallery and take in some really gorgeous pieces of art
  8. Head outside into the sunshine for a nature walk, I recommend Wascana Valley Trails
  9. Turn on some upbeat tunes and get your body moving!
  10. Take a long, hot bath, light a candle and pamper yourself
  11. Write, knit, paint, sculpt, cook, bake. Engage your hands!
  12. Exhaust yourself physically – Go for a run, try some yoga, swim, whatever helps you feel fatigued
  13. Create a list of 10 of things you’ve overcome and accomplished
  14. Create a list of 10 reasons why you’re an awesome and loveable person
  15. Create a list of 10 things that make your life beautiful
  16. Clean up a room in your house, sometimes tidying up can help calm and clear our heads
  17. Go out and be around others. You don’t have to engage, but find a quiet corner in a coffee shop and soak up the humanity around you.
  18. Buy yourself some flowers
  19. Volunteer with a local non-profit, like Family Service Regina to assist with planning an event or pet the puppies at Regina Humane Society or become a foster parent to a Rescue Dog
  20. Spend a few hours in a bookstore and read some spiritual literature
  21. Scream, pound pillows, tear up paper, shake your body to move the energy out
  22. Take a long drive down some dirt roads
  23. Eat your favorite, most comforting foods
  24. Go to a church or spiritual community service
  25. Fantasize about what you’re hoping or longing for. There are clues and energy in your reveries and daydreams that are worth paying attention to
  26. Listen to some calm and relaxing sounds to soothe you
  27. Buy and colour in an adult coloring book
  28. Revisit an old hobby, try your hand at things you used to enjoy and see where that leads you
  29. Put down the self-help books and pick up some good old fashioned fiction
  30. Remind yourself: Your only job right now is to put one foot in front of the other
  31. Get dirty. If you have a garden, do some gardening. Learn more about horticulture during events at Regina Horticulture Society
  32. Seek help. Whether it’s through Counselling Services, visiting a psychiatrist or a Clergy- let those trained to support you do it
  33. Educate yourself about what you’re going through. Learn about what you’re facing, what you can expect to feel, and how you can support yourself during this time
  34. Establish a routine. Routines can bring comfort and ground you during the times that feel chaotic or out of control
  35. Get up early and watch a sunrise or head outside in the evening and watch the sunset
  36. Make your own list of self-soothing activities that engage all five of your senses
  37. Accompany a friend or family member while they run errands
  38. Try a new restaurant and order something you’ve never had
  39. Pray. Meditate. Write a letter to God/The Universe/Source/Your Higher-Self, whatever you believe in.
  40. As much as you can, please try and trust the process.

 

Finally,  remember, what you’re going through right now is temporary. It may not feel like that from your perspective right now, but this too shall pass.