The Tree of Peace Friendship Centre is in its 44th year of providing counseling and educational services to residents of Yellowknife, the capital city of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Tree of Peace’s mission is to support aboriginal people by encouraging each individual to become self-reliant and healthy members of the Yellowknife and surrounding communities. Treatment focuses on improving the social, educational and economic aspects of community building by promoting cultural activities tailored to honor the cultural traditions of the native people.
Treatment at Tree of Peace is open to non-aboriginal residents as well, and offers no-cost substance abuse treatment in its on-going Living in Balance groups as well as its four-month Matrix outpatient program.
Treatment and Staff
Tree of Peace’s Living in Balance groups meet Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. These are drop-in meetings that explore psychoeducational topics such as the disease of addiction, relapse prevention and life skills. Clients can attend as many or as few as they’d like each week, indefinitely.
The Matrix program is more formal. Clients must come to the facility for an intake session, after which they’re assigned a primary counselor. They then attend group therapy three times a week for 16 weeks and have individual therapy with their counselor as-needed.
Groups meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 pm and are led by CADCs. Treatment uses CBT to help clients handle triggers and develop coping skills. Each Wednesday, an alumni of Tree of Peace or another treatment program is invited to speak to clients about recovery.
Clients with co-occurring disorders are referred to a nearby mental health clinic for dual diagnosis support. Tree of Peace endorses the 12 steps and encourages clients to attend local meetings. The Centre also hosts a weekly AA meeting on Saturday mornings.
Loved ones of clients in the Matrix program can attend family education groups. Tree of Peace also offers employment and education services such as GED classes. The facility is also a cultural hub for the community and hosts bingo nights, talent shows and dances.
For nearly 50 years, The Tree of Peace Friendship Centre has provided supportive programs for the aboriginal peoples of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Its Living in Balance groups and Matrix outpatient program offer clients the emotional support and coping techniques to live more satisfying lives in recovery.
The Tree of Peace Friendship Centre
P.O. Box 2667
5011 – 51st St
X1A 2P9 CANADA
Tree of Peace Friendship Centre Cost: Fees paid for by non-profit Yellowknife Health Foundation. Reach Tree of Peace Friendship Centre by phone at (867) 873-2864 or by email at [email protected].
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