Walgwan’s External Councillor offers individual services to youth in the neighbouring communities of Gesgapegiag, Listuguj and Ugpi’Ganjig. She also coordinates prevention activities at the primary and high schools in these communities. Workshops topics include self-esteem, conflict resolution, management of peer pressure, stress management, etc. They are adapted to the aboriginal culture and to the needs of the various sexes and age groups. In order to ensure a cohesive approach for the health and wellness of the youth, the Councillor works in partnership with various community resources such as social services, police services, group homes, health services, orientation councillors and employees of the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP). This external consultation service is in a constant state of evolution thanks to the positive comments from clients and parents.
An outreach worker travels throughout the designated territory to support and assist service providers, families and youth in their communities. She presents the Walgwan Center’s services in schools, youth centers and in indigenous friendship centers. She also coordinates family circles to improve family relations and communications in the youth’s environment. She also follows up on aftercare therapy.
The outreach worker follows up on the youth who have completed the program and who have returned to their communities. She makes contact after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 18 months. Aftercare support plans are adapted in function of risks and protection elements in the youth’s environment.