John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie & District

Options for Change

Options for Change

3 Streams—One goal– independence

  • Social Skills Groups: are offered both in the office (groups and 1-1) and through community outreach, which includes up to 90 hours of training for each participant. Trained coaches teach skills that can be used in five areas of life which are: self, family, community, school/work, and leisure. We offer a cognitive behavioral approach to teaching skills that include assertiveness, decision making, problem solving, stress management and goal setting. In addition we facilitate employment readiness training to address oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills and employment maintenance skills.

Participants of these groups include:

· Recipients of Ontario Disability Supports· Recipients of Ontario Works

· Those who are either homeless or at risk of losing their housing

· Those who have difficulty handling conflict in a healthy way

· Those requiring assistance in setting goals to improve their lives