Wellness Department

The Wellness program strives to provide wholistic and culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services and support communities in building capacity for wellness.

Our commitment is to work from a client-centered, strength-based approach to promote health, wellness and healing.

We provide:

-        Mental health and addictions counselling with youth 10-17 years of age from BRT6HC communities

-         Mental health and addictions counselling with adults 18 years and up

-        Make appropriate referrals to treatment centres, detox centres, and other services when required

-        Work with clients leaving treatment on their aftercare plans

-        Support family members affected by someone else’s mental illness, distress or addictions.

To access services please call BRT6HC @ 306-937-6700 and ask for intake.


Matrix Intensive Outpatient Program

The Matrix  IOP is a structured treatment where client receive information and support in structuring

a substance-free lifestyle.  For 16 weeks, client attend several Intensive Outpatient Treatment sessions

per week.  This intensive phase of treatment incorporates:

  • Individual and con-joint sessions - 6 sessions
  • Early recovery skills group - 8 sessions
  • Relapse prevention group - 32 sessions
  • Family Education group - 12 sessions
  • Social Support sessions - 36 sessions

Matrix program advocates for abstinence - based approach.

Treatment planning/intervention involves preparation of three (3) plans.  Namely:

1.     Client's plan (in his or her own work - using the manual )


2.     Therapist/Counsellors plan with the client - using the manual & cultural approach

  • Eight sessions
  • Two per week for the first month of primary treatment
  • 5-10 people max
  • 50 minutes per session
  • Structure and routine is/are essential

Fundamental message in the group is:

       1.     You can change your behaviour in ways that will make abstinence possible; ERS Group will provide 

                you with strategies, tool, and the support you need.

       2.      Professional help can be one source of support, you need other means of support too.



3.     Client in advance stage of recovery/Significant other/family member's plan - using the manual

  • Thirty - two (32) sessions [Sixteen (16) weeks overall]
  • Beginning and end of the week
  • 5 - 10 people max
  • 90 minutes per session
  • Addressing a specific topic

Fundamental message in the group is:

       1.     Client(s) with SUD share information about relapse prevention skills, and receives assistance with coping skills

       2.     Identifying impending relapse signs

       3.     Broad spectrum of information is offered/presented

Examples of topic to cover include but not limited to:

  • Guilt and shame
  • Staying busy
  • Motivation for recovery
  • Emotional triggers
  • Staying busy



  • 12 Sessions
  • 90 minutes per session
  • Once per week for the first three months of treatment
  • Family member/significant others invited

Fundamental message in the group is:

       1.     Providing non-threatening environment for families to work through crisis

       2.     Broad spectrum of information about substance dependence, alcohol and other drugs use, treatment, recovery,

               and its effect on families.

PowerPoints, Slides, Prezi, Discussion and presentation panels are employed in delivery within group format.

Materials for the 12 sessions of 90 minutes is in the Counsellor's Family Education Manual


SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP ( After Care) Culturally appropriate approach:

  • Once per week for 36 weeks
  • 90 minutes sessions
  • One - word recovery topic
  • Aim is to help client learn how to re-socialize

Fundamental message/discussion focuses on:

       1.    Helping client(s) prevent possible relapse due to anxiety of leaving treatment

       2.    Patience

       3.    Intimacy

       4.    Rejection

       5.    Isolation

       6.    Work


 Matrix poster


Cultural Facilitator  

The cultural facilitator role is to provide culturally based support, advice and assistance for staff and clients.  They are there to help support people (staff and clients) in the development of their own knowledge bundles.

The Cultural Facilitator enriches programs with their life experience, knowledge and ability to affirm Indigenous ethics and teachings; focuses on and strengthens relationships within and between communities; helps to link culture within the agencies, the systems and the institutions; teaches people how to work with other community Elders; and, facilitates the presence of diverse teachings from a variety of other Elders and community leaders.

BTC Wellness Brochure

Resolution Health Support Worker Program - Indian Residential School

This program provides emotional support to former Indian Residential School survivors in the Battlefords and district, which includes the urban population and the following First Nation communities: Moosomin, Red Pheasant, Sweetgrass, Little Pine, Lucky Man, Poundmaker, Onion Lake, Thunderchild, and Saulteaux First Nation.

All former Indian Residential School students and their families are eligible.

Support includes:

  • Prepare IRS survivors and provide emotion support before, during and after an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Independent Assessment Process (IAP), and/or litigation processes
  • Provide referrals with other professionals when needed
  • Provide Cultural support by Elders
  • Provide support to those who may have been denied a claim
  • Coordinate workshops at the community level for IRS survivors
  • Provide cultural support and traditional counseling through ceremonies
  • Deliver educational sessions to the communities about residential schools


Youth Outreach Program

The youth outreach program focuses on increasing resiliency in youth ages 10-30 years old from BRT6HC communities.

This includes offering awareness program around suicide prevention, self-esteem, stress reduction, addictions, supports etc…

In addition, this program provides ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to interested community members.

In 2007, the youth outreach program developed and delivered Journey to Wellness (J2W) and 8 sessions youth suicide prevention program. This program has become a best practice in the United States and a Promising practice in Canada.

Liaison Program

The Wellness program has an urban liaison worker who coordinates services for BRT6HC community members that go to high school in North Battleford, or is admitted into Battlefords Mental Health.