NavOn is committed to the pursuit of excellence in assessment, therapy, teaching and supervision, innovation, and research through their ongoing affiliation with LFCC. NavOn is unique in the communities we serve as a social enterprise with a mindset focused on working together, equitable access to service, and giving back.
Some of the ways we are giving back to the community:
Suicide Prevention / Intervention / Postvention Initiatives
Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for youth in Canada (PHAC). Although we are still evaluating the impacts of the pandemic on our youth, we know that the situation for the broader community has worsened through the pandemic, with calls to Canada's Suicide Prevention Service up 200% in 2020. NavOn contributes to supporting suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts through a donation of staff time. NavOn staff participate in the coordinated response when there is a death by suicide in the community. NavOn also shares staff expertise with the London Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council. This year, Ms. Heather Fredin from NavOn is the chair of the council.
For more information about the council and its work, please visit lmspc.ca.
FASD Caregiver Support Group and Teen Group
Needs assessments have shown that 78% of caregivers of children with FASD did not have someone to turn to in times of stress. Peer support can reduce the emotional burden for caregivers, improve coping, and preventing the escalation of distress. A healthy caregiver is a protective factor for children, particularly those with disabilities such as FASD. For many years, NavOn contributed to enhancing FASD supports in our community by facilitating a caregiver support group and a parent-peer mentoring program, both provided at no cost to families. With many options for caregiver support emerging in the last few years, NavOn has shifted focus to meet our mandate of addressing service gaps. We are excited to begin offering teen programming (with a parent component).
Clinical Training and Supervision
NavOn has practicum placement opportunities and a paid psychology residency for advanced students with an interest in forensic clinical work. NavOn is partnered with LFCC and the Mary J Wright Child and Youth Development Centre at Western University to ensure breath and depth in the student experience and for access to a broad range of educational seminars by local experts. This program also benefits the community by enabling the provision high-quality and affordable psychological consultation, assessment, and therapy services supervised by a licensed psychologist on a sliding fee scale. For more information about student placements, please contact us. For more information about our psychology residency, please download our brochure.
Those seeking collegial support or registering for independent practice with the College of Psychotherapists can also benefit from the collective experience of the NavOn team through individual supervision or consultation.
Please contact us to learn more.