work practice is based on theoretical principles drawn
from a diversity of fields including: anthropology,
ecology, psychology, and sociology. Social work practice
operates on a continuum and may address needs that range
from an individual sphere, to an interpersonal level, or
to a larger social context. In this way, the social worker
may perform different roles according to the psychosocial
needs of the participant(s). These roles can include
advocate, counselor, mediator, and therapist.
At Expression LaSalle, social work
counseling is offered by a social work student or a
professional social worker in an individual or group
context for short term duration.
Format: Discussion groups
or workshops are weekly meetings that are typically two
(2) hours in length. Participants are encouraged to explore
their emotions, ideas and experiences through open
sharing, in a safe and non-judgemental space. In a group
context, participants benefit from the exchanges and
insights offered by other members of the group, as well as
by the social work facilitator(s).
focus of discussion groups may vary from year to year,
depending on the facilitator(s) area(s) of specialisation.
In recent years, creative mediums such as art, movement,
yoga, writing, and relaxation are a few modalities that
have been integrated into discussion groups at the Centre.
Individual counseling sessions are weekly meetings, one (1) hour in length, where a participant determines the subject(s) and focus of therapeutic work according to his or her needs. The maximum length of a rotation is twenty (20) sessions. A member may participate in a maximum of three (3) non-consecutive rotations of counseling.