VAST provides trauma recovery services and a Healing Community, with either group support or individual counselling. VAST wellness support services are provided at no cost, for individuals or families in need. Usually VAST will refer out to one of our partners for individuals dealing with an active addiction, or for couples therapy, or family therapy (although we may be available to work with all members of the family).
Individual & Group Support
We provide trauma-focused psychological counselling in one-on-one and in group. Psycho-education, emotion self-regulation, and information sharing prepare clients for the refugee claim and settlement process.
Support with Documentation
We provide documentation of evidence of psychological trauma for the refugee claim process. We work with our clients (and their lawyers) to document symptoms of psychological trauma to support their refugee claim.
Community Building & Referrals
We provide referrals to health, housing, and settlement services. We work with our community partners in the health and social services sectors to create a network to support our clients’ basic needs.
Building Capacity & Education
We provide training and professional development workshops on refugee mental health for health and social service providers, and students. We work on committees to advance the rights of refugees.
Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) Fund Welcome to the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) Endowment Fund with the Vancouver Foundation: VAST is BC's largest centre for refugee and newcomer mental health, and supports individuals who arrive in BC with psychological trauma and vulnerable status. Founded on the conviction that healing is an act of resistance, for 35 years we have employed a province-leading model of trauma-informed practice in an open, non-violent space.