Ken O'Neil, CYW, CYC Cert.

Owner/Operator

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Ken is a caring and empathetic Child and Youth Counsellor, who has owned and managed his own counselling and consulting business since July 1997 (The WAY Out Counselling services 1997-2020; P.A.C.E. Inc. 2020).  Ken began his business endeavor one year after graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work at Lambton College in 1996.  Since then, he has continuously added to his credentials by participating in numerous training opportunities such as, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Trauma and Grief Response, Community Violent Threat Risk Assessment, and Mental Health and Addictions programming.  Ken, in the past, has contributed to his profession by teaching at Lambton College in the Child and Youth Worker Program, as well as serving as a Faculty Advisor for over 11 years.  On a personal level, Ken is a proud father of three beautiful children and has been happily married for 21 years.

Since the inception of his business, Ken has had multiple opportunities to work in partnership with the Walpole Island Health Centre, Enodmaagejig Social Services, Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig, Walpole Island Home and Community Care Program, Bkejwanong Children’s Centre, Bkejwanong Children’s Services Unit, National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, Lambton-Kent District School Board, Southwest Area First Nation Health Board, Kettle & Stony Point Hillside Elementary School, and various Children’s Aid Societies, to name a few.

  

Over the last 23 years, Ken has had the opportunity to develop, implement and coordinate many different programs within Walpole Island First Nation, and the Lambton-Kent region.  Programs such as: Men’s Support Program, High School Integration Program, Walpole Island Trauma Response Team, P.A.C.E. Program, Specialized Elementary Support Program, and Walpole Island Community Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy are some, among many, community-driven initiatives that Ken has proudly developed, implemented and facilitated over his vast career in Human Service.

Certifications: 

Violent Threat Risk Assessment Level 1 & 2

Trauma and Loss Consultant

Trauma and Loss School Specialist

Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing

Restorative Justice Forums

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Mental Health First Aid

RedPath Addiction Treatment Program

Death Notification - MADD