Self Management Programming

reachAbility provides supportive and accessible programs that build capacity for inclusion.



This workshop empowers you to invest in your most important asset: yourself. Identify your strengths in a supportive and comfortable environment.

Age Eligibility 16+ | Duration: 1 Week


● You have skills, let’s explore

● Find your strengths

● Build up your self-confidence

● Create personal goals



Duration: 2 Weeks | Eligibility: Age: 16+

Practice effective communication skills in a small group setting with access to our Animal Assisted Therapist.


● Identify your most effective communication style

● Manage your stress

● Conflict Management



Duration: 2 Weeks | Eligibility: 18+

Building On Self-awareness & Self-confidence (BOSS) helps you to better manage life’s everyday frustrations in an appropriate way.


● Effects of anger on your body

● Understanding invitations to anger

● Non-violent communication

● Re-frame negative thoughts


One Step Closer

Duration: 2 Weeks | Eligibility: 18+, Income Assistance

If you’re not ready to come to our Halifax location, no problem, we’ll come to you. This intervention supports your first steps towards establishing your goals.


● You have skills, let’s explore

● Find your strengths

● Build up your self-confidence

● Create personal goals

● Speed Meeting Events


Pre-Employment Programming


Transition 101

Move positively forward in our life by joining Transition 101. Everyone’s next steps are different. This program combines one on one and peer support in identifying your next steps.

Age Eligibility 16+ | Duration: 3 Weeks, All are welcome


● Identify your unique path

● Address your barriers

● Start building your tool kit

● Map out your next steps


First-Time Filmmakers

Duration: 1-3 days | Eligibility: Age: 15-23, Youth facing barriers

A unique filmmaking workshop which aims to empower youth by taking a comprehensive look at the filmmaking process guided by film industry professionals.


● Storytelling techniques

● Script writing

● Audio recording and lighting

● Transferable skills


Employment Programming


Employment Boot Camp

Employment Boot Camp is designed to provide the support and guidance needed to secure sustainable and meaningful employment that works for you.

Age Eligibility 18+ | Duration: 20 Days, In receipt of IA


● Effective job search strategies

● Elevating interview skills

● Certifications that matter

● Refine your resume and more!

Success 40

Duration: 40 days | Eligibility: Age: 18+, In receipt of IA

Success 40 provides a more in-depth approach to meeting your employment needs. This intervention is both customized and detailed to ensure your employment success.


● Real-life job experiences

● Putting your best foot forward

● Work with our Job Developer

● Managing your first pay-check


Job Developer

Duration: Based on Individual Needs | Eligibility: Any client 18+ participating in reachAbility programming and working towards employment.

Our Job Developer works closely with individuals pursing success in the workforce, getting to know their needs and abilities, and matching them with the hiring and retention needs of hiring employers.


● Flexible and individualized job search support

● Ongoing support after employment is gained

● Resource for navigating employment barriers

● Advocacy for inclusion and accommodation in the workplace


Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a therapeutic process. The “Therapy Triangle” (patient–therapist-animal) creates an ideal therapy atmosphere. Animals help participants feel relaxed, and comforted. The acceptance, warmth, and lack of judgement helps the patient overcome obstacles.

AAT can help alleviate emotional disturbances, depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, PDD, ADD, ADHD, and OCD, while increasing social and communication skills.


Yana Gold moved to Nova Scotia from Israel. She coordinates the Sycle program. This class focuses on conflict resolution, effective communication, and stress management. Yana uses her experience as an Animal Assisted Therapist to work with clients one-on-one.

Yana has a Masters degree in Education from Tel Aviv University, and a Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Yana has over ten years of experience in therapy and education. In her career, Yana’s worked with various organizations such as:

  • The Department of Social Services (Arad, Isreal)

  • SOS Children’s Villages

  • Residential Care (Rashi Foundation)

  • Multi-purpose day care (Wizo organization)

  • National Association for the Rehabilitation of Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Yana’s experienced in developing therapeutic educational enrichment programs, and trauma focused therapy. She’s also an excellent coach for caregivers, social workers, family members and counselling service providers.

Booking a Session

The therapeutic process usually consists of 4 introduction sessions (creating initial connection, trust, goal settings), 16 process sessions and 4 separation sessions.

Each session is 45 minutes long, and their frequency is weekly. This process is dynamic and depends on the client, their needs, goals and possibilities.

This service is not funded like our other programs and it is unfortunately not covered under health insurance providers therefore there is a cost associated. reachAbility is able to subsidize a percentage of the cost, therefore fees are based on a sliding scale depending on financial capacity.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: or call 902.429.5878.



Henry loves hanging out with his friends, chilling on his pillow and eating blueberries.


Churchill is all about affection - giving and receiving. He loves hanging out with his moms Gucci and Yana, and eating every food.


Reachie leads a simple life. His favourites are blue rocks, eating, and swimming. Reachie is an advocate for peace - he’s striving to bring it to the world one bubble at a time.



Freud loves to hop around his cage and the office. He’s a lovable Holland Lop bunny who enjoys snuggles, fresh bedding and crunchy vegetables from our accessible community garden!


Health & Wellness Program: Finding Balance

Part of our commitment to reducing stress for our clients include:

  • Group services

  • Peer-driven groups

  • Mentor opportunities, and more!

We offer ongoing and one-off programming.

Wellness Workshops

reachAbility provides Wellness Workshops such as Art Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Coping Strategies, Accessible Yoga, Music Therapy, Media Literacy, Budgeting, Bullying in The Workplace, Boundaries, Animal Assisted Therapy and more!!

These free services are included in all reachAbility programs. We’re committed to creating a supportive dialogue both in and out of class. In addition to our Wellness Workshops, our Health & Wellness Programming Coordinator meets with all clients, one on one, several times throughout their journey at reachAbility to provide:

  • Professional expertise

  • One-on-one confidential support

  • Skill development and strategies to improve mental health

  • Transferable skills

Health & Wellness appointments run for a maximum of 30 minutes. The number of total sessions can vary according to the client’s needs.