About us

(F.A.S.T.) Family & Adolescent Straight Talk is a registered charity agency, with a mandate to provide an effective and immediate support system for adults, adolescents and families within Halton and surrounding areas.

First Steps

One of the hardest things to do with addictions after realization is to admit to another. At F.A.S.T. we have been there, done it and have a closest full of T-Shirts! Quite simply, we are not here to judge or blame, we are here to start and maintain the recovery process. Helping people to reclaim their lives, their self respect, their families, and their future.

What We Do…

You need not feel alone: Our services are available 24/7 (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week), 365 days a year. Providing crisis counseling to adults/youth/families as a wellness service delivery agent committed to the ongoing development of programs deemed crucial to our clients in order for them to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The 1000 square foot facility located in Halton offers 24 hour assistance by highly qualified staff, with face to face counseling within hours.

Mission Statement

F.A.S.T. is dedicated to providing a safe environment in which individuals can:

  • Receive crisis counseling to build confidence.
  • Reconcile relationships with family, friends, and employers.
  • Partake in ongoing individual counseling, group therapy, and other professional services.
  • Learn to take responsibility for themselves, their actions, and their future.


OUR STAFF

Executive Director – Senior Counselor

Jim Harkins R.C.S., C.A.D.C., C.A.C.II, C.G.C. R.C.S ( Registered Clinical Supervisor)

Canadian Council of Professional Certification
C.A.D.C. (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification
C.A.C.II (Certified Addiction Counselor) Canadian Council of Professional Certification
C.G.C. (Certified Gambling Counselor) Canadian Council of Professional Certification
E.A.P. (Employee Assistant Program Co-coordinator) Mc Master University
Certified Trainer of Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI).

Jim Harkins the Executive Director of FAST has the experience, qualifications and successful track record to work with these troubled adults, youth & families. He has over 22 years experience and certifications through the Canadian Society of Counselors and Therapists (Certified Addictions Counselor, 2nd level), the National Addiction Intervention Association (Certified Addictions Drug Counselor) and the National Gambling Counseling Certification Board (Certified Gambling Counselor). Also, he is a Certified Employee Assistance Program Counselor through McMaster University. His expertise and proven program success has helped him forge close working relationships with school teachers and principles, police officers and social workers, medical professionals and agencies providing similar youth, adult and family programs, and parents who’s youth are struggling with substance abuse. His expertise has also directly contributed to the outstanding success in the programs since incorporation.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Karl Farcnik B.Sc., M.D., FRCP(C)

Bachelor of Science Degree; Major: Cell Biology University of British Columbia, 1982
Doctor of Medicine University of British Columbia, 1987
Rotating Internship: Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, 1987
Residency in Psychiatry: University of Toronto, 1987-1991 Inpatient Psychiatry: Mt. Sinai, 1987-1988 Outpatient Psychiatry: Hospital for Sick Children, 1988 Forensic Psychiatry, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, 1990 Chronic Care, Archway, Queen Street Mental Health Centre, 1989
Continuing Education: MOCOMP (Maintenance of Competence) Program 1995-present

Medical Doctor (Psychotherapist)

Dr. Suan-Seh Foo M.D. Medical Director Canterbury Clinic (Addiction & Addiction as it relates to AIDs)

Graduate – Degree of Medicine University of Toronto
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology University of Western Ontario
Vice-President, Medical Alumni Association University of Toronto
Member, Board of Directors Medical Alumni Association, University of Toronto

Social Worker

Penny Smith M.S.W., R.S.W.

M.S.W. (Masters Social Work) Wilfird Laurier University
R.S.W. (Registered Social Worker)
Parent Watch (Co-Founder)
Penny Smith has a Masters in Social Work, is a registered member of the Ontario College of Certified Social Workers and has significant experience with addictions and mental health, particularly related to youth. The social worker has also been operating the Parent Watch program for the past 9 years, and information and support group for parents of adolescents at risk. She has an extensive back ground in working with high-risk adolescents and experience in research, community development and child sex abuse. She has been a school social worker for 15 years specializing in the provision of clinical services to secondary school students, offering individual, group and family work, as well as program development. She has led many groups dealing with relationships, drug use, body image and family conflict issues.

Office Manager – Counselor

Susan Harkins

C.A.C.II (Certified Addiction Counselor) Canadian Council of Professional Certification
Certified Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI)Administering and Scoring
Susan comes to us through her own recovery from 22 years of spousal abuse from her alcoholic ex-husband. While running a daycare centre for young children for 16 years, plus raising her own 2 children, she then entered into her own treatment, after completing her recovery Susan became a very valuable volunteer in our company. In the year 2000, going to full time staff, Susan enrolled in McMaster University for addiction studies working towards her certification as an Addiction Counselor through the Canadian Counsel of Professional Certification.

Meeter & Greeter

Dudley

K.C.C. Registered
Certified Big Softy
Will always be remembered In Loving memory August 11th, 2009 .

Our New Additions

Dizzy Rascal (Fagan) & Norrelli Just Because (Shayla), the dynamic duo.