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The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa offers a variety of practical and effective programs primarily targeted to young and adult women. Referrals to the Elizabeth Fry Society are received by lawyers, probation and parole officers, medical professionals, social workers, social assisance workers, and by staff of community-based organizations and agencies. Women also seek out our services through self-referrals. Please click here, you can find herein the General Referral form for submission.





Individual & Group Counselling Programs for Adults

Programs for Youth (between ages 12-18)

Please Contact: Arshina Martin, Manager of Youth and Adult Services:


Group Counselling Programs for Adults

Community Reintegration Program - Ongoing

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has a counsellor at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Where we offer community reintegration planning to yourng and adult women.

Court Support and Accompaniment - Ongoing

In our Courthouse (adjacent to Courtroom # 4), volunteers provide information assistance and support to women and girls who are going through the criminal justice system. Our Court support workers are available to accompany women and girls who must appear in court, help find legal representation, and provide assistance for individuals released from custody at the courthouse.

Direct Accountability Program - by referral only

This program is an alternative to formal prosecution for eligible individuals 18 years of age and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The Program will accept referrals that have been screened by the Crown as eligible to participate in a community-based alternative to the Court process and who have been assessed by the Community Justice Worker as appropriate for the Program. Individuals must be willing to accept responsibility for their offence(s) and complete sanctions to make amends for their actions.

Emotion Regulation Program ( former Anger Management )-commencing on Wednesday, Nov. 29 ,2017; (6:00-8:00 PM) and ending Jan. 31, 2018 - Room 311

This 8 week (8 -2 hr sessions) program offers an opportunity for clients to address emotional deregulation that can result in dysfunctional anger episodes. Utilizing the therapeutic modality of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), clients learn about their irrational thoughts that lead to dysfunctional consequences (anger episodes). More specifically, clients actively engage in techniques to identify trends in their thinking process and the correlation to their negative behaviours. Throughout the program, they are introduced and actively practice alternative thinking patterns that lead to better outcomes. The overall goal is to provide participants alternative techniques (assertiveness) to engrained patterns of thoughts and behaviour that have impacted themselves and others negatively.


Gateway - ongoing

Individual and group adult counselling for women and transgendered individuals who are involved in the sex-trade industry.


J.F. Norwood Transition House (housing)

Provides transitional housing for women in a 12 bed facility designed to assist women with reintegration into the community and offer assistance finding permanent housing. Each woman is assigned a personal support worker to help her with her reintegration plan. Please click here (where you will find the referral form). Please contact: April

Homelessness/Housing Services and Housing Needs Assessments - ongoing

Provides support and advocacy on housing issues information workshops on tenant rights assists with housing searches and landlord-tenant negotiations


Life after Trauma - commencing on Thursday, Nov. 30,2017 (2:00-4:00 PM) and ending Feb. 5, 2018 - Room 213

The work accomplished in this program aims to facilitate clients' resiliency and post traumatic growth, by combining psycho-education, experiential methods and cognitive and behavioral resolutions. The sessions are designed to enable participants to learn what happens to people after trauma at neurological, emotional, physical and spiritual levels; making sense of one's post trauma reactions, sorting facts from reactions, making sense of one's beliefs, addressing the all-or-nothing thinking, understanding how beliefs change, and checking one's accuracy of beliefs. Healing for the long term -learn to be flexible, think flexibly, avoid impulsive changes, pay attention to your feelings and reactions, practice meditation or relaxation exercises, recognising your strengths, and how to achieve emotional freedom.

Adult Survivors of child sexual abuse: commencing on Monday, December.4 ,2017 (6:00-8:00 PM) and ending Dec. 18, 2018 - Room 311

The purpose of this group is to provide information about sexual abuse and its patterns of occurrence, to discuss the concerns that can develop from being sexually abused as a child, and to increase awareness of how these childhood problems can continue to affect ones adult life. This group is for you if:

  • you are interested in learning more about how child sexual abuse affects children and how it continues to affect adults
  • you were sexually abused as a child and you are now interested in learning more about the effects of sexual abuse
  • you are interested in learning about how and why children are sexually abused, what sexual abuse is, and how to prevent its occurrence

Relapse Prevention Program: commencing on Tuesday, Jan. 23,2018 (1:00-3:00 PM) and ending Mar. 27, 2018 Room - 213

A 10-week program for women interested in learning relapse prevention skills that can help them become more aware of the bio-psycho-social factors directly associated with addictions and relapse prevention.

In The Relapse Prevention Program, persons learn how to develop a morning plan, do an evening review, understand addiction and its symptoms, make a recovery decision, recognize stress, recognize and stop denial, recognize and manage cravings, recognize and manage high risk situations, manage addictive thoughts, feelings, urges and actions, and build a foundation for high-quality recovery. The goal is for participants to feel confident in their ability to do what they need to stay in recovery.


Self Esteem and Assertiveness Program- commencing on Thrusday,Jan.25 , 2018 (3:30 -5:30 PM) and ending Mar. 29, 2018 - Room TBD

This group's sessions have been designed to address issues of self-esteem and assertiveness by using Dialectical Behaviour, Exposure Therapy and Art Therapy together. During this group, the clients will explore their sense of self using positive psychology.

Theft Prevention Programs- commencing on Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017 (6:00-8:00 PM) and ending on Jan.30, 2018 - Room 312

This programs will address the underlying issues that contribute to theft behaviour. Clients learn to identify their theft “triggers” and they acquire appropriate tools to cope with and overcome these stressors. The modules of the program include: self-awareness and esteem; stress management; cognitive distortions; communication; depression; breaking down the offence; Relapse Prevention; and Community Resources.


Programs for Youth (between ages 12-18)

Individual counselling/case management - onging

This program is offered in English and French to female adolescents, 12-17 years of age, who are either in conflict with the law or are at risk of becoming in conflict with the law. Individual counselling can be offered to female adolescents up to the age of 24, as long as the person has a youth probation officer.


Theft Prevention Program - ongoing

This program offers individual and group counselling aimed at addressing the issues underlying theft behavior, such as: internal and external triggers of theft behaviour. This program is currently being run through referrals from the Boys and Girls Club for male and female adolescents, however parental referrals are welcomed as well, for female adolescents only.

Reintegration Support Services - ongoing

This service assists female youth (in detention or open custody at Talitha House or Sundance Youth Correctional Facility) who are returning to the Champlain District area upon their release.

While at Talitha House or Sundance, youth are offered counselling support as well as assistance in connecting with services in their hometown community in preparation for their release from either facility. Counselling and case management services can continue for youth in Ottawa, upon their release, if Ottawa is the city to which the youth is returning.

Housing Support Services for Young Women-ongoing

Housing support services assist female youth with finding temporary accommodations.

Self-Esteem & Healthy Choices Program: ongoing

This program is for female youth, between the ages of 12-17, who are looking to explore tools for healthy decision making.Topics include:

  • Making healthy choices for ourselves: what is important to us?
  • Goal setting
  • Stress and peer pressure
  • Sexting and healthy sexuality
  • Healthy relationships and healthy boundaries
  • Body image
  • Self-awareness (including strengths)
  • Self-esteem: looking at our thoughts and our behaviour
  • How the outside world influences our sense of self/self-awareness/self-esteem/and choice making
  • Assertive communication versus aggressive communication
  • Coping strategies










Relapse Prevention Case Management - ongoing

Female adolescents, between the ages of 12-17, can seek relapse prevention case management services. These services consist of referrals to addiction/harm reduction services, as well as reviewing goals and coping strategies, as they relate to relapse prevention.

Youth Mental Health Court Case Management - ongoing

Female adolescents, between the ages of 12-17 currently in the Youth Mental Health Court system can be connected with a worker at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, to become involved in the various programs offered by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, and to be connected with additional resources.

Indigenous Support Service - ongoing

The Indigenous Support Service at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa provide the following Community Services;

  • A weekly Adult Women Peer Support Group for indigenous women lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • A weekly Female Youth Peer Support Group for indigenous female at-risk youth to prevent criminalization or recidivism
  • Court Support and Advocacy for Indigenous women involved in criminal justice proceeding
  • Individual Support to Indigenous women to assist with court forms, accessing legal aid, understanding conditions of release, grievances, complaints and remedies.



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