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Services and Programs

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)

Group Counselling Programs for Adults

Community Reintegration Program - on - going

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has a counsellor at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Where we offer community reintegration planning to women, including young women. Contact : Kaila

Court Support and Accompaniment

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. Contact: Marie-Josée Marion

Direct Accountability Program

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. Groups for adults, contact:Tania

Emotion Regulation Program / Anger Management -starting on Wednesday, April 6th,2016th from 6:00-8:00 PM

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.

Please Contact:Svjetlana


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

Please Contact:Svjetlana

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

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

Please contact: Stephanie

Life after Trauma - Group Counselling for Adult Women 10 week program - starting on Wednesday, April 27th,2016th from 5:30-7:30 PM in room 302

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. Please contact: Maria

Positive & Effective Parenting of 0-12 years old - 10 week program - -starting on Wednesday, April 27th,2016th from 10 AM- 12 PM in room 302

This 8 week group program aims to build confidence in parents' abilities to raise mentally healthy children. It is designed to offer as much or as little help and support as parents may need. You will be learning directly or form the interaction with other parents how to successful improve your child's behaviours by developing positive attitudes, skills and behaviours within yourself. This helps prevent problems from arising, and promotes family relationship that encourage children to reach their full potential. Please contact: Maria

Relapse Prevention Program (10 week) - starting on Tuesday April 5th,,2016 from 2 PM to 4PM.

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.

Relapse is a progressive process that is marked by definite, predictable, and progressive warning signs. Once relapse prone persons become aware of their personal warning signs, they can create a relapse prevention plan that will allow them to successfully manage these warning signs of relapse. The Relapse prevention group is designed to provide feedback to the members about the warning signs and symptoms; it is through this process of daily inventory, management of warning signs, and constant self-disclosure and feedback from others that relapse can be prevented.

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.

Please Contact: Giovanna

Self Esteem and Assertiveness Program- 8 week program for adult women: starting on Wednesday April 16th, 2016, from 10 AM to 12 Noon

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. Contact: Giovanna

Theft Prevention Programs- 10 weeks- starting on Tuesday April 5th, 2016 from 6 PM to 8 PM

These programs for both adults and youth – 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, contact:Nancy(Englis & French)

Programs for adult women, contact:Svjetlan Start from 29th Sep. from 6PM to 8PM

Violence against Women (VAW) Court Support Program

We provide court support, advocacy, and court accompaniment for women who have experienced domestic violence and who are currently involved in the criminal justice system within the greater Ottawa area. Our program is also intended to reach women who have been counter/dually charged in a domestic violence setting and women who may be facing other charges which have stemmed from the unique circumstances faced by women who have been victims of domestic violence. For more information contact Tan.


Violence Against Women Peer Support Discussion Group - - 5 week Group Counselling Program for adult women: starting on Wednesday April 27, 2016, from 5 PM to 7 PM

This peer support group is designed to assist and support women who have been involved with (or who are at risk of being involved with) the legal system as a result of violence and/or who have experienced trauma, violence, grief and loss (for instance in relationships or through loss of children through apprehension), and/or historical violence. The purpose of this group is to offer a supportive and therapeutic atmosphere provided by counsellors and peers while covering such topics as: The cycle of violence, trauma/responses to trauma, grief and loss, and the links between being criminalized and being a victim of violence. It will be a resource for referrals and advocacy regarding any court or legal issues. Please contact Tan


Programs for Youth (between ages 12-18)


Individual counselling/case management

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.For more information contact our youth worker: Nancy

Theft Prevention Program

Please call us for upcoming start dates:

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. For more information contact our youth worker: Nancy

Reintegration Support Services

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. For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy

Housing Support Services for Young Women

Housing support services assist female youth with finding temporary accommodations. For more information contact our youth worker: Nancy

Young Women at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Support

This support service offers counselling, outreach, and advocacy for female adolescents who are involved in or are at risk of being involved in the sex-trade industry. For more information contact our youth worker: Nancy

Stopping the Pain Program

The next psycho-educational group/ begins on for 6 weeks, with the exception of the week of Canada Day.This Group/Individual sessions are for female youth, between the ages of 12-17, who experience self-harming behaviour such as: self-cutting, burning, head-hitting, etc. Topics covered include: Understanding self-harm and who self-harms; Mental health diagnoses that some people who self-harm have; The functions of self-harm; Harm reduction for self-harming behaviours; Coping strategies; Managing negative emotions; Building a life without (or with less) self-harm. For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy

Self-Esteem & Healthy Choices Program


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 agressive communication

-Coping strategies.


For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy

Anger Management & Conflict Resolution Program:

This program runs for 6 weeks, and is for female youth between the ages of 12-17. This psycho-educational group addresses anger management and effective ways at resolving conflict. Topics include:

-Communication styles and assertiveness

-Verbal versus non-verbal communication

-The difference between anger and aggression


-Strategies for learning about to express ourselves in a manner that we will be heard

-Exploring how our emotions, thoughts and beliefs affect our behaviour (REBT)

-Coping strategies

For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy

Relapse Prevention Case Management

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.

For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy

Youth Mental Health Court Case Management

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.

For more information contact our youth worker:Nancy



(613) 237-7427