The Community Counselling Program provides counselling for those engaged in behaviours that lead to conflict with the law.
The Community Counselling Program is a therapeutic program designed to provide counselling to women and men engaged in behaviours that have led them into conflict with the law.
The Community Counselling Program primarily addresses criminal behaviours in two specific areas:
The Anti Criminal Thinking Program:
This component of the program is designed to assist individuals to identify issues that have led to such activities, to assist them in addressing these issues and to find solutions that are socially acceptable.
Research indicates that while some commit crime because of economic need or peer pressure, this, for many, is an early symptom of gathering depression. The individual may be experiencing marital problems, feeling anxiety, depression, isolation and anger. The individual often lacks self-confidence, finds it difficult to express his/ her feelings and has trouble making decisions.
The Anger Management Program:
This component of the program is designed to help the individual to understand their thinking patterns behind their anger and promotes assertive instead of aggressive reactions to life problems.
The program is comprised of individual and group counselling sessions, which are led by counsellors who offer guidance and direction in each specific area.
Individuals who are participating in this program are referred to the program by the courts, probation officers, lawyers, and other social service agencies.
Individuals referred to the program must be 18 years of age or older.
What is the cost for the services?
The Community Counselling Program is funded by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. There is no fee charged to the individual.
How do I register or get started with the counselling sessions?
You can register by contacting a Counsellor at the above mentioned phone number and scheduling an initial assessment appointment. Individuals must be on probation, not self-referred. Please note that the program does offer some evening appointments but does not operate on weekends.
How long are the individual sessions and how many sessions would I be attending?
Each counselling session is approximately one hour in length and the number of appointments will be assessed on an individual basis.