Our programs are available to all women in the Peterborough area. Programs are designed to help women engage in community alternatives to incarceration and develop skills to prevent further incarceration. Programming is also provided to women within the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, and we provide follow-up re-integration work with women upon their release. Supportive counselling is an important component of our programming as it often focuses on helping women become prepared for further counselling and other supportive programs.

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Anger Solutions

This psycho-educational program enables women to assume responsibility for their actions by developing an understanding of the origins of women’s anger, the theory of anger development and techniques for effectively and safely expressing and releasing anger.

Topics covered include:

  • Taking ownership of emotional health and well-being.Be-in-Control-Step-5
  • Identifying differing styles of expressing anger.
  • Cognitive distortions and physiological responses to anger.
  • Developing an intellectual understanding of anger development.
  • Techniques to resolve anger.
  • Application of principles of assertiveness to expression of anger.
  • Recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • Increasing self-esteem.
  • Non-verbal communication styles and effective listening.
  • Anger resolution skills and conflict resolution skills.

Duration: 8 weeks

 Wellness and Self-Esteemwww.danielbranch.com5-things-that-you-should-know-about-self-esteem

The goal of this psycho-educational group is to assist women to develop their self-esteem by exploring relationships between self-image, self-acceptance, self-awareness and self-esteem.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring relationships between self-image, self-acceptance, self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Examining healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and self-care.
  • Practicing anger awareness, assertiveness and enjoyment of achievements for what they are.
  • Learning stress management, coping strategies, achievable goal setting and self-esteem building techniques.
  • Exploring unhealthy versus healthy lifestyle choices within the context of self-talk, body image, diet and exercise and substance use/abuse.

Duration: 8 weeks

 Goal Setting & Stress Management

This group enables women to clearly define goals, learn skills to work towards them, and explore barriers and habits that have prevented them from reaching them in the past. The program also teaches financial literacy.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring how to set goals that are specific, measurable and achievable relating to a specific behavior change.httphr.tsu.edumid-year-goal-setting-for-powerful-success
  • Exploring how to achieve balance in our lives by examining our physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual connections.
  • Developing skills around finances including examining attitudes towards money, budgeting, and money management.
  • Exploring the barriers to achieving our goals including: self-limiting beliefs; shame and guilt; and addictions.
  • Developing skills around grounding and boundaries.

Duration: 8 weeks

 Taking Control: Making Healthy Relationship Choices

The goal of this psycho-educational program is to increase the safety of women in conflict with the law by raising their awareness and increasing their knowledge of issues related to woman abuse. This program is intended to provide practical ways and means for women to identify abuse in relationships and to learn ways to manage risk and increase safety in abusive relationships. This program is delivered through the Elizabeth Fry Society on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Corrections. In addition, it is hoped that participation in this awareness program will be the first step in the process that will subsequently include more intensive individual or therapeutic group counselling.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying and increasing understanding of woman abuse and it’s effect on women and children. modifylifestyle.comtakes-healthy-relationship-rtr
  • Examining the issues associated with violence in intimate relationships.
  • Examining forms of abuse and learning how to recognize it.
  • Increasing the ability to assess levels of risk and develop realistic safety plans.
  • Enhancing awareness of available services and supports.

Duration: 8 weeks

Women & Integrity: Solutions for Theft, Fraud, and Breach of Trust

This is a psycho-educational program for women who commit shoplifting, fraud and other breach of trust offences. The program is designed to enable women to take responsibility for their actions within the context of developing new skills to cope with stress, poverty and isolation.

Topics covered include:

  • Examining how a woman’s beliefs and values both positively and negatively affect their lives.tolerosolutions.comemployees-lack-trust-in-leadership-biggest-issue-impacting-performance
  • Examining factors that help determine a woman’s sense of self-esteem.
  • Understanding how cultural attitudes about roles and status of women are internalized and shape the lives of individuals.
  • Exploring the causes of shoplifting, theft, breach of trust, fraud and related behaviours.
  • Exploring how grief, loss, depression and isolation impact a woman’s behaviour.
  • Learning self-care strategies, money management techniques, budgeting and the development of a spending plan.

Duration: 8 weeks

 Substance Use: Skills and Support

This program enables women to take a look at their substance use and its subsequent impact on all areas of their life.

Topics covered within the sessions include:

  • Understanding the pharmacology of drugshealthline
  • Identifying the pathway to addiction
  • Understanding the Change Process
  • Cognitive distortions and physiological responses to drug use.
  • Developing an understanding of their feelings
  • Relapse prevention.
  • Relapse prevention tools
  • Building supports in their community

Duration: 8 weeks

1:1 Support Programs

One to one programs are available to women where programming may be more suitable on an one-to-one basis and are designed to meet the specific needs of a client, as well as probationary and court ordered requirements.

Duration: ongoing

Adult Female Pre-Charge Diversion

This program is for women caught shoplifting. Police have the option to send women to EFry for a one hour educational seminar rather than laying a charge.

Duration: 1 hour