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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 - 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.

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.

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.

Emotion Regulation Program ( former Anger Management )-commencing on Wednesday, May 31,2017; (6:00-8:00 PM) and ending July 19, 2017 - Room 312

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: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Individual and group adult counselling for women and transgendered individuals who are involved in the sex-trade industry. Takes place form 2:00 - 3:00 at The Well located at 154 Somerset St. W.

Winter 2016/2017 dates:

November 28, 2016, December 12, 2016, January 9, 2017, January 23, 2017, February 6, 2017 February 27, 2017, March 13, 2017 , March 27, 2017

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


Life after Trauma - Group Counselling for Adult Women 8 week program - commencing on Wednesdays, March 22,2017 (2:00-4:00 PM) and ending May 17, 2017 - Room 312

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. Next group to be offered in the new year. Please contact 613-237-7427 ext. 153

Adult Survivors of child sexual abuse: commencing on thursday, March 23,2017 (2:00-4:00 PM) and ending May18, 2017 - Room 213

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, March 28,2017 (2:00-4:00 PM) and ending May 30, 2017 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.

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.


Self Esteem and Assertiveness Program- commencing on Wednesday, Aprl 5,2017 (10:00 a.m -12:00 PM) and ending May 24, 2017 - Room 213

This program is a "contnuum-of- care" program and serves ONLY clients who completed other E Fry programs, and are referred by the counsellor of prvious programs.

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- 8 weeks- starting on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and program will end on July 18, 2017.

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

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

Theft Prevention Program

Please call us for upcoming start dates: commencing on Wednesday, March08,2017 (10:00 a.m -12:00 PM) and ending April 05, 2017

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

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

Housing Support Services for Young Women

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

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


Self-Esteem & Healthy Choices Program: commencing on Wednesday, January 11,2017 (5:00 -6:30 PM) and ending February 15, 2017


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.



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.


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.


Decison Making : commencing on Monday, December 05,2017 (5:00-6:30 PM) and ending February 06, 2017

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is offering a new program for youth that breaks down the decision making process and help youth learn how to make safer/healthier choices in times of struggle. This 10-week program has been develped to show new ways of assessing subjects like finances, safety, relationships, communication, assertiveness, time and stress management and many others. Through the help of ZingTree,a decision making app, participants will develop new coping skills as well as will learn to reflect on their current patterns fo behaviour.




(613) 237-7427