John Howard Society of Sudbury

Programs

Sudbury Youth Rocks Music Program

The objective of this program is to allow young persons free access to music equipment with the assistance and instruction from seasoned musicians. This setting will allow participants to learn at their own pace and form a team with other youth that share common interests. Young persons age 10-17 alleged to have committed an offence or who are at risk for criminal involvement can participate in this program. The participants form a rock band from the outset and then play at community events.

Horses and Youth Program

The objective of this program is to allow young persons, in serious conflict with the law, free access to learning how to care for and control horses. This is coupled with life skills sessions for the participants so they can practice what they have learned with learning how to care for horses. Young persons age 12-17 can participate in this program. The participants will learn skills of teamwork and empathy.

Before Everything Escalates Program

This service provides group programs for men who are in any part of the spectrum of the criminal justice system for offences related to domestic violence.  A Pre-charge program of 12 weeks in length and a Caring Dads program of 17 weeks in length are available for men.

Shoplifting Education Program

This program consists of an initial assessment with each person referred to the service. This is followed by a group session and a follow up contact one month after the group session. The group session does have aspects of awareness of the victim but is primarily concerned with shoplifting as an act that it wrong and must cease. Presentations at this session are made by a representative merchant or merchant association that that provides hard data about shoplifting and its effects for the merchant.

Victim Awareness Program

This program consists of an initial assessment with each person referred to the service. This is followed by a group session and a follow up contact one month after the group session. The service is aimed at fostering greater understanding of what the victims of crime experience. The group session will assist the youth by challenging their thinking and assist them in re-evaluating their relationships with others, especially with the victims themselves.

Personal Service Work Program

Personal service work is an activity or set of activities comprised of tasks to be performed by the young person without remuneration that can be seen to serve a specific short or long term benefit to both the young person and the community. Community service activities are individualized and address the overall reintegration and/or rehabilitation of the young person. This work also supports accountability of the young person, provides an opportunity for the young person to recognize their skills and abilities and encourages constructive use of leisure time.

Anger Management Program for Youth

The Anger Management program includes cognitive behavioural sessions on anger, stress, communication and conflict resolution. The program was developed by the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. This program focuses on providing participants with greater motivation and rationale for wanting to express anger constructively and incorporates a strong cognitive component in the group sessions.

Anger Management Program for Adults

The Anger Management program includes cognitive behavioural sessions on anger, stress, communication and conflict resolution. The program was developed by the John Howard Society of Windsor in collaboration with Correctional Service Canada. This program teaches people to use appropriate thoughts and actions to express anger. Individuals are taught skills to help understand themselves and how to identify and express their anger appropriately.

Caring Dads Program

Caring Dads is an intervention program for fathers (including biological, step, common-law) who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours

The program consists of a 17-week, empirically-based, manualized group parenting intervention for fathers, systematic outreach to mothers to ensure safety and freedom from coercion, and ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with referrers and with other professionals involved with men’s families.