CCF Programs and Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling

AA - The Top of the Hill Group meets every Wednesday night; outside members attend as well as CCF prisoners.

Individual Counseling – Individual counseling is provided by a LCPC and is available on request and through referral by Classification. The counselor meets with prisoners 20 hours per week.

Group Counseling – Charleston Correctional Facility offers Thinking for a Change©, a “comprehensive educational and treatment program which promotes cognitive skills development and encourages offenders to take a practical and realistic look at the progression of troubles in their lives and the irrational choices they have made. Offenders are given the choice and responsibility to work toward personal change by focusing on the truth about their lives and their personal responsibility to change their attitudes and actions”.

Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counseling is provided via tele-conferencing 8 hours per month by a contracted clinical psychologist who works with prisoners on a 1:1 basis. Individual treatment is provided for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.Crisis intervention, assessment and evaluation are available, as is counseling in dealing with institutional adjustment and/or personal problems.

Services provided include a 10-week anger management program based on Cage Your Rage, which is an anger management program developed at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary. This program helps offenders recognize their angry feelings, learn where they came from, and deal with them in more responsible and less destructive ways. The offenders learn how to take more control over their lives by controlling these feelings.

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