The Program

Programs to improve lives of all youth

Strength based programs aimed at identifying/reducing risk factors

Phoenix offers its residents the opportunity to participate in both individual and group programs.
Group work provides an opportunity for the youth to learn how to advocate for themselves in the presence of peers while being supported in a safe/secure environment. The youth have opportunity to practice the skills they acquire through the group process, such as gaining improved self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills.
Individual programs provide the opportunity to target very specific individual needs with each youth. An opportunity to self-analyze different areas of identified needs while being supported through the process by staff with whom the youth has developed a professional relationship with.


Phoenix has an Education Program in which the residents attend classes and earn credits towards their Ontario High School Diploma.

Phoenix has a contract agreement with the Ottawa-Catholic School Board for 1.5 teaching positions to deliver academic programs, to our young person group, 10 months and 21 days of the year.

The residents are able to complete their academic studies and curriculum through any subjects that can be accessed through the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Library. 

They are able to earn credits in physical education through community programming at various off-site locations. Recreation programming is also done on-site with the use of an all-purpose gym, playing field, basketball court and volleyball court. 

The COURAGE program utilizes evidence-based strategies to assist youth in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. COURAGE Interactive Journals address cognitive skill-building and criminal thinking and behaviour. The Journals allow youth to identify their readiness to change and develop personally-relevant goals.

How to Get Control of Your Life by Beating Alcohol and Drugs. This program is a motivational enhancement program that assists in identifying the telltale signs of addiction, offers suggestions for living alcohol - or drug - free, and teaches the skills necessary for healthy thinking and living.

A program for young men, ages fourteen to nineteen, who are working together, to solve problems without resorting to violence. The programs also look at the underlying messages our society gives adolescent males about what it means to be a man. By addressing the roots of male violence, this effective curriculum helps young men break the cycle of violence passed from generation to generation. 26 Sessions. 

CBT Therapy

Encouraging Self-Esteem, Resilence and Well Being in Young People Using CBT Approaches - Most successful with 12-15 or those with a lower level of maturity. 10 Sessions.

Interpersonal Problem Solving

Promotes Positive Change in Youths Displaying Anti-Social Behaviour.
Using CBT Approaches - 12 Modules.

Anti-bullying program - Instrumental Peer Aggression - 6 Sessions

Motivation Enhancement Programs re: Substance Use.

DAWN = Dawn is a 4 sessions, 6-hour early intervention group for youth that have not yet set a substance goal. The program is motivational in design. Youth are encouraged to reflect upon their present situation through exploring the impact of substance use on various areas of their lives.

SMART Recovery = a leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest research. This 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviours.

Positive Peer Group Interaction Meetings

Purpose is to promote communication between youth and staff to encourage their understanding and respect for individual differences and practice effective interpersonal conflict resolution.

Social Skills - Social Success

A series of Power Point programs based on the "Social Success for Teens Workbook". Includes activities which focus on recognizing ones unique strengths, understanding the unspoken rules behind how people relate to each other, inclusion of others thoughts and feelings and improving social skills.

Drug & Alcohol Education/Awareness

Opportunity for youth to participate in drug and alcohol awareness modules regardless of their level of sobriety or willingness to seek further counseling.

The Living Skills program will target areas of resident's needs. The program will aim to educate daily living skills that will help them be more successful upon reintegration. Some of the topic areas covered are: Coping with Loneliness, Job Skills - Resume Writing and Employment Search, Menu Planning Development on a Budget, Health and Hygiene, Transportation, Money Wise, Housekeeping, Goal Setting, Housing, Time Management and Finding Resources in your Community. The program model is modular, with some hands on work, interactive and engaging. There are opportunities for residents to do follow up work with their respective case management teams based on the skill set being taught and teh needs of the particular youth.

Promised upon The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association. Program content has been regulated to meet each client's recreational preferences, cognitive levels, socio-emotional needs, and development abilities. The purpose of the Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Program is to encourage clients to develop leisure interests, to provide leisure education, and recreational resource opportunities within 5 domains.

Youth are provided with opportunities to participate in various types of recreation and community outings or on site activities. These provide opportunity for the youth to demonstrate appropriate social behaviour and exhibit the social skills he has learned in real-life situation.

A cognitive behavioral system is an important component of the program.  Young persons’ completion of chores, programs and routines is monitored daily, and each young person’s level of success is recorded. This system provides the opportunity for young persons to earn basic privileges, as well as extra privileges. Moreover, young persons’ participation in regular household chores encourages respect for the property and their general living area.

With a competent and dedicated staff team of youth workers, and a cadre of volunteers, coupled with the ongoing development of all core programs, the young persons are given good opportunities to improve their lifestyles, and thereby to more easily integrate into society upon release from custody.   

YSB - Outreach Counseling Reintegration
YSB - Anger Management Counseling via Referral
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Youth
CST - via referral
Rideauwood Addiction Services - via referral
David Smith Youth Addiction Services - via referral
Leisure/Sport/Fitness Interest