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The Butch Collins Residence is an open custody and detention facility funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Youth Justice Division.  Youth who are in conflict with the law between the ages of 12-17 at the time of the offence, are admitted to the program as a result of an open custody disposition or a remand order rendered by a Youth Court Judge. During a youth’s stay at Butch Collins, youth are supervised by a highly skilled team of youth workers who build positive relationships and deliver a wide range of group and individual programming. Youth are provided a holistic therapeutic experience by meeting their individual needs.
Learn more about the variety of individual and group programming.
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Counselling
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Recreation
  • Life Skills
  • Re-Integration Worker
Contact Information 
Kristin Durham
Program Manager
Open Custody and Detention
(519) 971 0973 ext. 215
New Beginnings I 
This is an onsite structured section 23 classroom servicing custody and detention youth allowing continued progress towards credit attainment.  Youth who have short stays, participate in Ministry provided modules relating to life and employable skills.  
Clinical Social Work 
The social work program provides one to one clinical assessments and interventions to meet the unique treatment needs of youth justice clients.  The Clinical Social Worker attends to the mental health needs of the individual youth, and provides services to understand and support a range of youth and familial needs.
Substance Abuse Counselling 
Upon intake, a Certified Chemical Dependency Counsellor completes a comprehensive clinical assessment using evidence based tools allowing for recommendations. Treatment needs/options will be discussed with the client and their family to develop a treatment plan and goals . Program material will then be covered ensuring that the program is tailored to the client's individual needs based on a harm reduction framework.
Moral Reconation Therapy is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in youth. Youth are confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effect that it has had on their family, friends and community. The primary objective of the MRT program is to improve youth decision making skills through critical self-reflective exercises aimed at influencing moral actions towards others.
Anger Management 
Is a cognitive behavioural based program aimed at teaching new ways of understanding anger to facilitate more healthy responses to emotions. The objective of the program is to help youth deal with anger by learning about various emotions and methods/strategies to cope and practice healthy responses to anger.
Art Therapy 
Is offered as a mental health promotion service in a clinical setting.  It provides a creative forum for the expression of life challenges and triumphs.  Selection of materials and interventions are interwoven with therapeutic elements aimed at enhancing the physical, mental and social-emotional wellbeing of youth.
Music Therapy
Music is used as tool for positive self-expression, exploration, and stress/anxiety. Sessions are focused on developing positive behaviour patterns, coping, communication and social skills.
The traditions art of body, mind and fitness is used with youth through a serious of gentle exercises, breathing techniques and meditation aimed at increasing physical and emotional health.
On site amenities include a fully equipped gymnasium and weight room.
Life Skills
Program teaches general kitchen safety and youth participate in cooking/eating a healthy meal as a group. This program covers a wide range of skills to meet youths' current and future needs such as: healthy living, hygiene and nutrition; manners, body language and attitude; emotional health; conflict resolution; leadership and self-esteem.
Detention Re-integration Worker
Is instrumental in providing focused post-discharge plan and support system for all detention youth.  This includes creating an individualized plan of care with the focus on primary risk factors.  The worker identifies specific needs such as independent living, employment, education and any other related recommendations for referral for support services. Follow up services are provided.
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