Programs are offered at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Quebec's three main locations: Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau. Some are offered in prison, others in the community.

Contact the nearest location to find out which programs are available.

To register for community programs in Montreal:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 5
  • Cell phone : 514.647.8826
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] elizabethfry.qc.ca (programmesmtl[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

To register for community programs in Quebec City:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 1
  • Cell phone : 581.984.8658
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] elizabethfry.qc.ca (cefq[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

To register for community programs in Gatineau:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 3
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] elizabethfry.qc.ca (cefo[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

Community programs are free of charge. They are offered in person or remotely.

Programs

To view the schedule for the community programs, click here.

Pour les séances en français, SVP consultez notre page Internet en français.

Anger Management

This program raises awareness about the benefits of anger management. It offers tools for learning to better communicate and to properly handle conflict situations. Offered in a group setting, it helps participants realize that they are not alone in experiencing such difficulties, and helps break down social isolation.

How it works:

  • An initial assessment interview
  • 6 workshops of 2,5 hours each during 6 weeks
  • Closed group of maximum 12 people 
  • An individual meeting at the end of the program
  • A participation certificate given during the last workshop
  • Offered in French only
  • Offered only to people who are in conflict with the law

Autonomous and Free

Autonomous and free is a tool for change and empowerment. It enables women to work in groups on emotional autonomy. A workbook is handed out at each workshop, with exercises and readings to take you further. Themes covered include: self-care, self-esteem, my body, my image, relationships, managing emotions, assertiveness, and the power of change.

How it works:

  • 8 workshops of 2,5 hours each during 8 weeks
  • Closed group of 6 to 10 people
  • Offered in French only
  • Available remotely or in person, depending on the group
  • Offered only to women who are in conflict with the law

Self-discovery

This program offers participants with an intermittent sentence at the Établissement Leclerc de Laval the chance to complete their sentence in the community while rediscovering their potential and strengths with the help of a community worker. The program aims to initiate a change while working on problem-solving, emotions, relationships and negative thoughts. Enrolment in this program increases the chances of obtaining a temporary absence after serving one sixth of the sentence and to complete the intermittent sentence in the community.

How it works:

  • 6 workshops of 3 hours each during 6 weeks
  • In groups
  • Offered in French only
  • Unjustified absences are not accepted
  • Offered in person
  • Offered only to women with intermittent incarceration sentences

Programs

Teams from our three locations offer these programs at the Établissement Leclerc de Laval (a provincial institution designated for women in Laval), at the women's sector of the Établissement de Hull (a provincial institution for men and women in Gatineau) and at the women's sector of the Établissement de détention de Québec (a provincial institution for men and women in Quebec City).

Contact the nearest location to find out about the available programs in detention.

Release Preparation

This program proposes to create a personal assessment regarding one's situation and to develop a personalized release plan to promote social reintegration and prevent recidivism.

Anger Management

This program raises awareness of how to manage emotions, particularly anger, and to develop conflict resolution tools.

Relapse Prevention

This program allows participants to analyze their situation regarding an addiction problem while identifying specific areas of vulnerability and to find new coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.

A Step Towards Autonomy

This program is designed to help develop one's emotional autonomy, understand the different forms of violence and to gain a better understanding of one's self.

Me First

This program proposes to analyze a lived relationship (family, love or friendship), to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship and to identify the traps, to recognize one's strengths and to discover the available resources.

Vis-à-vis

Offers individual psychosocial counseling to people in the regular, protection or solitary confinement sectors for specific needs.

Face to face

Offers individual psychosocial support to women suffering from mental health issues.

Time out

This program provides support for women returning to prison following a revocation of a parole or of a temporary absence, or following a suspended sentence.