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The process for healing shall be employed as a pilot project in Canada. In part, this process will follow the directions from the report from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, “In Focus: Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development.” (October 2001) http://www.calib.com/nccanch/pubs/focus/earlybrain.cfm and Martin H. Teicher’s “Scars That Won’t Heal: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse.” Scientific American Magazine (March 2002). A reference to the article may be found here:


This process will, in part, follow the directions from the report of the Law Commission of Canada entitled “Restoring Dignity – Responding to Child Abuse in Canadian Institutions.”


Certain principles for the redress process were identified in the Law Commission’s report. First, sufficient record information during the course of redress so that informed decisions could be made. Secondly, counseling and support throughout the process by those who conduct and manage the process be properly legally trained and able to understand the particular circumstances of the survivors. Finally, that the process should not cause further harm to the survivors and that the process must acknowledge that confronting a painful, even traumatic, past is far from easy.

In an attempt to address the concerns mentioned above, this proposal will include provisions for full disclosure of client records to clients provided by all previous caregivers from the various religious and government institutions pursuant to disclosure of that would be provided in full compliance with the applicable rules of court in the client’s residential jurisdiction.

Also provided for in this proposal is an independent, third-party, psychologist to conduct profile assessments for the commencement and conclusion of the therapeutic program. This psychologist shall: be recognized by the provincial or state court system; be recognized by the relevant provincial or state board of examiners in psychology; be legally trained; and possess all of the resources and processes in place to conduct proper profile assessments.

Therapeutic Program Overview
  • One year-long residential program for high-need clients
  • Two year-long programs, where a trained, qualified facilitator will facilitate a program for clients already situated in high-functioning environments
  • Holistic approach (spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and cultural)
  • Client profile assessments (record disclosure, etc.)
  • Staff screening assessments (to be structured by the screening personnel)
  • Safe environment (To ensure clients are able to fully release secrets that may plague them, information revealed in group and individual client discussions will not be permitted to leave the grounds.)
  • Clearing
  • Rebirthing
  • Energy/ REIKI
  • Group facilitated setting (consisting of no more than 12 clients)
  • One staff per two clients
  • Nutritional plans
  • Human resource development program ( also daytime programming available for clients who do not have HRDP needs)
  • Self dialogue
  • Interfacing learned behaviour with self discipline
  • Family members and other support persons may be present at the clients' option
  • Exercise (yoga, meditation, etc.)
  • Gender wars( mediation/perpetrator wars) - non-violent
  • Medical staff (Registered Nurses)
  • 24-hour counselling support services
  • Concluding assessments (This is where you were when you came, and this is where you are now; outline of psychological maintenance, including ongoing group support after the therapeutic program.)
Clients will have the option to destroy all their records after the program is concluded, or may choose to have a story produced on film..

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