Healing and Recovery Components

Valley Hill Youth Treatment Centre (VHYTC) offers a unique treatment experience for youth ages 12 – 17 with alcohol and drug misuse issues and challenges.  The Healing and Recovery program consists of substance misuse education, group and individual counselling, family education and support, educational services, recreation and relapse prevention and an individualized comprehensive Healing and Recovery Journey, and Continuing Care planning,

This is a Participant-centered approach, where the Participant is involved in the Healing and Recovery plan, which will include six [6] phases to begin the Healing and Recovery Journey from the challenges of the alcohol and drug misuse.

At VHYTC, we recognize that the amount of time a Participant spends with us is too short so we provide Participants with as many tools as possible including:

  • Competency Based Programming
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psych-Educational Programming
  • Social Skills Training
  • Aboriginal Teachings and Healing Practices
  • Trans-Theoretical Model of Change
  • Sober Fun Therapeutic Recreational Activities
  • Accessibility to Self-Help Programming  (i.e.: AA, NA., and Alateen)
  • Physical and Substance Abuse Evaluation and Healing Recommendations
  • Individual Therapy Sessions
  • Daily Process Groups
  • Six Phase Group Evaluation (to present and get feedback on Phase Work)
  • Modular Learning
  • Family Visits
  • Relapse Prevention and Continuing Care Planning
  • Goal setting [ 6wwek Healing and Recovery goals and the overall Healing and Recovery Journey Plan]
  • Participant modular evaluation [Participant input on personal learning]
  • Weekly break-away (Same Sex Group)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Behavioural Modification – Comprehensive Healing Plan


a typical day at vhytc…


The days at VHYTC are filled with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.  Following a healthy breakfast, each morning begins with our morning “check-in” meeting that describes the activities of the day.

The setting at VHYTC is peaceful and calm, creating an environment where our employees and Participants can fully commit to the work of Healing and Recovery.

A typical day at VHYTC consists of many of the following components:

  • Wake up
  • Breakfast
  • Cultural activity [Smudging elder visits, sweat lodge ceremonies etc.]
  • Circle check
  • Break
  • Education (classroom) sessions
  • Break
  • Lunch
  • Chores
  • Modular learning
  • Break
  • Cultural or recreation activity
  • Supper
  • Chores
  • Recreation activity
  • Spiritual activity
  • Modular learning
  • Group process
  • Individual therapy
  • Sober recreation fun activities
  • On-site and outside self-Help [AA/NA]support group meeting [once a week for both]
  • Nutritious meals
  • Creative craft activities or board games
  • Process group
  • Breakaway group (weekly)
  • Individual reflection time
  • Individual journaling




In the evenings, Participants will attend self-help, support group meetings, such as AA, NA, or Alateen, attend to personal reflection,  participate in a recreation outing Included in the evening are relaxation and meditation exercises to help the Participants learn to relax and actually relax.  The days end with evening closure groups that provide a summary of the day and words of encouragement to begin again tomorrow.




On the weekends, the Participants attend to modular learning activities, participate in recreational outings [including a Sweat Lodge once a month or church services.  There is a movie night [G-rated] each week to allow the Participants to laugh and have a relaxed discussion about the movie [normalization].  Family visitations are scheduled on Saturday (1-4 pm) and family telephone calls nightly between (6-8 pm).

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