Transitioning Residential Adolescents and Children into the Community (TRACC) program assists youth and families through a continuum of services. The service is designed to treat adolescents with serious emotional and/or behavioural difficulties who are not yet able to be effectively served in the community. An emphasis is placed on parental involvement, community participation, and the development of relevant community-living skills. The treatment modality is DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) which focuses on teaching the adolescents skills in the four areas of: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.
TRACC includes three beds designated for adolescents referred from the Young Offender system. Serious habitual offenders, or youths who do not have an intact family system or who are not willing to support him/her, are not considered good treatment candidates. Additionally, the youth’s custody disposition must be of a sufficient duration to allow for a six-week assessment period and to allow for the setting of realistic treatment process.
Please note that although we attempt to counsel youths to make informed decisions with respect to leaving the program without permission, our status as an open custody placement does not permit us to physically stop a youth from leaving unless he/she is assessed as presenting imminent danger to themselves and/or others. Individual and group therapy are available to residents and are mandatory for most young offenders.
Please note: TRACC is accessed through Calgary Region Children’s Services.