Trauma care

Trauma Prevention

Early Intervention and 


BC Borstal
Where your history does not define you

The British Columbia Borstal Association is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that has been investing in community safety from a trauma-informed lens since 1948. We understand that trauma has a significant impact and the opportunity for prevention, intervention, and aftercare are imperative to support both individual and community wellness.



British Columbia Borstal Association works to improve community safety and wellness by providing root cause treatment, intervention, and prevention of trauma.


The purpose of the British Columbia Borstal Association is to reduce the impact of crime in our community through support of those individuals and variables that affect public safety.  We accomplish our purpose by providing both outpatient and residential programs that include access to safe residential care and support; a trauma-informed team; one-to-one counselling; education and training; trauma therapy; and referrals to specialized community resources.



  • To provide root cause treatment and program support

  • To operate from a trauma informed approach in all service

  • To provide safe, peaceful and stable residential service supporting client rehabilitation and reintegration 

  • To provide programs/services that support personal growth and development

  • That all people have the ability to lead a responsible and respectful lifestyle

  • All people have the potential to be productive citizens

  • That all clients are to be treated with dignity, fairness, respect and equality

  • A belief in restorative justice with measures that resolve conflict and help to build and restore relationships

  • To follow the guiding principles of trauma prevention, early intervention and aftercare


BC Borstal Association understands that adverse life experiences can be traumatic, but such experiences do not need to derail one's natural development, or place individuals or the community at risk.  Trauma is closely linked with mental health, addiction, stigma, negative and criminal behaviours, as well as many other challenges. We deliver a unique approach to root cause treatment: Prevention through education and training; Early Intervention when one faces abnormal challenges; and Aftercare for those who require skilled support to manage the impacts of these life experiences. We offer a client-centered approach, informed principles of: collaboration, transparency, empowerment, hope, respect, compassion, integrity, trust and care.


Traumatic events can shatter ones sense of safety and ability to cope. Without the appropriate support, individuals may engage in destructive behaviours. Our skilled team works closely with clients needs to allow healing and positive transformation.


Being at risk for trauma is a critical point for specialized intervention. Without effective intervention, the impact of trauma can have long lasting effects, potentially altering an individual’s mental, emotional, social and physical development.


Trauma underlies many mental health, addiction, negative behaviours and physical health issues. Prevention is key and requires education, training, and systemic change.

BCBA acknowledges that the land on which we provide our services is the ancestral unceeded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  

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