To the 2016-2017 Annual Report of the British Columbia Borstal Association


BC Trauma Care

Provides skilled therapeutic and trauma

specific support to any community member.  

We operate in schools with at risk Youth,

with first responders, individuals looking to

exit organized crime, working professionals,

young families, and the list goes on.  If you

are at risk or experiencing a traumatic

response, the British Columbia Borstal

Association is here to help.


Surviving Through the Hurricane: The Impact of Childhood Trauma

 “…abuse in childhood appears to be one of the main factors that lead a person to seek psychiatric treatment as an adult.” 
― Judith HermanTrauma and Recovery:
The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
, 1997

Research states that early exposure to traumatic events has a clear connection to mental illness later in life[1]. Given that over 30% of Canadian adults report having experienced some form of abuse before the age of 16[2], we have reason to be concerned. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one example of how someone may adapt in the wake of a traumatic event, but there are many possible adaptations, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, dissociation, rage, or substance misuse.  When the exposure to trauma becomes chronic or repeated, the outcome becomes increasingly severe.  

A traumatic event is inherently horrifying, shocking, and typically leaves an individual feeling helpless and afraid. Following a traumatic event, ... read more

Sara Lewis, Clinical Trauma Counselor

Lead Clinical Counselor, Suman Hothi, says... It’s Time

BC Borstal Association is historically known for providing support to male ex-offenders, since 1948.  With a rewarding history and impeccable achievements, this organization continues to it's progressive stance on crime prevention by creating the first ever trauma care program, being BC Trauma Care. BC Trauma Care focuses on 3 main pillars: providing trauma prevention, early intervention, prevention and aftercare to those who have faced trauma and/or may be at risk to traumatic exposure.  While preventing trauma entirely may be a laudable and lofty goal,

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Suman Hothi, Lead Clinical Trauma Counselor