PWR Health Services is a leading edge health care provider in the field of forensic psychotherapy and mental health in Canada. PWR's Program for changing behaviours is developed to address the needs of individuals who have been charged and are going through the legal process. The principles of our program are based in neuropsychology, evidence-based practices, patients’ needs and responsiveness, and professional experience.
PWR focuses on what we call High Risk Behaviours. A High Risk Behaviour, as defined by our program, is any behaviour that gets you in trouble with the law. Examples of high risk behaviours that PWR can address include driving while intoxicated, fraud, gambling, viewing child pornography, assault, luring, violence, harassment, impulsivity, addiction, sexual offending, and others.
The good news is that behaviours can be changed. PWR can teach you how to achieve the changes you want and support you towards your goals for health and balance.To be successful in changing a behavior, one needs both the motivation and the abilities. The motivation for change is created by the justice system. PWR's program provides you with the abilities to change.THE MECHANISM OF CHANGE: NEUROPLASTICITY
The images above show that the brain is made out of neural networks. These are actual images of the human brain. They were made available to us courtesy of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Consortium of the Human Connectome Project (see Human Connectome Project). The Human Connectome Project is a five-year project sponsored by sixteen components of the National Institutes of Health, split between two consortia of research institutions. Funding for the Harvard/MGH-UCLA consortium is provided through the grant award UO1-MH93765. To read an overview of the consortia, see the NIH Blueprint Human Connectome.
PWR helps you learn tools and skills to develop the abilities to change and create new neural networks.The work of psychotherapy is to work to strengthen the new neural networks and weaken the old neural networks which caused the offending behaviours. However, the old neural networks remain, which is why we say: Behaviours are never cured, but they can be managed.
The program integrates the most recent research in neuroscience with evidence-based clinical therapy. These include breakthrough findings in neuroplasticity – the attribute that the brain can change, and thus, behaviours can change. Also included are: attachment theory, understanding the autonomic nervous system, mind body integration, understanding trauma, and abnormal functioning of the brain.
If you are an individual who has recently been charged and is looking for help, our program may be for you. If you are a friend or family member who knows someone who may benefit from our brain-based approach for managing high risk behaviours, our program needs to be considered. If you are a lawyer who has a client who has recently been charged for high risk behaviours, this may be the program you are seeking for your client. If you are a probation or parole officer looking for treatment for your client, we have over sixteen years of experience in partnering with the correctional system to optimize success and reduce recidivism.