Recovery College Courses

Recovery College Courses

ART OF FRIENDSHIP Set personal recovery goals, meet new friends, learn new skills, including transition to your community. This is an interactive, psycho-educational learning workshop that helps build self-awareness, confidence and interpersonal skills through topics such as human behaviour, responsibility and commitment, boundaries, values, and trust, as well as dealing with conflict.

Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm | October 10 – November 28 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION – *This Tuesday session is for youth 16-24 years old.*
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm | October 18 – December 6 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 1pm-3pm | October 26 – December 14 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

ART OF RECOVERY Consists of a series of topics related to the changes that take place for us as we find our way back from a mental health concern. This course focuses on what would be helpful in your life journey. It will assist you with tools to look at who you are now, identify who you hope to become, and what you need to do. This will be done by finding and developing strategies that will help you accomplish that goal, and live your life beyond your mental health challenge.

Fridays, 10am-12pm | October 13 – November 24 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

ART OF RELATIONSHIPS The Art of Relationships is a journey of personal growth that strives to give family members and caregivers the tools to maintain healthy relationships in their personal life. Ensuring that your emotional needs as a caregiver are met is important, given that the Caregiver/Supporter role is frequently engaging in relationships with service providers, friends, and family members. This course delves into topics such as conflict resolution, understanding human behaviour, building trust, and improving communication.

For Family Members and Caregivers
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of the 8 week Caregiver Connections Course

Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm | October 17 – November 14 (5 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

BUILDING BETTER BOUNDARIES Upon completing this course, you will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of your current boundaries, identify the different boundary types and practice ways to enhance and/or create your own boundaries for a safer and healthier life.

Thursdays, 10am-1pm | November 16 – December 7 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

CAREGIVER CONNECTIONS: FINDING YOUR BALANCE Provides family members/friends/caregivers of those living with a mental health or addiction concern with a customized course to find balance, acceptance and hope. This course is open to all who are looking for support: a sibling, child, parent (of a youth or adult child), friend, a partner or grandparent.

The course focuses on the needs of those living with or caring for someone, who are often themselves left unattended to, are often left in the dark, perhaps feeling confused, frustrated, scared and even angry. Family members will learn to take care of themselves by finding their own balance, create a network of support, learn personal coping strategies, gain useful tools and strategies for supporting yourself in your own personal role as a caregiver.

For Family Members and Caregivers

Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm | October 12 – November 30 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 6pm-8:30pm | October 16 – December 11 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 6pm-8:30pm | October 24 – December 12 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

CAREGIVER CONNECTIONS (BITESIZE) This bite-sized course is targeted towards people supporting a loved one with a mental health or addiction concern. The course touches on topics most brought up by caregivers such as: maintaining your own wellness, relinquishing control and ownership, improving relations with your loved ones by seeing the positives, and setting limits. Although similar content is discussed in the 8 week course, the content is condensed to provide space for caregivers/supporters to connect and build your own capacity.

Mondays, 6pm-8pm | November 20 – December 4 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

HOUSE HUNTERS Have you struggled to maintain your housing in the past? Or maybe you want to move out of mom’s house? Do you need to find a roommate? Learn how to impress a landlord? Learn how to manage conflict with a roommate or land-lord, what the going rate for rent is, how to pay the bills, and how to find low-income housing. This is a 4 week rotating housing skills drop-in group. Each session also has an opportunity for you to meet a potential future roommate.

Drop-in course every Wednesday; no registration required

Wednesdays, 10am-12pm | MORE INFORMATION

LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL Want to know how to feel better right now? Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more, enjoy better relationships, help others. This course can also help anyone in periods of transition, whether it is getting ready to leave high school, preparing for retirement, or moving to a new community. They are for anyone dealing with stress, anxiety or just needing help in dealing with life’s challenges.

You will participate in group activities to help you practice different skills or strategies. The sessions are designed to help you identify problem areas and give you the tools and skills to make changes. Not necessarily big changes, but changes that will last as you learn what works for you through the course.

Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm | November 30 – December 21 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

POP CULTURE AND SOCIAL MEDIA This course will introduce youth to perspectives on popular culture, identity, and social media. Learners will learn about issues such as gender, mass media and creative expressions in popular culture and how it impacts recovery. Upon completing this course, you will be able see the media and pop culture you’re exposed to everyday from a recovery perspective. In-depth topics will include music, film, social media, television, gaming and advertising.

For youth 16-24 years old

Fridays, 10am-12pm | October 13 – December 1 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

SENSE OF BELONGING A course where you will think deeply about your personal identity and explore themes such as culture, spirituality, socioeconomic factors etc. and how these shape identity and how one sees themselves and others. In this course you will learn to reflect and move beyond your preconceived biases in an effort to better understand yourself and the people in your life. You will gain a variety of effective communication skills and gain a broader view towards inclusion and tolerance.

Mondays, 10am-12pm | October 16 – November 6 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP On completion of this course, learners will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of their current sleep routine, identify various ways to improve sleep, and create a more effective sleep plan for better health and energy.

Fridays, 1pm-3pm | November 10 – November 17 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

UNDERSTANDING HARM REDUCTION This course gives you a chance to begin to understand what harm reduction is, and how to implement this framework in your everyday life. It challenges you to examine your own biases and judgments to eventually work towards reserving possible judgment that you may feel toward yourself or those around you in order to participate in meaningful relationships.

Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm | November 8 – November 15 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

WELLNESS WEEKS The Wellness Weeks course provides an opportunity for students to learn and participate in different wellness activities to determine if they are effective for your everyday life. Benefits of ongoing connection and engagement in the activity will be discussed including evidence as to why it is effective as a long term strategy. Feel free to drop-in to participate and discuss other ideas to achieve or help maintain mental and physical wellness.

Drop-in course every Tuesday; no registration required

Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm | MORE INFORMATION

WELCOME WEDNESDAY’S Learn about CMHA and the Road to Recovery. This drop-in group will provide insight on the services provided at CMHA and an introduction about our recovery model. Fun activities and food included. This group is open to anyone connected or new to CMHA. No registration required, just drop-in. We can’t wait to meet you!

Drop-in course every Wednesday; no registration required

Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm | MORE INFORMATION