Recovery College Courses

Recovery College Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTION
DROP-IN COURSES – NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
TREAT YOURSELF TUESDAY’S Treat Yourself Tuesday’s allows anyone to drop by to learn and participate in different wellness activities as options to practice wellness in your everyday life. Benefits of ongoing connection and engagement in activities 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 at CMHA Welcome Space; no registration required

Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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 at CMHA Welcome Space; no registration required

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | STARTS JANUARY 13 

COURSES FOR INDIVIDUALS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP Do you have trouble getting off to sleep at night? Do you wake up early in the morning? Spend the night tossing and turning? The aim of this workshop is to help you improve your understanding of sleep and ways of dealing with sleep problems. You will cover the effectiveness of your current sleep routine, identify various ways to improve sleep, and discover ways of overcoming sleep problems.

Mondays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | January 15 – 22 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | February 6 – 13 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | March 5 – 12 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

ART OF FRIENDSHIP Healthy relationships are essential for a happy and stable life. To have a good relationship, or to improve an existing one, requires us to use tools and skills that enable us to understand communication styles and perspectives. In this course you will learn about these skills and gain insight into why people may misunderstand us or respond the way they do. Explore ways to move forward in the direction that you choose, as well as look at ways of keeping safe and how to get the most out of relationships. Overall you will have an opportunity to set your personal recovery goals, meet new friends, learn new skills and gain the confidence to fully live life in your community.

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 12 – March 2 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 17 – March 7 (8 sessions) | For 16 – 24 Year Olds | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 17 – March 7 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | January 23 – March 13 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | March 5 – April 30 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | April 3 – May 22 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | April 10 – May 29 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | April 12 – May 31 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

BUILDING BETTER BOUNDARIES Many things impact on our recovery and mental wellbeing and one area is our social interactions. Developing meaningful relationships has a positive effect on our wellbeing and making sure these are positive is very important. This course looks at the basis for positive relationships, how we know when we are being treated with respect, respecting others and how to establish acceptable 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.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | January 17 – February 7 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | January 25 – February 15 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | February 27 – March 20 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | March 15 – April 5 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER Do you have trouble starting conversations? Do you quickly run out of things to say? Or maybe people have told you that you talk too much or too loud? Communication can be hard, and it can cause us problems when we want to make friends. Learn how to get better at connecting with other people by building your conversation skills!

Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | February 26 – March 19 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

DIVE INTO DIVERSITY A course where you will think deeply about your personal identity and explore themes such as culture, spirituality, socioeconomic factors and race, and how these shape your identity and how we see ourselves 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 broader view towards inclusion and tolerance, highlight the resiliency gained and needed when experiencing these challenges, and how to authentically express our true selves along our recovery journey.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 16 – February 6 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | January 22 – February 12 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | March 2 – 23 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | March 6 – 27 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | April 25 – May 16 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

FOOD AND MOOD Everything that goes into your body has the potential to affect your mood. This course will help you to identify foods that nourish your body and soul. We will develop an understanding about nutrition, good health and energy, and explore how we can best achieve optimal health and wellbeing. This course will offer some tools to increase your energy levels, add nutrients that can support more positive daily moods and improve your overall wellbeing.

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 26 – February 2 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | March 5 – March 12 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | April 12 – April 19 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

IMAGINE: DREAM STATE YOUR FUTURE This workshop, offered three times a year during common times of reflection, transition and growth (New Year, Spring and Autumn) is open to anyone looking to pause and evaluate their emotions, dream about their future, find solutions and gear up for change. You will use two forms of visualization (the mind map and the vision board) to get your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto paper. It has been said that where focus goes, energy flows. This is an opportunity to focus on what you want and to visualize it into your life!

Monday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | January 15 (1 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

MONEY BASICS Financial Wellness is an integral part of overall wellness, so we partnered with the Further Education Society of Alberta to bring you Money Basics, a course where you will take the first steps in basic financial literacy and develop an understanding of your relationship with money. This course is open to all that are interested in improving their financial wellness by learning money and borrowing basics, exploring their feelings about money, learning how to communicate around it in a healthy way, identifying financial goals, using budgets to work toward them and more! This course is offered in partnership with the Further Education Society of Alberta.

Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 22 – February 12 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | April 10 – May 1 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

MOVING ON AND MOVING OUT 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 landlord, what the going rate for rent is, how to pay the bills, and how to find low-income housing.

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 10 – 31 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | March 1 – 22 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | April 9 – 30 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

ROAD TO 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.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 23 – March 6 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | February 13 – March 27 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | April 10 – May 29 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | April 16 – June 4 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | April 19 – June 7 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | April 24 – June 5 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | June 13 – July 25 (7 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

SPOKEN WORD From the beginning of time, poetry has been used as a tool for expressing our deepest emotions. Using poetry as a way to be heard can be incredibly empowering in our recovery journeys. This course will help you discover and strengthen your voice through a range of poetic devices. You will learn skills in public speaking, rhythm, visual representation, rhyme, and word choice. This course is open to anyone who has a general interest in poetry, writing and self-expression.

Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | January 18 – February 8 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | February 15 – March 8 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | April 13 – May 4 (4 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.

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 22 – 29 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | February 13 – 20 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | March 13 – 20 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | April 11 – 18 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

CAREGIVER COURSES – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
CAREGIVER CONNECTIONS: FINDING YOUR BALANCE Are you supporting a loved one with a mental health or addiction concern? Do you feel unsupported? Left in the dark? Perhaps feel confused, frustrated, scared or even angry?

The course focuses on the needs of those living with or caring for someone, who are often themselves left unattended to. You will learn to take care of yourself by finding your own balance, create a network of support, learn personal coping strategies, gain useful tools and strategies for supporting yourself in your own role as a caregiver. Most importantly, it has been customized to help you as a caregiver 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.

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | January 17 – March 7 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | January 25 – March 15 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | March 5 – April 30 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | April 4 – May 23 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | April 12 – May 31 (8 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

CAREGIVER REFLECTIONS Are you supporting a loved one with a mental health or addiction concern? Unsure which course to take? This bite-sized 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. This course is a condensed version of our 8 week Caregiver Connections course and has a greater emphasis on providing space for caregivers to connect with others and build your own capacity. Caregivers seeking more in-depth discussion, tools and strategies are encouraged to attend Caregiver Connections.

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | November 20 – December 4 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 15 – 29 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | April 25 – May 9 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

LITERACY AND PARENTING SKILLS Parenting doesn’t come with a manual and can be extremely tricky! If you are a parent who is looking to expand your toolbox in relation to your parenting skills, then this course is for you. The course will provide you with an opportunity to better understand the impact of parenting on the mental health of their child(ren).This course is offered in partnership with the Further Education Society of Alberta.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO PARENTS/CAREGIVERS WITH CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16. 

Mondays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | January 22 – February 12 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | May 18 – June 8 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

LITERACY AND PARENTING SKILLS FOR ESL LEARNERS This course assists with a variety of parenting strategies as well as literacy development. In this course you will gain skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The topics covered in this course include listening to your child, building self-esteem, nutrition and safety. Along with learning a variety of parenting skills, you will learn ways to help your child’s literacy development through a range of activities. This course is taught from an ESL based framework and is open to lower levels of English speakers as well as intermediate speakers. This course is offered in partnership with the Further Education Society of Alberta.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO PARENTS/CAREGIVERS WITH CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16.

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 18 – February 1 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | May 14 – June 4 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | May 23 – June 6 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

PARENTING AFTER VIOLENCE After experiencing a violent situation it can be extremely challenging to navigate the tricky waters of parenting. This course has been designed specifically to support parents who have left abusive situation and want support with family literacy. This course is delivered with a trauma-informed lens, ensuring that you are able to feel safe and secure throughout the course. This course is offered in partnership with the Further Education Society of Alberta.

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | April 9 – May 14 (6 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

RELATIONSHIP REFELCTIONS Relationship Reflections is a journey of personal growth that strives to give you as a family member or caregiver, the tools to maintain healthy relationships in your personal life. Ensuring that your emotional needs as a caregiver are met is important, given that the caregiver 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, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | May 15 – June 5 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT COURSES (16 – 24 YEARS OLD) – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
ADULTING 101 Are you aged between 16 and 24? Are you interested in learning more about life skills typically associated with adults. Often, we are not informed in school how to navigate the world in regards to things like finances, accessing health care, dating and relationships, balancing work and play, partying and staying safe, managing the day to day, and the search for meaningful work in the current workforce. This course will provide an opportunity for you to discuss these topics with each other and to learn how to navigate the tricky and often overwhelming world of adulthood.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 24 – February 14 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | March 7 – 28 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | April 3 – 24 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

FIND YOUR VOICE This course is targeted towards those aged 16 – 24, who are seeking strategies to feel heard in their personal relationships and the relationships that they have with professionals. The goal is for students to feel that their voice matters, and to tap into various tools to ensure that they are in the driver’s seat of their own lives.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | February 13 – 20 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | April 20 – 27 (2 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

HOPES AND DREAMS This Hopes and Dreams course is targeted towards youth aged 16-24 who are looking to figure out what they want to do and what the future could hold. In this course we focus on looking forward, beginning to see a path, a future, and establishing a path to try to achieve the goals set. Included in this course is learning about our own values and priorities to determine what is driving the goals we set. We encourage students to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards themselves and to view their goals as valid and achievable.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 30 – February 13 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | May 17 – 31 (3 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

MAKING SPACE FOR ME Making space for me is a course for people aged 16-24 who are family members/friends/caregivers of those living with a mental health or addiction concern. As a young adult living with, or supporting someone, it can often be hard to find balance and your needs might end up on the back burner. As a Youth Supporter in this class, you will learn to understand your emotions, take care of yourself in this process, understand your supports, learn personal coping strategies and be reminded to continue to focus on pursuing your own dreams and ambitions, all through an interactive workshop style.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | June 12 – July 3 (4 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

MANAGING YOUR INNER CRITIC This course will give you an opportunity to explore how you currently view yourself, you interactions and behaviours to determine if you’re finding your balance and are practice self-compassion. This activity-based course will invite you to participate in changing the way that you view yourself, and build strategies to challenge negative thoughts.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | January 17 – 24 (2 session) | MORE INFORMATION
Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | March 5 – 12 (2 session) | MORE INFORMATION

NAVIGATING THE IMPACT OF POP CULTURE AND SOCIAL MEDIA Targeted to youth aged between 16 and 24, this course will introduce you to perspectives on popular culture, identity, and social media. You will learn about issues such as gender, mass media and creative expressions in popular culture and how it can have an impact on our recovery in both positive and negative ways. 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.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | January 18 – February 22 (6 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | May 30 – July 4 (6 sessions) | MORE INFORMATION

SELF-CARE STARTER PACK Are you 16-24? Are you looking for practical strategies to help you stay well? Included in this course are some strategies on how to build self-esteem and maintain healthy boundaries in your relationships and everyday life.

THIS PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO YOUTH AGED 16 – 24.

Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | January 17 (1 session) | MORE INFORMATION
Monday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | February 26 (1 session) | MORE INFORMATION
Tuesday, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | March 20 (1 session) | MORE INFORMATION