About Art of Friendship
Art of Friendship is an eight-week Canadian Mental Health Association course. Meet new friends. Learn new skills. Make new community connections. Build self-confidence. Reduce loneliness and laugh more. Topics will include tolerance, healthy boundaries, values, trust, responsibility and commitment. It is particularly helpful for people who want to improve their quality of life by learning and practicing the skills needed to develop and keep healthy friendships through peer support and a focus on recovery.
“Empty-nesters”, older people entering retirement, and people new to Red Deer also report that this course has helped them improve their social lives.
Both daytime and evening courses are offered.
We charge a $25 materials fee per person but provide a minimum $5 per course fee for individuals with income barriers.
CMHA Red Deer donations and other funding sources make it possible to offset some of the costs of educational programming for people with limited incomes. We never refuse enrollment to people based on an ability to pay for the course and we will work with you to make the course affordable.
Attendance is limited to 8 to 12 participants. To register, please call our office at (403) 342-2266 and ask to speak to education program staff. It is very important that group members attend all eight sessions.
Session 1: Orientation to “Art of Friendship”
Session 2: Understanding Human Behaviour and Basic Needs
Session 3: Responsibility and Commitment
Session 4: Values and Integrity
Session 5: Boundaries
Session 6: Self-Disclosure and Trust
Session 7: Communications and Resolving Conflict
Session 8: Intimacy and Group Closure
CMHA Learning Annex
First Red Deer Place (ATB Building) Suite 404
Red Deer, Alberta