The government has committed $3 million to support the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region’s expansion of its successful Recovery College model to more communities across the province.
“Recovery is a priority for our government. Albertans deserve the ability to access the recovery services they need to help them live healthy, productive lives. These recovery colleges provide important supports from people with real experiences that help support long-term recovery.”
Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
The funding is for additional recovery colleges in Wood Buffalo, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer. The Calgary, Edmonton and Wood Buffalo sites are open. The Lethbridge and Red Deer sites will open September 2019.
Recovery College courses are interactive and create positive learning experiences, emphasizing connection, hope and belonging. An emphasis is placed on an individual’s talents and strengths. Our courses inspire optimism, encourage students to consider future opportunities, and move people towards personal empowerment. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.
In order to prepare to launch Recovery College in September in Red Deer, over a dozen CMHA staff and peer volunteers have gone through intensive training and are preparing to facilitate six courses specific to our Recovery College. During the summer, we will be doing what we are calling a soft launch of all six programs during which time our new facilitators will work together to be ready for the fall.
- Art of Friendship: Strong friendships give us the power to be our true selves; when we have strong friendships, we feel respected and valued and we work hard to find ways to show our friends that we respect and value them. Strong friendships take work! This course will help you learn about yourself – what you say, the way you act, and how all of your actions can affect relationships with others. Focusing on these aspects, helps us gain confidence in our relationships and we will be more likely to achieve our friendship goals. We have offered Art of Friendship before, and in fact, you can register for an 8 week Art of Friendship course this summer here: https://reddeer.cmha.ca/events/art-of-friendship-7/
- Building Better Boundaries: Boundaries aren’t just for maps! Building better boundaries involves learning how to set boundaries, talking to others about your boundaries, and showing others you respect their boundaries. This course will help you build better boundaries, so you can feel happier and healthier.
- Shades of Disclosure: Sharing is tough! Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to share, or who to share with. Throughout this course you will learn how to be open, yet remain cautious about self-disclosure – leading to a practice of self-disclosure that makes you feel comfortable when interacting with others.
- Confront the Discomfort: Whether we like it or not, anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety can also get in the way of us enjoying life. In this course you will learn how to value, recognize, and react to important anxiety warning signs, and confront the discomfort in a positive and healthy way.
- Conversations that Matter: Sometimes it is hard to get a conversation started, and even harder to keep the conversation going! Throughout this course you will learn about communication tools which help create meaningful relationships and friendships.
- Road to Recovery: The road to recovery is not an easy path. It is a journey of reinventing how you think about yourself, your mental health or substance use, and your recovery can be a challenging one! Throughout this course you will explore how to think and act in ways that move you towards a more meaningful life.
Our always popular Living Life to the Full and Wellness Recovery Action Planning courses will also be part of Recovery College. To keep up with news about Recovery College join our mailing list. We will be adding our fall schedule onto the Recovery College Central Alberta website in the coming weeks.
Some people will take the classes because they have a specific mental health concern or diagnosis and they are hoping that our recovery and peer focus can add that something special they are missing. Other people will become part of Recovery College because they are on a personal journey to improve their emotional wellness in much the same way that people go to gyms or rec centres to improve their physical well-being.
Regardless of why someone takes a Recovery College Central Alberta course, you can expect to learn and grow in a compassionate and respectful environment while having fun with interesting people who might even become your good friends.
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