Each day has a different course to support mental health at Recovery College

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Relatively new to the Grande Prairie area, Recovery College is pleased to offer a wide variety of courses for mental health support. The courses offered by Recovery College focus on helping people develop ingenuity and awareness. This, in turn, allows people to be better equipped to balance the different aspects of their lives. Recovery College offers a different course each weekday and is held digitally due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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Recovery College courses are facilitated by a diverse group of facilitators who resonate with many different communities, including people with diverse ethnicities, ages, orientations, 2SLGBTQIA +, and mental health experiences. Each course is double facilitated with a recovery facilitator and a peer support facilitator. There will always be two facilitators leading the course so that there are more opportunities for the people taking the course to find similarities between their stories and one of the facilitators.

As Recovery College is currently a digital service, they are available to serve a wider area than just within the Grande Prairie city limits.

Mondays at Recovery College begin with “Namaste Café”. Namaste Café takes place three days a week. On Mondays and Fridays, this chat coffee takes place from 9:30 a.m. M. At 10:30 a. On Wednesdays, “Namaste Café” takes place from 5:30 pm. M. At 6:30 p. M.

“Namaste Cafe is our most informal course. I’d say it’s really meant to be a guided conversation on mental health topics, ”said Shelby Bartsch, Recovery College peer / recovery facilitator. “So people come in and check on how their day is going.”

Bartsch explained that they do grounding pieces during “Namaste Café” and that the whole issue surrounding it is improving mental health.

“So our themes are personal care or connection during COVID. And we really try to take a practical, informal conversational approach to these, ”Bartsch said.


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Bartsch added that “Namaste Café” is guided by the participants who attend the course and that the facilitators are there to guide the conversation.

“Because we talk about mental health, people automatically think, ‘Oh, I have to have a diagnosed mental illness to attend and that’s not what it is,” Bartsch said. “You know, you certainly can and you’re welcome. But it really is that recovery for everyone’s mental health, for everyone. And Namaste Cafe is a beautiful example of that. “

Bartsch added that “Namaste Café” participants come from all walks of life and that the course is available for mental health support to all who need it.

The “Art of Friendship” course also takes place on Mondays and is a nine-session course. This course runs from 1 pm to 2 pm This course focuses on building and maintaining healthy relationships.

“We cover a lot of things like boundaries, connection, communication, conflict,” Bartsch said. “Really all it takes to keep those relationships healthy.”

The “Caring for the Caregiver” course takes place Tuesdays through Recovery College, and runs from 10 am to 11 am. This course focuses on caring for the caregiver.

“So, it’s about managing stress, having fun with your emotional well-being, and it’s just a well-deserved break for the caregiver,” said Angelica Califas, Recovery Facilitator / Fellows at Recovery College.

The Wednesday courses at Recovery College include a course on anxiety management called “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Califas explained that this course revolves around the recognition and recognition of the warning signs of anxiety. This course is taught from 10 am to 11 am


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“We tried to give some strategies and real life examples of how to handle things,” Califas said.

The Road to Recovery course also takes place on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm and focuses on providing a safe place to discuss addiction strategies and to have open conversations and connections regarding recovery.

Signing up for any of these courses is simple and can be done online through the Recovery College website. Those interested in signing up for a course are encouraged to visit www.recoverycollegegrandeprairie.ca . Recovery College Facebook is regularly updated with information about upcoming classes and the addition of new ones.



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