Communication for Success

When: Thursdays: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on a 4 week rotation starting: Sept 17th to Oct 8th, Oct 15th to Nov 5th and Nov 12th to Dec 3rd

Group Size: 6 people

Setting/Location: In-person, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 121/122

Group Description:

Communication for Success is a skills based group designed to enhance an individual’s communication. This course will allow participants to gain self-awareness with respect to communication, coping mechanisms and understanding of conflict and its purpose.

Practice of communication skills. Participants will engage in activities designed to promote strong communication skills, such as listening, assertiveness, paraphrasing, non-verbal communication, concise and organized messages and to enhance interpersonal interactions.

Gain understanding of what happens in one’s mind in communication, practice role playing techniques, so they can use those skills in real life.

Brainteasers Group

When: Tuesdays: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on a 6 week rotation starting: Sept 15th to Dec 1st

Group Size: 6-8 people

Setting/Location: In-person or virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 118

Group Description:

Brainteasers is a group that provides a social opportunity for its participants to engage in a number of games and activities designed to challenge their barriers to developing social skills in a relaxed and thought provoking environment. This is not a cognitive remediation group, but provides the opportunity to explore a range of activities for problem solving, leisure and enjoyment. Socializing by means of group leisure activities develops mental health skills of team building, social inclusion, increased confidence in social skills, intercommunication skills, and relationship/friendship building.

Pottery Workshop

When: Tuesdays: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for 6 consecutive weeks starting: Oct 13th to Nov 17th

Group Size: 10-12 people

Setting/Location: In-person or virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Upstairs in the Bridge Center, Room 210/211

Group Description:

The pottery workshop is a group that provides participants with all the tools, material and instruction needed to create a finished ceramic project over the span of 6 weeks. This program aims to provide participants with the opportunity to engage socially with other like-minded individuals while learning a new skill. This is not an art therapy group, but does provide the opportunity to take part in a tactile and soothing art process, explore themes related to mental health and recovery and share a new experience with peers while in a supported and safe environment.

Introduction to Mindfulness

When: Wednesdays: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for 6 consecutive weeks starting: Sept 16th to Oct 21st and Oct 28th to Dec 9th

Group Size: 8-10 people

Setting/Location: In-person or virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 118

Group Description:  

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mind-body based practice that helps people manage their thoughts and feelings. When we’re mindful we reduce stress by gaining insight and awareness of our mind’s destructive behaviors. Mindfulness will increase our compassion to each other and improve our relationships. In this 6 week course students learn techniques like meditation, breathing and mindful movement to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Students will learn basic techniques that can be put into practice in everyday life. This group serves as a prerequisite for the GROW 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress reduction course.

Music Appreciation – Confidence Building Series

When: Mondays: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a 4 week rotation starting: Sept 14th to Oct 5th, Oct 19th to Nov 9th and Nov 16th to Dec 7th

Group Size: 6-10 people

Setting/Location: In-person or virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 210/211

Group Description:

Music has a way of connecting people. The Music Appreciation – Confidence Building Series will utilize the joy and connection through music and combine it with evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles. This series will encourage individuals to challenge themselves in a supported and social environment. Each week participants will share music through different activities and topics to expand their comfort zone.

Upon completion of this series, participants will have had positive experiences taking risks and more confidence in sharing their ideas within a group.

CBT for Depression

When: Fridays: 10:00 am to 11:30 am for 8 consecutive weeks starting: Oct 23rd to Dec 11th

Group Size: 6-10 people

Setting/Location: In-person, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 210/211

Group Description:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps us respond to our day to day life in more helpful ways.

Our 8 week workshop follows the Changeways Clinic Core Program, an evidence-based program designed to support individuals with Depression to learn basic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills. The program provides problem-solving and lifestyle management skills for people who are limited by their depression and/or anxiety.

The potential outcomes of this set of workshops include: improved mood and anxiety, more awareness of our thoughts, and skills to promote healthy lifestyle practices.

Community Yoga with Nyk

When: Tuesdays: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for 10 consecutive weeks starting: Sept 15th to Nov 17th  

Group Size: 6-13 people

Setting/Location: In-person, Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave

Group Description:

This community yoga class, taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, will replicate a community experience with the support and familiarity of Grow staff and participants. Nyk Danu, Therapeutic Yoga teacher, will help you to build confidence and offer some additional support in the transition to other existing community classes. She will teach Yin Yang yoga – a grounding and centering practice with basic movements to gently warm the body and increase circulation. If you benefited from Grow’s yoga in the past, this group will be a great next step to continue the practice and venture into the community. Beginners are welcome too!

Art Studio

When: Thursdays: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for 6 and 6 week series starting: Sept 17th to Oct 22nd and Oct 29th to Dec 3rd

Group Size: 8 people

Setting/Location: In-person, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 121/122

Group Description:

Enjoy a 6 week commitment to practicing your art or just connecting with your creative side in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Our Art Studio time is designed to connect and involve our clients with their own recovery goals. Participants can become more outgoing at their own pace and make connections with others. Art Studio time can also provide structure to the day – clients can get out of the house because they enjoy creating and know someone cares when they don’t come. The warm and caring studio setting becomes familiar with participants over the 6 weeks which can assist with goals of reducing anxiety, building confidence and provides a sense of accomplishment.

Upon completion of the series, participants will work with their Recovery Coach to connect with similar programs in the wider community to continue their own self practice of connecting with others and building structure for ongoing wellness and leisure pursuits.

Books & Banter

When: Fridays: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for 5 consecutive weeks starting: Oct 30th to Nov 27th

Group Size: 10 people

Setting/Location: Virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Upstairs in the Bridge Center, Room 210/211

Group Description:

This book club will be held either in person and/ or on Zoom, ensuring a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to practice sharing and interacting with others on various topics that come up that relate to the book. The practice of connecting in a group can build trust in ourselves and others, as well as broaden our interests and appreciation of different points of view. Of course, reading can also help with creativity, memory, sleep and a host of other benefits.

Upon completion of the series, participants will be encouraged to continue the practice of reading for leisure and wellness, perhaps with each other or in similar groups in the community and/ or online.

Be Vulnerable

When: Fridays: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for 5 consecutive weeks starting: Sept 25th to Oct 23rd

Group Size: 6-8 people

Setting/Location: In-person, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 118

Group Description:

Whether you are building on skills learned in our Books & Banter Club, or you are just looking to continue to grow your self-awareness and insights, this in-person group meets once a week to talk about what it means to be vulnerable. We will examine Brene Brown’s research into vulnerability and why it may be a hidden superpower.

This group will be limited to 6 participants to ensure a safe and confidential space to explore and share on the topic of vulnerability and how it relates to our own personal lives and experiences. It will also provide participants the opportunity to connect with others, build trust, confidence and accountability. Some journaling exercises will be involved to maximize our journey through the book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, by Brene Brown.

Adult Upgrading Camosun College

When: Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm starting: Sept 9th to Dec 11th

Group Size: 15 people

Setting/Location: In-person or virtual, Island Community Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Room 118

Group Description:

Education can set you on the right path for your future. Learning leads to success in many areas of life. 

You may want to finish your high school diploma or improve your Math and English skills before starting a program at college. Or perhaps you would like to improve your general literacy skills just for the enjoyment of learning. 

Whatever your goals, adult upgrading is a good option.

You can upgrade your Math and/or English in a safe supportive environment; an instructor from Camosun College comes to ICMH to teach adult upgrading courses, grade 8 to 12 English and Math.

  • Upgrading courses are tuition free
  • Upgrading is for all ages, if you’ve been out of school for 10-20 years upgrading is a good choice
  • Not sure where to start? You can take an assessment to determine your starting course
  • If you have a learning disability, the instructor will ensure you achieve your learning goals
  • A friendly caring learning experience is provided
  • The instructor is committed to your success by offering customized upgrading to meet your individual needs
  • Courses are in a self-paced format, allowing you to study at your own pace

Upon completion of an upgrading course, you may decide to continue with upgrading or apply to a college program.

Please note: Dates and setting/location of groups are subject to change.