Proposed Groups for 2021!!!

Please contact your Recovery Coach or the Program Manager James Kerr 

Regarding Interest, Registration Info or other questions 

Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety protocols our “Support Groups” are often changing. 

james.kerr@icmha.ca 

Current Virtual Groups

Community Yoga with Nyk

When: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM commencing February 16 for 12 consecutive weeks (ends May 4).

Group Size: 12 participants maximum.

Setting/Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3G8.

Group Description:

This community yoga class, taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, will replicate a community experience with the support of Grow staff. Nyk Danu, Therapeutic Yoga teacher, will teach Yin Yang yoga – a grounding and centering practice with basic movements to gently warm the body and increase circulation. If you are hoping to develop a new self-care practice, this yoga class could be a great first step. Never tried yoga? This is a great opportunity! All skill levels are welcome!

Introduction to Mindfulness

When: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM commencing on March 3 for 8 consecutive weeks (ending April 21).

Group Size: 10 participants maximum.

Setting/Location: In-person, Vic West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Road, Victoria, BC V9A 6Z5.

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 minds destructive behaviors. Mindfulness will increase our compassion to each other and improve our relationships. In this 8 week course students learn techniques like sitting meditation, breathing and mindful movement to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Students will  learn basic mindfulness techniques that can be put into practice in everyday life. Please email Grow Coach jarret.james@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for further details.

Connecting Virtually

When: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 PM commencing March 4 for 5 consecutive weeks.

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail jennifer.sandberg@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

With our current COVID restrictions finding a way to connect with others is so important, now more than ever. This weekly group will offer activities to promote connection with others. Our hope is to offer a place to “come to,” an opportunity to see familiar faces and a chance to do something that might even be fun!

Activities will be based on the interests of participants and may include: sharing music and short videos, viewing Ted Talks, playing games and exploring online resources.​

Introduction to Basic Nutrition

When: Monday, 3:00-4:30 PM on March 8 (one time workshop).

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail jarret.james@icmha.ca or sandra.pruss@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

Are you unsure if you are eating the right foods for your body? What are the cheapest and nutritious foods you can buy? What are some of the basic vitamins and minerals you need to feel your best? Dive into the science of how food can affect our mental health, mood, energy levels. Get connected to free food resources in the community. Feel better about the food choices you make today.

If you have already participated in the previous workshop, this will be the same workshop.​

Sleep Fitness

When: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 PM commencing March 8 for 4 consecutive weeks (ending May 29).

Group Size: 8 participants maximum.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail christa.riddell@icmha.ca jarret.james@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

A good night’s sleep! We all want it and need it, but often something prevents us from getting it. Current research demonstrates how overall mental and physical health, productivity and performance are connected to our sleep fitness. This 4 week group workshop will explore why we need it and how lifestyle habits can enhance it. Like 6-pack abs, it’s does not happen overnight.  But with practice, consistency and perseverance, we can all achieve a better level of sleep fitness!

*Clients will be encouraged to keep a sleep record, track and share weekly on their journey towards better overall sleep.

Join us on ZOOM for 60 minutes of learning, sharing and strategizing how we can catch and keep those elusive extra zzz’s!

Week#1– The science of sleep~ why do we need it?

             – Setting the stage for sleep

             – Goal setting for the week ahead

Week#2– Nutrition and physical activity for sleep

            – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week#3– Strategies to “Power Down”, when the mind won’t co-operate!

             – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week #4– Dreams, themes and trending now~ the future of sleep science

             – Looking back, what’s worked and goals going forward

Book Club

When: Fridays, 1:30-2:30 PM commencing April 9 for 5 consecutive weeks (ending May 7).

Group Size: 10-12 participants.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail christa.riddell@icmha.ca or jennifer.sandberg@icmha.ca your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

This popular weekly group will continue to meet once a week on ZOOM, as the current restrictions allow.

This book club is a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to practice sharing and interacting with others on various topics that relate to the book. Clients should have the ability to read approximately 60-75 pages a week.

The practice of connecting in a group can build confidence and trust in ourselves and others, as well as broaden our own interests and appreciate the different points of view of others. In addition, the practice of reading can also help to reduce stress, increase 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, on-line or in similar groups in the community at large.

Please reach out to your Recovery Coach if you are interested in this group, as it aligns with your recovery goals!

CBT – Changing Our Behaviour to Reduce Depression

When: Mondays, 1:00-2:00 PM commencing April 12 for 5 consecutive weeks (ending May 10).

Group Size: 3-8 participants.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail jennifer.sandberg@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for the link.

Group Description:

This set of workshops will focus on the “Goal-setting” and “The Sustaining Lifestyle” sections of The Changeways CBT program for Depression. If you have done our CBT for Depression course in the past, these workshops will help to refresh and practice these CBT skills. If you have not done our CBT for Depression course, this program will over an opportunity to be introduced to CBT strategies and help you to put CBT skills into action. Each week will involve setting a goal and reviewing how it went within the group.

Please note: These workshops are suited for individuals with a primary mental health challenge of Depression willing to try out new skills.

Week #1: Introduce the CBT triangle and goal-setting.

Week #2: Goal-setting; how to create a SMART goal.

Week #3: The Sustaining Lifestyle.

Week #4: The Sustaining Lifestyle.

Week #5: Wrap up; review of what we’ve learned and continued practice.

Future Groups

CBT – Changing How We Think to Reduce Depression

When: To Be Determined.

Group Size: 3-8 participants.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail jennifer.sandberg@icmha.ca or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

This set of workshops will focus on the “Thinking about Thinking” section of The Changeways CBT program for Depression. If you have done our CBT for Depression course in the past, these workshops will help to refresh and practice these CBT skills. If you have not done our CBT for Depression course, this program will over an opportunity to be introduced to CBT strategies and help you to put CBT skills into action.

Please note: These workshops are suited for individuals with a primary mental health challenge of Depression willing to try out new skills.

Week #1: Introduce the CBT triangle; how increased awareness of our thinking can impact how we feel.

Week #2: Biases in Thinking and Faulty Assumptions; how our automatic thoughts can be distorted.

Week #3: Thought Challenging; how to create balanced thoughts.

Week #4: Worry Strategies; how to worry less and get unstuck

Week #5: Wrap up; review of what we’ve learned and continued practice.

Brainteasers Group

When: To Be Determined.

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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 teambuilding, social inclusion, increased confidence in social skills, intercommunication skills, and relationship/friendship building.

Communication for Success

When: To Be Determined

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Communication for Success is a skills-based group designed to enhance an individual’s communication. The course will allow participants to gain self-awareness with respect to communication, coping mechanisms, 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 skills in real life.

Pottery Workshop

When: To Be Determined

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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 likeminded 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.

Music Appreciation – Confidence Building Series

When: To Be Determined

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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 Behavioural 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.

Art Studio

When: To Be Determined

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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 provide 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.

Be Vulnerable

When: To Be Determined

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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 just 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: To Be Determined

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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.

Power To Be

When: To Be Determined

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Participate in weekly outdoor activities with Power to Be, a community organization that supports inclusive recreation. Engagement in this program will bring participants opportunities to be outside, try a new activity, explore new outdoor surroundings and experience the benefits of nature. Participating in outdoor activities can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and provide positive experiences!  Activities may include: nature walks/discovery, hikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, even rock climbing accessible for all levels of skill and ability.

Resilience & Recovery for High Stress

When: To Be Determined

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It is not the external stimulus that creates STRESS, it is our response to it.

Are you experiencing signs of high stress in your body manifesting in forms of emotional dysregulation/reactivity such as anxiety, depressed mood, or anger outbursts?

What if it were possible that no matter what life throws at us (including a pandemic), we were able to regulate our nervous system in such a way that it doesn’t “throw us off our game” or wreak-havoc in our life or body?

In this 6 session program we will explore emerging science of stress, resilience and trauma as well as ancient wisdom mindfulness and compassion practices that support recovery from and increase our capacity to…

THRIVE (not just survive) in times of high stress. 

Ted Talkers

When: To Be Determined

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This group will provide an opportunity for the participants to use their critical thinking skills by viewing, analyzing, and interpreting a weekly series of Ted Talks, pertaining to a variety of topics centred on physical and mental health recovery. The group will focus on the development of skills that enhance engagement in appropriate discussions, expressing individual opinion and sharing ideas regarding the week’s topic.

Outcomes will include: enhanced critical thinking, increased socialization, assertiveness, creative expression and confidence building.

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