Classes Offered

Classes listed below may not be available every semester, please refer to current class schedule.
Individuals are enrolled in classes according to the individuals recovery plan. 
Each class is limited to 8 - 12 participants. 

AROMATHERAPY - Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, utilizing essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to create balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is the skilled use of essential oils, which have been extracted from flowers, spices, fruits, woods and leaves for their esthetic, psychological and medicinal applications. Aromatherapy treatments are to create balance and harmony taking into consideration the individuals state of well-being, occupation, stress, nutrition, state of mind and all aspects of the individual’s life. While using aromatherapy, participants will explore a series of wellness tasks from drinking various teas, gi gong, and tai chi.

ART THERAPY - This is designed to help individuals manage their emotions better. Anger, forgiveness, safety, avoidance, grief and loss, among others will be explored. The participants will use the tools of arts and crafts to evoke specific coping skills, so they can learn how to care for themselves in non-destructive and healthy ways. Participants will learn 1: how to identify and communicate non-verbally about symptoms of their illness 2: the effects of not dealing with their emotions appropriately 3: how to express their feelings with confidence 4: explore various art forms for self-soothing care.

CLEAN AND SOBER - People who are experiencing mental health difficulties sometimes self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. That is, they turn to substances to help them deal with their mental health difficulties. For example, people who experience anxiety may seek refuge in alcohol. People may also use drugs to elevate their mood or use drugs or alcohol to make them feel mellow and relaxed. However, self-medication is often ineffective and can lead to other life and mental health issues such as getting into trouble with the law or becoming depressed after repeated use of alcohol to calm one’s nerves. This class will help participants overcome this barrier in this life.

CREATIVE WRITING - Participants will perform a set of activities and exercises designed to process their emotions and memories. Participants will also present their work and then process the information from their creative process. Participants will work with each other and give each other positive feedback which will increase their communication skills and their self-esteem.

DOUBLE TROUBLE - This group is designed for people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. Studies have demonstrated over and over that the best course of treatment is to work on these issues simultaneously, not one than the other. This group focuses on the junction between mental illness and drug use. The Key to effective treatment is the seamless integration of psychiatric and substance abuse interventions in order to form a cohesive, unitary system of care.

EXPRESSIVE THERAPY - Expressive Arts Therapy has emerged in the past several decades as an innovative approach toward health in our contemporary society. Combined with traditional talk therapy, the arts can be incorporated into sessions to explore issues and themes and help create new healthy patterns in your life. Previous arts experience is not required, and the emphasis is on the creative process rather than the product. Through inter modal artistic expression, inner resources are identified and strengthened to overcome obstacles and reach toward one's greatest potential.

GRIEF AND LOSS - In this class will participants will develop the skills around loss. Participants will develop a sense of how avoidance of coping with loss affects their lives to this day. This class may address barriers that individuals may have with anxiety, depression, and how they relate to others because of this serious unaddressed issue in their lives.

HEALING HUMOR – “Laughter is the best medicine” This course will focus on the importance of humor in one’s life by being able to laugh at oneself and relieve stresses that can exacerbate symptoms connected to mental illness and addiction. We will identify how laughter can be a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS -
Learn what constitutes a healthy relationship, learn healthy boundaries with others, and how to avoid the pitfalls of dysfunctional and chaotic relationships. How to recognize, understand, and deal with people who try to control and manipulate. Learn how to communicate assertively even when others are not assertive.

INNER PEACE - In this class participants will learn about the deeper meaning of the world around them. Participants will find out why certain things make them feel better or worse from colors to religious symbols. Participants may develop a better spiritual understanding of the world around them, and learn how to express themselves in a more appropriate manner in a variety of social situations. Participants may reduce anxiety and create calmness.

MANAGING ANGER WITHOUT DRUGS -
This class is designed to be used by participants in an anger management group treatment curriculum for substance abuse and mental health clients. It provides individuals participating in the 12-week anger management group treatment with a summary of core concepts, worksheets to complete homework assignments, and space to take notes for each of the sessions. The concepts and skills presented in the anger management treatment are best learned by practice and review and by completing the homework assignments given in this class.

MUSICAL MOODS - Address physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social needs through the use of music. Participants can learn how to manage pain, ward off depression, promote movement, ease muscle tension, as well as other benefits that music can bring. Through musical involvement in the classroom setting, participants will strengthen their abilities to cope better and learn how to transfer these new skills to other areas of their lives. 

ONE DAY AT A TIME - Participants will learn techniques and prevention methods for their drug and alcohol alcohol issues. Participants will be given exercises and readings to help them discuss and process their triggers for potential relapse. They will share their history of successes and failures with their problems with drugs and alcohol.

REEL EMOTIONS - Participants will watch a series of scenes from movies dealing primarily with different psychological disorders. Clients will then process their own mental health history along with the observations they have from the movie clips. Clients will develop a better understanding of their own symptoms along with learning about stigmas and perceptions attached to mental health disorders.

RELAPSE PREVENTION - Participants will learn techniques and prevention methods for their drug and alcohol alcohol issues. Participants will be given exercises and readings to help them discuss and process their triggers for potential relapse. They will share their history of successes and failures with their problems with drugs and alcohol.


SMILE PLEASE -
Happiness is an important part of life-no less than anger, sadness, and fear. Happiness isn't an accident, it's a gift you give yourself. People are living longer these days, Why? Because we're learning that we can improve quality of life through everyday choices we make. This class will tell you how to fight for, create, and live a long and happy life. It makes you master of your own destiny. The course will address: How do you know when you’re happy? Are you as happy as most people? If you have lots of money or a fancy title at work, shouldn’t that be enough to make you happy? What does happiness have to do with health? Is there such a thing as eternal happiness? Can you really make yourself happy by putting a smile on your face? Type B personalities tend to enjoy less material success than Type A’s, so why are Type B’s so much happier?

STEPS TO EMPLOYMENT - Participants will learn the 'soft' skills needed to obtain/ maintain employment. Topics such as appropriate personal boundaries, reacting to criticism, social skills, first impressions, and personal grooming/ hygiene will be examined. - Boundaries - Social skills - Emotions - First impressions - Personal hygiene/ grooming".

SURVIVING TRAUMA - An educational and process oriented group focusing on the difficult emotions and traumatic memories associated with abuse from the past. Developing an awareness of how these past events continue to affect us and our relationships even to this day. Confront feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and regret so that we can live fulfilling and peaceful lives.

UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS -
This is a symptom monitoring course designed to help participants understand their mental illness, diagnosis, behaviors associated with the illness. Discuss each diagnosis in the DSM, reviewing symptoms and durations. Differentiating each disorder from other similar disorders and recognize how various symptoms can be associated with many different diagnosis. Be able to differentiate between disorders as well as develop appropriate skills to maintain their functioning.

UNDERSTANDING OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was once thought to be very rare. Now, more than 3 million people in the United States have OCD. This course will help you understand OCD as well as give you strategies for getting help and getting better. We also tell you what you can do to help a child or someone you care about who has OCD. We discuss the symptoms of other conditions, such as anxiety or depression, that can occur at the same time as OCD. In addition, we explain the differences and similarities of disorders that can be considered cousins of OCD. This course also covers the primary strategies used to treat OCD, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, exposure and response prevention (ERP), and medication.

UP IN SMOKE - Tobacco use is a major risk factor for many diseases. Quitting smoking can have a major impact on a person's health and quality of life. This class will help provide care to participants in their attempts to quit smoking.

WALK FOR LIFE - This class is being offered to those looking to lose weight, stay healthy, and reduce stress and anxiety through a low impact exercise. The goal of this class is to get members to understand the benefits of walking every day as it helps reduce heart disease and high blood pressure, among other things.

WELLNESS/ SELF-MANAGEMENT -
Assist people in effectively managing serious mental health problems with topics such as relapse prevention, recovery, and developing a greater understanding of our own strengths and resources. Developing a healthy lifestyle and making informed choices and decisions by emphasizing personal strengths.