Recovery College

The Ontario Shores Recovery College is available to inpatients and outpatients already receiving services from Ontario Shores to provide an opportunity for learning and discovery.

New Virtual Course Offerings

 
Recovery CollegeVirtual Courses will take place over the Zoom platform.

Registration:

  • Must be registered Ontario Shores client at time of registration.
  • Interested students can call 905.430.4055 ext. 6988 to register.
  • Courses begin July 27. 
  • Registration is open beginning Monday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Learning about COVID19


What will we do?

This workshop, developed in collaboration with Infection control experts and our peer support team, has been created to provide information and offer guidance in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic. We will learn all about Covid-19 and discuss how this pandemic can impact our mental health. Together, we will explore ways to navigate our new norm by receiving up to date public health information and developing new strategies for coping during this time.

What will you learn?
Student will learn current and up to date information about Covid- 19, what it is, how they can protect themselves and others, as well as how they can access reputable information on an ongoing basis. Students will also learn about how Covid- 19 can impact their mental health and discuss strategies to maintain wellness during this challenging time.

       




Format:

1 workshop

Friday June 12, or
Friday June 26
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructors:
Nicole Kirby, Infection Control
James Gasparini, Peer Support
Keith Wilen, Peer Support

 

WRAP


What will we do?

This 7-week course will teach participants skills to help take control of their own recovery. During the course, participants will develop their own personalized wellness plan based on the five main tenets of WRAP: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy and support.

What will you learn?

  • Tools that participants use daily to maintain their wellness
  • How to identify triggers and cope with them in the moment
  • How to respond to signs that things are breaking down and when to involve supporters
  • Crisis planning
  • New ways to effectively advocate for yourself
 

Format:
7 sessions

Mondays
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
June 1- July 13

Instructors:
James Gasparini, Peer Support
Keith Wilen, Peer Support 


Coping with Current Events


What will we do?

Throughout this 6-week course, we will discuss the different challenges we are facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about different wellness tools to help us navigate through these difficult and uncertain times. We will learn about the importance of self-care, daily routines, meaningful activities and strengthening our emotional connections with both ourselves and others. We will talk about healthy boundaries and how to respectfully implement them. Lastly, we will look at the role media is currently playing on our mental health and overall lives as well as explore how to make this a healthy rather than negative influence.

What will we learn?

  • How to explore the challenges we are currently facing amidst COVID-19and how they are impacting the way we feel
  • Ideas to kick-start your self-care and to continue with meaningful activities despite changing circumstances
  • Strategies to practice self-compassion
  • Practical tips to creating and sticking to a daily routine, navigating the media in a health way and implementing respectful boundaries 
 

Format:
6 sessions

Wednesdays
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
June 3- July 15
*No class on July 1st

Instructors:
Leah Johnston, Peer Support
Rachael Battistelli, Peer Support 

Leisure in Isolation


What will we do?

COVID-19 has drastically changed our way of living; particularly how we spend our free time, which is also known as leisure. The imposed restrictions, such as no contact and limited resources from the outside world, have left many of us feeling the effects of boredom.

This 6-week Virtual program will help you find creative ways to keep connected, supported and engaged while staying safe during these unprecedented times. We will keep activities as inclusive as possible being mindful that we are limited to the materials within our own homes.
Each week will vary with different activities or topics, but the focus of this program is to find ways we can use leisure to promote our well-being while adhering to physical guidelines of COVID-19.

Some examples of topics/discussions are as follows:

  • Gratitude (tips/techniques to help maintain a positive attitude during these times)
  • Resources and ideas for activities to be completed at home
  • How to find ways to exercise at home/outdoors; with opportunities to participate in a virtual lead at home exercise program by facilitator
  • We will also lead participation in virtual fun activities, such as trivia and social games providing much needed social and cognitive stimulation

What you learn?

  • A new innovative way to maintain social connection and gain support to help you cope with feelings of isolation and loneliness during these indifferent times
  • Social and cognitive stimulation through participation in fun virtually instructed activities
  • Tips/techniques to help maintain a positive well being
  • Ideas for independent leisure activities
 

Format:
6 sessions

Tuesdays
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
June 2 - July 7

Instructors:
Amanda O’Keefe, Recreation Therapy 

Practicing Meditation


What will we do?

Each week we will practice several different types of guided meditations selected from free resources. We will start practicing in small 5 minute meditations and gradually work our way up to longer meditations. Participants will be encouraged to journal and/or share their experiences and ask questions.

What will you learn?
Students will learn some of the many benefits of meditation, such as uncluttering your mind so you may connect with your inner essence and higher self, as well as gain a level of awareness to help you calm worrisome thoughts and live more joyfully

 

Format:
6 sessions

Thursdays
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
June 4 - July 9

Instructors:
Lisa Johnson, Student Peer Facilitator
Trisha Takatsch-Stapley, Student Peer Facilitator 
James Gasparini, Peer Support


Open Peer Discussion Group


What will we do:

During this unprecedented time it is important now, more than ever, to maintain connections with like-minds, those that are a part of our peer support system. The purpose of this open discussion workshop is to touch base virtually and learn from one another by sharing how we’re managing during this difficult time.

What will we learn:
In this group we will learn to support one another in our recoveries in a safe and confidential environment, and discuss how connection plays a vital role in our mental health.

 


Format:

6 sessions

Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
June 2 – July 7

Instructors:
James Gasparini, Peer Support
Keith Wilen, Peer Support 

Virtual Yoga


What will we do?

The purpose of this program is to assist the participants to develop physical techniques for maintaining and/or improving balance, flexibility and strength. Additionally yoga also helps to better manage, and/or reduce stress in their daily lives.  This program will incorporate discussion, instruction, demonstration and practice to enhance the participant’s opportunity to make the mind and body connection to wellness.

There is always potential injury through loss of balance or stretching beyond ability. Injury prevention includes education, warm up, modification, complimentary exercises, teaching clients to respect/listen to their bodies and following appropriate exercise guidelines.

This will be offered virtually so look for a space that you have some room to move in while on your mat and that you have some privacy.

What will you learn?

  • To develop, maintain and/or increase personal balance and flexibility through continuous participation in this program. Demonstration, instruction and modification are provided as needed.
  • To demonstrate relaxation and stress management techniques through participation and practice during regularly scheduled sessions. Participant will be able to make the connection between mind and body. Participants will be able to utilize principles between sessions.

* Participants will need: A yoga mat or thicker towel to lay on, a towel in case you get hot and a water bottle.

*Facilitator will provide: instruction and relaxing music.

 


Format:

6 sessions

Wednesdays
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
June 3 - July 7
 

Instructors:
Julie Murray,
Recreation Therapy 


More about Recovery College

Recovery College courses provide education about mental illnesses, treatment options, wellness and ultimately discovering or rediscovering passions, hope, and meaning. The Recovery College complements professional assessment and treatment by helping people to understand their challenges and learn how to manage them better to pursue their aspirations. It is a place where "lived experience" is blended with the expertise of mental health practitioners to help participants develop meaningful goals for recovery. Focus should be about hope, empowerment, possibility and connection.

5 Learning Domains of Recovery College

Learning and Understanding​

Uses information sharing to help empower individuals to explore options to help them manage their mental health condition. This includes information on recovery, different diagnoses as well as available treatment options.

Skill Development​

Application of knowledge into the development of practical skills which can lead to enhancing one's life and managing mental health challenges.​

Vocational

Assists with goal development surrounding occupational planning and skill attainment for competitive employment. This includes career and education information, skills training, and preparing one for community employment opportunities in a welcoming and recovery-oriented environment.

Leisure, Health and Wellness

Uses meaningful activities to enhance positive health, quality of life and sense of well-being in many different areas. These can include social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental wellness.

Self-Discovery and Identifying Strengths

Provide participants with the opportunity to explore meaningful roles related to dreams and aspirations.  To provide the chance to share one's story to receive and give support as well as celebrate successes and strengths.
 

Contact Information

​Allison Stevens
Recovery College Leader
Phone: 905.430.4055 ext. 6435