Are you supporting a loved one with a mental health or substance use challenge? We are piloting this course for a second time before we launch Discovery College in January. We know you may be busy, so we designed a streamlined course that discusses key topics for families, friends and parents who are supporting someone with a mental health or substance use challenge. Topics include maintaining your own wellness, moving from fixing to supporting and strengthening our relationships through boundaries, awareness and reflection.
Finding Your Balance is a 3-session course that will run from 6-8pm on Wednesday October 16, 23 and 30 at Foundry Kelowna. Participants must be available for all 3 sessions.
For more detailed information, here is the course syllabus:
Finding Your Balance Outline:
We acknowledge that the CMHA Kelowna, its staff and participants, are guests on the unceded traditional territory of the Syilx peoples.
CMHA Discovery College Core Principles:
Inclusion and Diversity | Accessibility | Empowerment | Connection
100 – 1815 Kirschner Road
|Course Time:||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Course Dates:||October 16th, 23rd and 30th 2019||Phone Number||236-420-2804|
|Co-Facilitator:||Melody Brewer||Co-Facilitator:||Shelley Cameron|
Target Audience: Parents, friends or families supporting a loved one with a mental health and/or substance use challenge.
Course Format: The course duration is 6 hours (2 hour sessions x 3 modules) this course content was co-produced with caregivers and professionals and will be implemented with a person centred/family systems approach.
Course Overview, Objective and Competencies:
Overview: This course discusses topics brought up by the caregiving population such as maintaining your own wellness, moving from fixing to supporting, and strengthening our relationships through boundaries, awareness and reflection.
- Participants will begin to recognize that their journey of self-discovery and wellness is separate from their loved one’s.
- Increase awareness about wellness strategies including self-care, communication, and how to set boundaries.
- Understanding the impacts of moving from fixing to supporting our loved one during their wellness journey.
- Emotional regulation
Your Own Wellness
October 16th, 2019
|In week one of this course, participants will look at family systems, reflect on their own wellness along with various coping strategies that can be used to maintain personal wellness even if their loved one is not doing well.||
Moving from Fixing to Supporting
October 23rd, 2019
|In week two of this course we will discuss how to best support our loved ones in a productive way and learn how to use communication skills to strengthen the relationship.||
Strengthening our Relationships
October 30th, 2019
|The third and final week of the course will focus on creating boundaries, acknowledging strengths, finding hope and self-reflection.||
Foundry Kelowna is located at 100 – 1815 Kirschner Road, there is a parking lot with plenty of spaces, if they are all filled there is additional street parking available on Kirschner Road. https://goo.gl/maps/GEUW8ysC69aLuFs16.
What to bring and what to expect:
Materials required for the course will be supplied by CMHA Discovery College
Discovery College courses are structured as a group course so there will be other participants taking the course with you as well as two facilitators. This course is a blended model which will include presentation, group discussion (drawing on the knowledge in the room) and activities of self-discovery.
CMHA Kelowna’s ArtWorks Studio is proud to present the 15th Annual Artists Among Us Art Gala!
Every year CMHA Kelowna hosts an evening of art and community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our ArtWorks Studio participants. The Artists Among Us art gala is a celebration of mental health recovery and wellness for people with lived experience. This unique show promotes wellness and channels creativity to support one’s mental health. 70% of each art piece sold goes directly to the artist and 30% supports the ArtWorks Studio in our Wellness Development Centre.
Join us at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
This is a free community event with art available for purchase!
Featured at this year’s event is the Full Circle Art Project!
The Full Circle Project is an art and storytelling initiative as part of our Women’s Wellness Programs. The project was facilitated by Rena Warren consisting of 8 workshops and group projects led by 3 local artists – Lee Claremont, Lynne Turner and Sharilyn Kuehnel with each featuring a different medium. The circle serves as a literal and conceptual starting point and theme throughout. These works will be available for viewing at the Kelowna Art Gallery in September and for purchase at our annual Art Gala on October 4th.
Funding for the Women’s Wellness Programs at CMHA Kelowna comes from the funds raised through Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women – Kelowna. Find out more about this program and the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women.
More about ArtWorks: The ArtWorks Studio is a comfortable and welcoming space for an adventure in learning new skills, to have an avenue for self-expression and to create art as a pathway to wellness. The studio is a place where we nurture the creative spirit and honour the whole person. Many participants of the ArtWorks Studio have overcome isolation, achieved a sense of belonging and built a stronger connection to the community. The studio offers art classes taught by local artists and covers a wide variety of techniques and mediums that are put to practice during open studio sessions. The overall experience is one of wellness. Find out how art and creativity can improve your mental health!
Thank you to our 2019 Artists Among Us event sponsors and partners:
To sponsor the 2019 Artists Among Us art gala please contact Shari Slattery, Fund Development Manager.