Wellness Academy

WellnessAcademyLogoA Mental Health Recovery Program designed and led by peers for peers.

Receiving a mental health diagnosis once meant being sentenced to a life of compliance and limitation; we believe that it is a chance to rediscover ourselves and to design our own lives.

The Wellness Academy is a free mental health recovery program that educates peers about maintaining wellness, coping with stress, and managing symptoms. Its courses are designed to teach skills and strategies to help individuals overcome the challenges presented by their diagnoses, and work towards what they consider important in their lives.

Program Details:

    • All daytime classes are FREE; some evening classes require a small fee.
    • Core Classes are offered Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Enrichment Classes are offered from 1:00 pm to 2:30. Special evening classes offered throughout the year; check the course listing or calendar for details.
    • Core Classes continuously cycle.
    • Attendance for any of the Core Classes must begin on the 1st or 2nd session of each series, except for WRAP, which requires attendance to begin on the first session of the class.
    • Participants must be 18 years or older.
    • All classes are confidential.

  • Orientation is REQUIRED before taking the first Core Class. To schedule an orientation, contact MHAG at (336) 373.1402, or email info@mhag.org

Courses

Please click on the course title for description and time. Core courses cycle continuously. Peers who are new to the Wellness Academy are strongly encouraged to start with Introduction to Wellness and Recovery Concepts or Recovery Principles. Check back regularly for updates on our enrichment courses and special courses.

Core Courses

The six core classes are evidence-based or developed from SAMHSA principles, and teach recovery skills and concepts. 

Introduction to Wellness and Recovery Concepts

Monday 10:00 am – 11:30 am Please check the monthly calendar as this course and Recovery Principles are offered on a rotating basis.

Introduction to Wellness and Recovery Concepts is a six week course meant to be practical and experiential. Living a life based on wellness and strength (as opposed to illness and deficit) requires some modification of basic perspectives; this course explores some of these paradigm shifts and provides new ways of thinking to help make them happen.

  • Session 1: Pathways to Recovery
  • Session 2: Distorted Thinking
  • Session 3: Boundaries
  • Session 4: Self-Talk/Affirmations
  • Session 5: Meaning and Purpose
  • Session 6: Advocating for Self

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Recovery Principles

Monday 10:00 am – 11:30 am Please check the monthly calendar as this course and Introduction to Wellness and Recovery Concepts are offered on a rotating basis.

Recovery Principles is a six-week interactive course based on the ten recovery principles. This course is designed to address some of the basics of living with a mental health diagnosis by incorporating key recovery principles, including using a strengths-based model and accessing available resources. The first five weeks examine two concepts per week, asking peers to apply the concepts to their lives. During the final week, we bring in a community speaker to discuss a local resource that may assist with mental health recovery.

  • Session 1: Hope & Person-Driven
  • Session 2: Holistic and Many Pathways
  • Session 3: Peer-Support and Relational
  • Session 4: Culture & Trauma
  • Session 5: Strengths/Responsibility, & Respect
  • Session 6: Mindfulness

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Wellness Management and Recovery Model (WMR)

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am

WMR is a six-week course based on SAMHSA’s resource kit for teaching wellness management and recovery skills for individuals living with a mental health challenge. This course explores those evidence-based practices to improve the lives of peers by increasing the availability of effective mental health services. It is meant to help peers discover or re-discover their strengths and abilities to pursue personal goals and develop a sense of identity and grow beyond their diagnoses.

  • Session 1: Recovery Strategies
  • Session 2: Pharmacology (guest speaker)
  • Session 3: Stress-Vulnerability Model & Treatment Strategies
  • Session 4: Coping with Stress
  • Session 5: Coping with Problems and Symptoms
  • Session 6: Reducing Relapses

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Anger Management

Friday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Anger Management is a nine-week course that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and a curriculum designed by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services – SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. This course helps participants to develop new skills to manage their anger response. It combines relaxation, reasoning, and communication skills that present participants with options drawing on these different interventions, and encourages them to develop individualized anger control plans using as many of the techniques as possible.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Anger
  • Session 2: Events, Cues, & Strategies
  • Session 3: Types of Anger & the Family
  • Session 4: Anger Control Plans
  • Session 5: The Aggression Cycle
  • Session 6: Cognitive Restructuring
  • Session 7: Assertiveness
  • Session 8: Conflict-Resolution Model
  • Session 9: Wrapping Up Anger Management

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Wednesday, 10:00 am –12:00 pm (this course is on hold until February 1st 2017)

WRAP is a ten-week, 20 hour course based on Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Program. The WRAP program is a structured system for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors, and through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating them. It also includes plans for responses from others when an individual cannot make decisions, take care of themselves or keep themselves safe.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Key Concepts and WRAP
  • Session 2: Wellness Toolbox – part 1
  • Session 3: Wellness Toolbox – part 2
  • Session 4: Daily Maintenance Plans and Triggers
  • Session 5: Early Warning Signs and When Things Are Breaking Down
  • Session 6: Crisis Planning I
  • Session 7: Crisis Planning II
  • Session 8: Post Crisis Planning
  • Session 9: Recovery Topics I
  • Session 10: Recovery Topics II

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Systems of Recovery

Tuesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Systems of Recovery is a six-week course based on the evidence based practices of systems theory. Systems theory is a unique approach to recovery that explains human behavior in terms of complex systems. Examples of systems include: family, social group, work. The course objective is to help you identify and understand the different systems in your life and learn how to successfully navigate them.

  • Session 1: What is a System?
  • Session 2: Family Systems
  • Session 3: Community Systems
  • Session 4: Your Systems
  • Session 5: Mental Illness Systems
  • Session 6: Breaking Down a System

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

 

Enrichment and Compeer Courses

Enrichment and Compeer Activities are meant to provide additional recovery strategies, as well as opportunities for fellowship in a positive environment where recovery is nurtured. 

Enrichment Classes

Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm

The Wellness Academy also offers recovery-based courses and workshops on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. These courses do not cycle or repeat and are intended to provide additional recovery strategies.

Intended for peers who have graduated or are working toward graduation in at least one core class. “Drop in” attendance is allowed for any of the afternoon activities.

Upcoming Enrichment Courses:

 

Jan. 31 – March 21: Down the Rabbit Hole (8 Sessions)

This 8 week course focuses on cognitive distortions, or thoughts that cause individuals to perceive reality inaccurately. These thinking patterns are usually used to reinforce negative thoughts or emotions. This course goes over common forms of cognitive distortions and ways to redirect our thoughts toward realistic, mindful thinking.

Mar. 28 – May 16: Perfect is What You Make It (6 Sessions)

This 6 week course focuses on perfectionism. We often strive for perfection in all areas of life, and this is often to our own detriment. This course examines our tendency toward perfectionism, and examines the pitfalls and the motivations behind it. 

Location:

301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Wednesday Compeer Activities

Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm

1st Wednesday of the month: Book Club  (contact at info@mhag.org for book details.)

2nd Wednesday of the month: Movie and Popcorn

3rd Wednesday of the month: Hypnotherapy  (moved from Tuesday)

4th Wednesday of the month: Games and Puzzles

5th Wednesday of the month (if applicable): Art

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Food For Wellness

Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 pm

In conjunction with UNCG Anthropology Dept. we are offering an enrichment class focusing on how nutrition impacts both our physical health and our mental health; perspective, attitude, mood, energy level, and restful sleep. Additionally, we will discover how to shop for healthful foods on a budget. We will also explore exciting new foods & recipes to add to our Wellness Tool Box.

This is an ongoing class with new strategies, foods, and recipes every week.

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Creative Writing

Every other Friday 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Writing can be a powerful tool to help people deal with their struggles and make sense of their thoughts and experiences, among other psychological benefits. This bi-weekly class helps students learn to use writing as a strategy for creative expression and self-improvement. 

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Art

(Formerly Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm)

Every other Friday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Creating art has well-recognized benefits for mental health, from relieving stress and dealing with emotions to boosting self-worth and improving cognitive function. Mary Christoph leads this bi-weekly class in a variety of arts and crafts projects to improve mental wellness.

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro, NC

Meditation

Monday 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Meditation can produce a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. Dr. Steve Landau leads this weekly course that teaches skills to help us slow down and, eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of our minds.

Location: 301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro NC

 

Evening Classes

MHAG offers special evening classes once a week. These courses require registration, and often involve a small one-time fee to cover materials and our teachers’ time. Check back here for information on upcoming courses.

Anger Management (Start Date TBA)

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Check back soon for registration details.

Anger Management is a nine-week course that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and a curriculum designed by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services – SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. This course helps participants to develop new skills to manage their anger response. It combines relaxation, reasoning, and communication skills that present participants with options drawing on these different interventions, and encourages them to develop individualized anger control plans using as many of the techniques as possible.

Location:

301 E. Washington St., Ste 111, Greensboro NC

 

For more information, contact us at 336.373.1402 or at info@mhag.org.