Wellness Academy

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

The Wellness Academy is a free mental health recovery skills program that educates peers about maintaining wellness, coping with stress, and managing symptoms. Our core courses are evidence-based and built from SAMHSA guidelines 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 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. 
    • 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 MHG at (336) 373.1402, or email info@mhag.org


Core courses cycle continuously. Peers who are new to the Wellness Academy are strongly encouraged to start with Integrating Recovery, Wellness and Recovery Concepts, or Recovery Principles. Check back regularly for updates on our enrichment courses and special courses.

Core Classes

The six core classes are developed from evidence-based guidelines set forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and teach recovery skills and concepts.

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Resurgence: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul

Mondays, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This is a 4-week course with sessions that operate independently and do not need to be taken in order. We encourage anyone who can make the class to come. The purpose of this course is to communicate the mission and values of Mental Health Greensboro that act as a foundation when developing peer-led programming. We concentrate on igniting hope by promoting self-advocacy, personal responsibility, education, and the identification of strengths and responsibilities while adopting and adapting to a person-driven, holistic recovery plan. As the definition of recovery becomes broader each year, MHG maintains the belief that recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

This course is appropriate for all audiences: new and existing wellness academy peer participants, community supporters, professionals, friends, family, and anyone interested in learning more about our services and approach. Anyone who has had an orientation are free to come to this class no matter what course session is being presented. Please call (336) 373-1402 to schedule an orientation prior to course attendance.

4 Classes:

  • An Introduction to Integrated Recovery and Wellness.
  • The Mental You – Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
  • The Physical You – Nutrition, Movement, Chronic Illness
  • The Spiritual You – Beliefs, Morals, Values

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Grief and Loss: Becoming Stronger in the Broken Places

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Japanese art of Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi), literally meaning “golden repair,” involves filling the cracks of broken pottery with precious metal – dusted lacquer, most often gold. The concept behind the art is a belief that breaks and repairs contribute to the value increasing history of each piece. In other words, ‘the beauty is in the broken’. In comparison, our human experiences, failures, and injuries, when appropriately repaired, can also render us more beautiful and valuable. This course aims to strengthen the places broken by grief and loss by aiding the participants in identifying, describing, and processing unaddressed pain. The ultimate goal is to accomplish a level of healing from the injurious consequences of avoidance, such as: stress, health problems, depression, anxiety, anger problems, behavioral issues, and overall genuine unhappiness.

12 Classes, 10 of 12 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Grief course: Objectives, Goals, and Guidelines for Processing Grief and Loss.
  • Session 2: Loss: Identify, Respond, Support
  • Session 3: Grief: Staging, Relating, Expecting
  • Session 4: Surveying Loss
  • Session 5: Loss Packet Step 1 – Telling the Story
  • Session 6: Loss Packet Step 2 – Exploring the Meaning
  • Session 7: Loss Packet Step 3 – Identifying the Unfinished
  • Session 8: Loss Packet Step 4 – Honoring the Past, Stepping Toward the Future
  • Session 9: Loss Packet Step 5 – Celebrating the Kept
  • Session 10: Closure Part 1 – Collages: Group sharing and Supportive Feedback
  • Session 11: Closure Part 2 – Processing Closure: Finding Relief in the Healing
  • Session 12: HOPE (Hold On, Pain Ends) – Grab Bag Group Processing Activity

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Balancing Holistic Wellness

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Working toward wellness does not just end with a diagnosis and medication. Recovery is a multi-faceted process, and there are many sides to be explored when working toward feeling better and functioning best. Participants in this course will look at how their physical health and active habits, diet, circumstances, environmental factors can affect their mental health, and how they can take an active role in maintaining their recovery.

12 Classes, 10 of 12 required for graduation:

    • Session 1: An Introduction to Balancing Holistic Wellness
    • Session 2: Energy: Too Much or Too Little?
    • Session 3: Memory
    • Session 4: Sleep – Hibernation or Hardship
    • Session 5: Motivation – Where did the blast off go?
    • Session 6: Brain: Clearing the Fog
    • Session 7: Pain – Proof of Life
    • Session 8: Stress
    • Session 9: Trauma – Definition, Effects, and Presentations
    • Session 10: Emotional Intelligence and Mood Management
    • Session 11: Appetite/Nutrition: Part 1
    • Session 12: Appetite/Nutrition: Part 2

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Systems of Recovery

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Systems of Recovery is a class 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.

10 Classes – 8 of 10 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Systems: Understanding How One Relates to All
  • Session 2: Synchrony: Observing the Family as an Interactive Unit
  • Session 3: Boundaries: Functional Relationships and Communication
  • Session 4: Synergy: Knowing Your Role
  • Session 5: Self-Organization: Reacting Uniquely
  • Session 6: Social Equilibrium: Adjusting to Stressors
  • Session 7: Homeostasis: Responding to Environmental Instability
  • Session 8: The Brain: Minding Your Consciousness
  • Session 9: Coping: Changing Your Perspective
  • Session 10: Equifinality: Various Means to A Unified End

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WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (2 hr class due to 20 hour required curriculum)

WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. In this course, students will explore their own personal symptoms, triggers, strategies to promote wellness, and hopes. The instrument provides a structured and proactive plan in which individuals learn what to look for when symptoms start to intrude, how to turn the tide, and how to create a life that makes them feel alive.

10 Classes – 9 of 10 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Key Concepts
  • Session 2: Wellness Toolbox – part 1
  • Session 3: Wellness Toolbox – part 2
  • Session 4: WRAP Plan
  • Session 5: Crisis Planning
  • Session 6: Special Topics I
  • Session 7: Special Topics II
  • Session 8: Special Topics III
  • Session 9: Special Topics IV
  • Session 10: Special Topics V

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WHAM (Whole Health Action Management)

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a peer-led intervention developed by SAMHSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions for people with chronic health and behavioral health conditions that activates self-management to create and sustain new health behavior. WHAM aims to counter the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity among people living with mental illnesses and addictions. Through facilitated sessions focused on setting strengths-based whole health goals, WHAM participants learn to:

  • Identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors
  • Write a concise whole health goal based on person-centered planning
  • Create and log a weekly action plan
  • Participate in peer support to create new health behavior
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response
  • Engage in cognitive skills to avoid negative thinking
  • Prepare for basic whole health screenings
  • Use shared-decision making skills and tools for engaging with doctors

12 Classes – 10 of 12 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Intro to WHAM: Stress Science and Improving Your Health
  • Session 2: Connections: Power, Positivity, and Purpose
  • Session 3: Success: Unlocked with Five Keys
  • Session 4: Improve: Quality of Health and Resiliency
  • Session 5: Measurable: Determining how much
  • Session 6: Positively Stated: Gain vs. Change
  • Session 7: Achievable: Fluid Expectations
  • Session 8: Call Forth Actions: Creating Healthy Habits
  • Session 9: Time limited: Accomplishment Planning
  • Session 10: Motivation: The Sum of Ownership + Benefit
  • Session 11: Confidence: Improving Your Whole Health
  • Session 12: Celebration and Reflection

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Anger Management

Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This course uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and a curriculum designed by the U. S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to teach students appropriate skills for successfully managing anger.

9 Classes – 7 of 9 required for graduation:

  • 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 – part 1
  • Session 8: Conflict-Resolution Model
  • Session 9: Wrapping Up Anger Management

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Recovery Principles

Mondays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

When we have suffered a major setback or crisis due to extreme symptoms, the basics of daily living often seem to be more than we can manage. This course is designed to address some of the basics of living with a mental health diagnosis by incorporating key recovery principles, including a using a strengths-based model and accessing available resources.

6 Classes – 5 of 6 required for graduation:

  • 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

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Introduction to Wellness and Recovery Concepts

Mondays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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.

6 Classes – 5 of 6 required for graduation:

  • 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

Enrichment Classes

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Enrichment classes are meant to provide additional recovery strategies, as well as opportunities for fellowship in a positive environment where recovery is nurtured. These courses do not cycle continually like the Core classes and instead are offered based on demand and relevance.

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Learning to Love Yourself

In the process of recovery, we are often told that we must ‘learn to love ourselves’ – It’s great advice, but how do we do it? And what exactly is self-love? This course explores these questions, showing how self-focused negativity can obscure our awareness, and how recovery itself can depend on our willingness to embrace love for ourselves.

4 Classes – 3 of 4 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Love and Admiration
  • Session 2: Self-Talk and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
  • Session 3: Affirming Unconditional Love
  • Session 4: Adjusting Expectations and Connecting with Our Rooms

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Loneliness Workbook

Based on the self-help workbook by Mary Ellen Copeland, The Loneliness Workbook, this course defines and explores loneliness on a personal level. The course allows opportunities for participants to journal, discuss, and role-play situations where loneliness is a challenge. The course also offers strategies for relieving loneliness and building healthy, supportive relationships.

5 Classes, 4 of 5 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: Exploring Loneliness in Your Life
  • Session 2: Loneliness Connections
  • Session 3: Relieving Loneliness
  • Session 4: Reaching Out
  • Session 5: Sustaining Relationships

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Building Self Esteem

This course focuses on how to think and feel more positively about yourself and value who you are. Participants will learn about the different elements of self-esteem, the positive pyscho-social effects of high self-esteem, as well as the negative psycho-social effects of low self-esteem. Participants will also learn different concepts and tools that will help improve their self-esteem.

6 Classes, 5 of 6 required for graduation:

  • Session 1: What is Self-Esteem?
  • Session 2: Unconditional Human Worth and Self-Care.
  • Session 3: Unconditional Love and Assertiveness.
  • Session 4: Accept Yourself.
  • Session 5: Reframing, Readjusting, and Rebuilding.
  • Session 6: Plan for the Future.