New and Current Workshops
RTP Workshops are designed and implemented by Peer Mentors, often with the guidance and/or participation of clinicians. People who have suffered from substance abuse and/or mental illness often encounter difficulties when transitioning out of clinical care. These workshops are designed to help the patient reconnect with the community. Participants are asked for feedback, which leads to evaluation and improvement of the workshop. These workshops are offered to all patients within the Mental Health Mission, not just those who are being mentored.
“The RTP program is committed to continue helping patients throughout Covid-19. As such, we are conducting all services on an online basis to keep our community safe during the pandemic.”
RAP (Recovery Action Plan)
The RTP – RAP (Recovery Action Plan) Groups are targeted to those patients suffering from Mood/Psychotic disorders that have been recently discharged from inpatient care, TDP or Day Hospital. These patients require additional support following acute care including re-stabilization and management. The RAP activities allow participants to share practical routines, strategies, and resources for regaining and sustaining wellness. The group will promote hope, and the development of a full life, irrespective of ongoing symptoms.
Duration: 6 weeks- 1x/week
Online via Zoom
- Session 1: What does wellness feel like?
Wellness activity: ex.: Stand up who…
RAP exercise: what do I feel like when I’m well?
- Session 2: What does wellness look like for me?
Wellness activity: ex.: good things box
RAP exercise: developing a list of wellness tools
- Session 3: What do I need to do to come back to a meaningful life?
Wellness activity: ex.: Mindful eating
RAP exercise: development of a daily maintenance plan
- Session 4: Who can support me in my recovery? Resources, education, patient’s rights, empowerment, and the RTP.
Wellness activity: ex.: RTP information session
RAP exercise: shared decision-making workshop led by clinical liaison
- Session 5: What could my future look like?
Wellness activity: ex.: personal strengths (the last roll)
RAP exercise: exploring weekly and monthly maintenance plan
- Session 6: Beyond the group
Wellness activity: ex.: discussing “good things” in our boxes
RAP exercise: Maintenance plans/goals for the future
*At the end of each session we set personal wellness goals for the week
SMART (Self-management and Recovery Training)
The RTP –SMART (Self-management and Recovery Training) Groups are targeted to patients that are in longer term care within the Mental Health Mission and the Allan Memorial Institute. These patients are suffering from substantial negative symptoms (anhedonia), a lack of motivation requiring a boost in creativity and positive emotions.
Duration: 6 weeks-1x/week
Online via Zoom
- Session 1: Who am I now?
And corresponding experiential activities ex.: what’s the illness and what’s me?
- Session 2: Exercise
Ex.: dancing in the dark
- Session 3: Overcoming self-defeatist beliefs
Ex.: the circle of positivity
- Session 4: Having a voice I my care
Ex.: shared decision-making workshop led by clinical liaison
- Session 5: Adventure Exploration
Ex.: Planning you perfect day
- Session 6: Gratitude and pleasurable activities
Ex.: Thank you letter to myself
*there is a 3-5 min. guided meditation (thematic) at the beginning of each session
Both RAP and SMART groups are led by the RTP Facilitators, and/or senior RTP Peer Mentors and co-facilitated by a clinical staff. Peer Mentors share their experiences of recovery, and encourage conversations around hope and recovery, and individuality.
The groups are designed according to 5 key recovery concepts: (CHIME): C Connectedness; H Hope; I Identity; M Meaning; E Empowerment.
Zine Workshop: RTPublication
Online via Zoom
The RTPublication Zine is a small format magazine showcasing visual art, poetry and testimonials contributed by and put together by current and former patients of the MUHC Mental Health Mission. It gives patients a voice to promote the RTP, educate staff, patients, family, and friends, lessen stigma, provide a creative outlet, promote personal growth and development, and practice and improve group skills.
The Zine team currently meets once a week via Zoom for 1.5 hours. There are many different roles to be filled within the group such as editors, designers, facilitators, contributors, minutes taker, etc.
To join the Zine Workshop, participants need to be referred by their Healthcare Provider and complete our RTP Referral Form.
To submit work, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Discussion Groups
Online via Zoom
Peer Mentors have collaborated with clinical staff to deliver family (caregiver) discussion groups at both the AMI and GEC. In 2020, the RTP Family Committee will launch a new round of family meetings at both GEC and the AMI.
Duration: 1-hour meeting
Knowing that families give a lot and can suffer chronic stress, or post-traumatic stress due to the illness of their loved one. They do need, benefit and like support.
The families share their stories, and answer a few questions…. talking about hope, recovery, hardships, love and support.
Some are more advanced along the path to recovery than others and the exchanges are beneficial.
Example of questions asked:
- What is difficult in supporting your loved one?
- Do you believe in recovery?
- What does a typical day look like?
How to Participate in Workshops
All RTP workshops are now being offered online during the Covid pandemic. To participate please submit a completed workshop referral to the RTP coordinator’s email at email@example.com.