The Art of Friendship | 2023

23 Jan 2023 - 20 Mar 2023
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The Art of Friendship is an 8-week course that provides a group-support environment where adults with mental health issues can further their health and well-being by reducing isolation and building social skills. Students learn the skills of friendship building, meet new people, and learn about recovery and wellness skills.

Strong friendships give us the power to be our authentic selves; when we have strong friendships, we feel respected and valued, and we work hard to find ways to show our friends that we respect and value them. Strong friendships take work! This course will help you learn about yourself – what you say, the way you act, ad how all of your actions can affect relationships with others. Focusing on these aspects helps us gain confidence in our relationships, and we will be more likely to achieve our friendship goals.

Course objectives:

  • Learn and practice mental health recovery

  • Develop relationship skills and build healthy friendships

  • Develop a peer support network

  • Learn problem-solving techniques

  • Enhance independence

This is a Blended Learning Classroom

We will have students and facilitators both in-person and virtually.

This Class runs on Saskatchewan Time (CST)

Course Schedule

See the Art of Friendship Course Page in the "My Courses" tab 1 week before your course's start date for more session details.

Course Dates
Session Dates
Day of the Week
January 23rd
March 13th,

January 23rd, 2023

January 30th, 2023

February 6th, 2023

February 13th, 2023

February 20th, 2023

February 27th, 2023

March 6th, 2023

March 13th, 2023

March 20th, 2023




1:00 pm to
2:30 pm

Registration is at The Bottom of This Page;
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Course Details:


Session Details
Session 1
  • Housekeeping & Group

  • Class Expectations

  • Tolerance

  • Getting Acquainted The Recovery Process 

  • Magic Wand Wishes

Session 2
Understanding Human
Behaviour and Basic
Needs Theory
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Principles of Human Behavior Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • The Five Levels of Friendship

Session 3
Responsibility andCommitment
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Responsibility & Commitment

  • A Reason, A Season (poem)

  • Responsibility Exercise & Discussion The Bridge

  • Letting Go (poem)

Session 4
Values and Integrity
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Values Discussion

  • Values Clarification Exercise

  • Integrity

  • Friendship Values Exercise

Session 5
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Three Basic Boundaries

  • Barriers & Consequences

  • Setting Boundaries

  • “My Bill of Rights” Statements Exercise:

  • Expressive Art

Session 6
Self-Disclosure & Trust
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Self-Disclosure: What? Where? How? Why? Trust

  • Shades of Me

  • Risks of Disclosure Scenarios

Session 7
Communication and Resolving Conflict
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Communication Types?

  • Barriers? Active Listening

  • Communication Pitfalls

  • Listen (poem) Conflict Resolution

  • WIN Formula

Session 8
Intimacy and Group Closure/Graduation
  • Review/Housekeeping

  • Magic Wand Wishes

  • Autobiography in Five Short Chapters (poem) Intimacy

  • 12 Steps to Fostering Friendships

  • Positive Affirmations Art of Friendship Post-Survey

  • Graduation Celebration

We ask that you remember that space is limited ; please respect your fellow students and our facilitators. Only register for a class if you intend to attend each class session. Thank you, and happy learning.

Upon registering,
you will gain access to the course page for this class. This Course page, which you can access through
the "My Courses Tab," will have our active Zoom Link for this course and individual lesson plans for each week of the class. These Lessons will have downloadable files you'll need for the class that week.

Please note that you may not see your course in the "My Course tab" until one week before the start date of the class.

You will also receive a weekly email reminder for your course containing relevant links and downloads for your class. This information can also be found in the "lessons" section of your course page.


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