Managing Anger: Many mental health clients have difficulty managing their anger. This program teaches them to recognize the onset of anger and to take steps to deal with it in a positive way.
Self-Awareness: This program is similar to a “Health” class in high school. Clients learn about their bodies and how to manage their health.
Communication: Communication is a big part of dealing with a mental illness. Our clients often have difficulty in communicating their needs as well as poor listening skills. This program teaches them how to communicate effectively to ensure that their needs are met.
Cooking Group: Many of our clients have existed on an expensive diet of fast food and have had no training in the selection and preparation of nutritious food. Here clients are taught cooking skills to help improve their diets and to give them the skills to live on their own.
Conflict Resolution: Conflict is a big part of the mental health consumer’s life. Their illness often does not give them the skills needed to cope with frustration or interpersonal relationships. This program helps them recognize the onset of conflict and gives them some coping skills to resolve the conflict in a socially acceptable manner
Goal Setting: To achieve things in life, the skill of goal-setting is very important. Many of our clients have no concept of how to set and achieve reasonable goals to improve their lives. This program gives them a roadmap to follow in order to live happier lives by setting and achieving goals.
Life Skills: Managing money, opening a bank account, and creating a budget are skills that our clients often lack. As well, filling out applications and preparing resumes are skills that will prove useful. Our lifeskills training prepares our clients for ‘life after Rosewood”
Drug Awareness: Many mental health consumers have problems with drug addictions. Alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of pharmaceuticals are all quite common. By providing some strategies for control of these addictions as well as linking clients with community services, we strive to help them become less dependent upon this form of escapism.
System Supports: Most Rosewood clients will be on ODSP or OW for many years to come as they work on their individual issues. This program helps them deal with their rights and responsibilities under these programs. It also introduces them to other supports that they will need to access in the future such as housing
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): One of the more innovative programs that Rosewood has brought into our community is Dialectical Behavior therapy or DBT. This program is open only to Rosewood clients. DBT involves helping people who have difficulty controlling their emotions to be able to control these behaviors while accepting that emotions are an important part of health living. DBT’s main goal is to teach people skills to cope with stress, regulating emotions, and to improve relations with others. It is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. This program is divided into two parts, a therapeutic section and a skills section. Rosewood does not deliver the therapeutic section of DBT, so we have connected with supports in the community that are able to deliver this important piece. Rosewood has brought a qualified trainer into the community to deliver the skills program and to train Rosewood staff in the delivery of this program. The new program, unlike the pilot program allows for continuous intake of new clients to replace the inevitable drop-outs in this intensive program.
External Supports: While we endeavor to provide a wide ranging programming calendar, we also use community resources to enhance our services to clients. In the past few months we have brought outside speakers into Rosewood to make presentations to our clients. For instance, we have had speakers from the St. Leonard Youth Gambling Awareness Program speak about problem gambling. As well, we have had speakers from St. Leonard Addictions talk about the ‘Life of an Addict”. As well, speakers from the Brant County Health Unit have spoken about smoking cessation and another speaker from the Sexual Assault Centre provided a presentation on Sexual Harassment.
Rosewood House: has been very successful in providing these supports in a calm environment that facilitates their integration into society as useful, contributing citizens with the goal of our clients being able to leave Rosewood House to achieve success in the community
Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Rosewood House has a closed group that is open to residents right on property. This group meets every week.
Narcotics Anonymous: We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Rosewood has a closed group right on site and is open to residents. This group meets weekly.