Revised Health and Well-Being Curriculum

The following update is shared by Lesley Fine, PROS Facilitator at Community Access’ East Village Access PROS program.

The University of Minnesota’s Health and Well-Being Curriculum is Being Revised.

The curriculum, Developing a Personal Plan for Health and Well-Being with the Circle of Health, will be removed next year.  For those who would like to print out aspects of this curriculum while it is still online, it is unfortunately not available in PDF.  However, a revised version of this curriculum has been developed that allows for easier printing of materials.

On this site, under the Create a Healthy Lifestyle heading, you will find 10 tools on topics such as Diet & Nutrition, Stress Mastery, Relationships, and Self-Care & Prevention.  There is also a tool that helps people create goals – with sample goals provided that are based on where someone is according to stages of change principles.

When you click on a particular tool, you can print out the various subject categories listed on the left.  It is not possible to print out the accompanying assessments.  Our program invested in a projector and screen to do the Health and Well-Being curriculum, which has minimized the need for printing and made the groups more interesting.  Having a projector also allows for showing short relevant video clips to be used as the basis for discussion (for this or any other curriculum), which participants have greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in checking out the newer version of the Health and Well-Being curriculum, play around on the above-mentioned site to get familiar with it.  If you find that it doesn’t completely meet the needs of your participants, you can always incorporate bits and pieces into your existing curriculum – i.e., take what you like, and leave the rest.

A last note:  the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is currently revising all of their online modules, so down the road we can expect even further changes and improvements.

Personalizing Wellness Self-Management Curriculum

This Wellness Self-Management Curriculum post comes from Lesley Fine, PROS Facilitator, at Community Access’ East Village Access. Click on the link at the end of this post to download her module in MS Word.

Course Overview: This course is designed to supplement the standardized Wellness Self Management Curriculum. This course will expand upon topics which have been touched upon in the WSM curriculum, and will cover the topics in more depth. It will focus on the concepts of stress,  and triggers,  as barriers to all aspects of recovery, including behavioral issues, substance abuse, physical well-being, and emotional recovery. The focus will be on how good stress management can break down barriers to reaching identified goals in the different recovery domains.

Description: Each person has a very individual, personalized path in recovery. This is their own Path to Wellness.  These sixteen modules include various exercises, activities, techniques, and assignments, designed to identify stressors and triggers, and the skills needed to recognize them and avoid the consequences of reacting. Modules will use an initial self-assessment by each participant in the group, as a starting point for the work of that module. The same self-assessment will be revisited at the end of the sixteen modules to evaluate progress.  Homework is sometimes assigned at the end of a module, and then reviewed at the start of the next module, and evaluated.

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Free Anger Management Curriculum from SAMHSA

This post is shared by Susan Frielander, LCSW from the New York State Office of Mental Health’s New York City Field Office.

This manual was designed for use by qualified substance abuse and mental health clinicians. The manual describes a 12-week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment.  Each of the 12 90-minute weekly sessions is described in detail with specific instructions for group leaders, tables and figures that illustrate the key conceptual components of the treatment, and homework assignments for the group participants. An accompanying Participant Workbook is available (see Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients: Participant Workbook, Reilly, Shopshire, Durazzo, & Campbell, 2002) and should be used in conjunction with this manual to enable the participants to better learn, practice, and integrate the treatment strategies presented in the group sessions.

You can order this curriculum for free through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

My Experience with the Health and Well-Being Curriculum in PROS

University of Minnesota’s curriculum, Taking Charge of Your Health – Developing a Personal Plan for Health and Well-being with the Circle of Health

This post was contributed by Lesley Fine from Community Access.

I found this curriculum, developed by University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, while researching ideas for PROS groups. It encompasses eight major life realms that I thought were highly relevant to most PROS participants:

  1. Stress Mastery
  2. Healthcare & Self-Care
  3. Emotions, Attitudes & Self-Esteem
  4. Life Purpose & Service
  5. Exercise & Fitness
  6. Relationships & Family
  7. Spirituality, and
  8. Diet and Nutrition

Thus far, this has been a highly informative, gratifying and user-friendly curriculum to work with. Each module offers a logical and useful sequence (consisting of: Introduction, How Are You Doing, Goal & Action Sheet, Resources, and Reevaluation) that make it very easy to use.

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Working On Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health

“Working on Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health” is a manual designed for mental health consumers as well as their loved ones. It covers such topics as Potential, Spirituality, and Support Groups, to name but a few. Author, Karl Shallowhorn, has lived with bipolar disorder for 30 years. He is a mental health clinician and NY State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.

“WOW is very compelling. Karl Shallowhorn has shared his journey ,including his most difficult challenges with insight and hopefulness. Nothing sugarcoated, yet he has offered a real and tangible roadmap to recovery.” Michele Brown, Executive Director, Compeer Greater Buffalo

“Karl Shallowhorn has given those who suffer with mental illness a gift. Based on his experience, he has created a working plan that is both concrete, practical and manageable. Hope is what emerged for me as I read “Working on Wellness.” Mental illness need not be a point of no return, but rather a journey that one can navigate with wise guides such as Karl.”
Nancy Kehoe, Author, Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness

Order Working on Wellness directly from Amazon.