In 2014, Cochrane High School developed a new healing arts program called CHAT (Cochrane Healing Arts Time).  The CHAT room is a calm and welcoming space for all students to explore and uncover any personal challenges that may be holding them back from reaching their full potential.  The program is unique in that it allows for collaboration between students, to extend beyond classroom assignments, and social interactions between classes. The educational benefits of using the healing arts to facilitate learning are many.  This process empowers students to develop self-esteem, confidence, advocacy, resiliency, efficacy, peer relationships and 21st century competencies.  Developing these skills within a universal learning environment, allows students to improve their coping skills enabling them to deal with peer pressure and academic stressors more effectively.


The CHAT Program was a 2016 recipient of the National Canadian Education Association (CEA) Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Education.  In addition to this recognition, we continue to travel throughout the province, sharing our program and its success with other school divisions.


Currently the CHAT room is run as a half-time program.  Students who wish to access the room, must participate in a referral process and be given final approval by administration or by our guidance councilors.





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