Community Integration Program (CIP)

Through CIP, survivors engage in meaningful activities in the community and reclaim independence.

Community integration and acceptance is critical to improving survivors’ self-esteem and quality of life. In the CIP, clients participate in weekly leisure or volunteer activities either individually or in a group setting. Therapists provide recommendations for acceptance into the CIP once the team feels survivors are able to tolerate increased activity.

The Recreation Therapists recommend activities that are meaningful to each individual and also related to their rehabilitation goals.

A client may have been working to recover the use of their hand following a stroke. Participating in an art project that uses both hands will reinforce the use of their hand through a fun activity.

These programs help clients improve their abilities through leisure skills. Survivors who have undergone intensive rehabilitation apply their relearned skills in the group programs, which focus on music, communication, leisure, thinking, social and sensory abilities.

*CIP groups run in semesters of six months. Enrollment may span multiple semesters, but is not guaranteed to. 

Groups may include:

Community Kitchen:

The Community Kitchen program enables clients to find healthy and inexpensive recipes and to cook independently using adaptive equipment. Clients gain independence and self-esteem by preparing meals both for themselves and their families.


Formerly known as Stroke group/LSG, the Woodshop group is a combination between developing leisure skills in a woodshop setting and exploring community resources outside of ARBI. Each client practices their fine motor skills with detailed projects including birdhouses, paper towel holders and other purposeful objects. Clients work 1:1 with experienced staff and volunteers to help develop their confidence with adapted tools. Clients are also responsible for planning monthly outings that help to develop confidence accessing their communities. 

Aquatics Program:

The Aquatics Program offers clients the opportunity to increase their current level of physical functioning with freedom of movement. Alongside fun, group activities in the pool, each client is provided with a one-to-one exercise program lead by trained staff and volunteers.

Walking Group:

The Walking Group is offered year-round for clients to increase their current level of physical functioning. In the summer, the group explores outdoor community parks throughout the city. In the winter, the group walks around a track. Due to the uniqueness of each client's physical capabilities, the group is divided into two sub-groups allowing clients to walk at a suitable and therapeutic pace. 

Young Adult Coffee Group:

Some of ARBI’s younger clientele meet once a month at different coffee shops throughout the city not only to socialize with one another but to plan outings, evaluate accessibility and build strong relationships—all at different coffee shops throughout their community. The Coffee Group focuses on strengthening social skills and independence while also discussing barriers to community participation, and how to overcome their fears/concerns.

Music Therapy:

Music therapy, as supported by evidence-based research, stimulates many areas of the brain simultaneously. It helps the brain build neural pathways to potentially regain lost functions. Music therapy can increase self-esteem, encourage vocalization and speech, provide a means of self-expression and increase physical activity. It may also help clients cope with secondary symptoms including anxiety and depression. 

Seasonal Groups


Hort is a seasonal group that runs during the months of May to late September. The group increases client independence and self-esteem by encouraging clients to develop and maintain several of ARBI’s gardens. Clients not only plan their goals and expectations for the program, they also plant, learn new recipes, gardening techniques and harvest the produce in the fall. The primary focus of this group is to motivate clients to transfer skills learned in this group, into their gardens at home.

Sailing Group:

A seasonal program that runs July and August. In partnership with the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta (DSAA), clients are provided with the opportunity to learn how to sail in an individual sailboat. Clients are partnered with ARBI staff and a trained sailing companion from the DSAA and are given the controls. Independence, developing new skills, and having the opportunity to feel the freedom of the open water, are the primary forces of this summer program.

Golf Group:

The Golf group runs from May to September at the McCall Lake par 3 golf course. Through a friendly game of golf, clients are able to practice both fine and gross motor skills and apply functional skills within a leisure-based activity. Clients can play 9 holes, practice on the putting green, or stick to the driving range. This group gives clients a great opportunity to either get back into a sport they love or to practice new skills that they can use outside in their community.