Programs & Courses

All Recovery College programs are co-designed and co-delivered by specialist educators and peer educators with lived experience of mental health conditions.

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CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Are you currently or looking to become a consumer or carer peer worker and would like to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Mental Health Peer Work?  Western Sydney Recovery College and MHCC (RTO No. 91296) are offering the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work commencing in October 2017.

Duration
14 Full Days, 9:30am - 5pm
Locations & Dates

North Parramatta, Institute of Psychology - November 2017 - June 2018

Working Together

This is a two day cultural competence workshop which will provide understanding, knowledge and skills to assist participants to commence the journey to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is course is open to both indigenous and non-indigenous students.

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 August, 9am-5pm

Blacktown - Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October, 9am-5pm

Blacktown - Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November, 9am-5pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a specialist two day program that provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Auburn - Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October, 9am-4pm

What is Recovery?

This workshop builds understanding about what is meant by the term recovery for individuals, their families and carers and to those working in the mental health field. The workshop covers the key concepts of recovery including recovery as an individual process, strengths based approaches and goal setting.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 19 July, 12pm-2pm

Parramatta - Friday 21 July, 10am-12pm

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 26 July, 1pm-3pm

Auburn - Thursday 27 July, 10am-12pm

Understanding Depression

What is depression? This program builds understanding of depression and how it impacts on individuals, their carers and families. The program also explores recovery, coping strategies and self-management techniques.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 23 November, 10am-2pm

Understanding Anxiety

What is anxiety? This program builds understanding of anxiety and how it impacts on individuals, their carers and families. The program also explores recovery, self-management strategies and other techniques that provide practical assistance to those living with anxiety.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 29 November, 10am-2pm

Smoking Awareness

This workshop builds understanding of smoking and its relationship to mental health conditions. The workshop will provide practical advice about the benefits of quitting smoking for improved mental health well being and provide practical information, support and tips on how to quit smoking.

Duration
3h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Wednesday 20 September, 10am-1pm

Physical and Mental Health

This workshop builds understanding about the relationship between physical and mental health. Learn how improving physical health can have a positive impact on your mental health. This program will include practical advice about the benefits of exercise and good nutrition to support you to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Wednesday 9 August, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 6 September, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 30 November, 10am-2pm

Navigating the Mental Health System

It can often be a difficult process to start a recovery journey when there are so many services out there to choose from. This program has been designed to assist people in navigating the mental health system in Western Sydney and to unpack what sorts of support different services can offer and when, how, and why you might need to access them. Information on using the new apps, CleverTar, and Mind Guide will be provided. Students will also gain general knowledge of the rights of mental health consumers while navigating the system, which will leave them feeling confident in advocating for themselves and in reaching out for help.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 24 August, 10am-2pm

Auburn - Thursday 31 August, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 8 November, 9:30am-3pm

Mindfulness

Many people find mindfulness an effective approach to support their mental health recovery. This is an introductory program which explains what mindfulness is and how the techniques of mindfulness can improve overall wellbeing. The program will include practical exercises to practice the skills of mindfulness that can be used to reduce stressful feelings and emotions.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 9 August, 1pm-3pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 16 August, 10am-12pm

Parramatta - Thursday 16 November, 10am-12pm

Introduction to Recovery College

What is Recovery College? Unsure if Recovery College is for you or what is involved?

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 6 July, 10am - 12pm

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 12 July, 1pm-3pm

Auburn - Thursday 13 July, 10am-12pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 18 October, 12pm-2pm

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you toss and turn and can’t get to sleep? Or do you wake and can’t get back to sleep? Does worrying about your sleep patterns keep you awake at night? This program will provide understanding about why we need sleep and covers practical information and tips to help you sleep well.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Wednesday 25 October, 10am-12pm

Get Qualified

This workshop will introduce you to the requirements for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. This workshop is for people who are interested in completing a qualification in peer work, it is suitable for people who are new to peer work and for peer workers who would like to obtain formal recognition in the form of a nationally recognised qualification.

Duration
1h 30m
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Friday 21 July, 1-2.30pm

Parramatta - Wednesday 30 August, 10.30am-12pm

Parramatta - Thursday 28 September, 10am-11.30am

Effective Communication Skills

This program builds understanding of the skills of assertiveness and why being able to speak up clearly about what you need and what is important to you matters. Assertiveness is a life skill that can assist with recovery and is an empowerment tool. This workshop includes practical skills and exercises to develop your assertiveness skills and how to use them effectively.

Duration
5h
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 15 November, 1pm-5pm

Conversations about Change

Do you want to learn more about effective communication strategies? In this workshop you will learn there are ways of communicating that may open up the possibility of change when talking to a loved one, friend or colleague. We cannot change another person, only ourselves, but we can learn what is involved in having a conversation about change and how we can use this to support our family and friends.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Auburn - Thursday 3 August, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 23 August, 10am-2pm

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 13 September, 1pm-5pm

Building Self Confidence

This program focuses on the theoretical and practical ways to build self-confidence and self-esteem. Self-confidence can help in the recovery process and empower individuals to take active ownership of their journey and help them engage fully in all aspects of their life. This program involves a mixture of practical sessions and education to integrate learning and allow students to practice skills that can be utilised in their individual lives.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Auburn - Thursday 9 November, 10am-2pm