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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Mindfulness (1 hour)

Many people find mindfulness an effective approach to support their mental health recovery.

Duration
2h and 1h
Locations & Dates

Cumberland - Thursday 1 March, 10am-11am

Mindfulness 2

Many people find mindfulness an effective approach to support their mental health recovery.

Duration
2h and 1h
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 14 February, 10am-12pm

Mindfulness 1

Many people find mindfulness an effective approach to support their mental health recovery.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 31 January, 10am-12pm

Finding the Needle in the Haystack

This workshop is for people experiencing difficulty in reorganising and decluttering their home and to help family or friends support this process empathetically and respectfully. Students will be inspired by stories from a peer educator with lived experience of hoarding and their journey to recovery.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Thursday 19 April, 10am-2pm

Self Advocacy Skills

This workshop will build on and extends students' learning from Introduction to Self Advocacy. Topics covered include the self advocacy cycle, pathways thinking and self advocacy strategies, communication, and self care for advocacy. This practical workshop uses a range of activities to develop self advocacy skills in a supportive environment.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Friday 20 April, 10am-4pm

Consumer and Carer Participation

This workshop equips students with the knowledge and skills to effectively act as representatives in a range of contexts, such as boards of management, advisory panels, and community forums. Students will learn about representing people with mental health concerns and their carers, setting and keeping boundaries, reducing and addressing conflict that may arise in the role of representative, and self care when acting as representatives.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 12 April, 9:30am-3:30pm

Navigating the NDIS for Carers

This workshop will provide information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme for individuals who have a psychosocial disability arising from a mental health condition. It will explain how to apply, how to obtain supporting information, and what to do once you receive an NDIS package. This workshop will be particularly useful for family members or carers who need to know more about what NDIS for support purposes.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 11 April, 10am-2pm

Introduction to Self Advocacy

This workshop will introduce students to self advocacy, how this relates to personal recovery and the key principles that guide self advocacy decisions and actions. Practical frameworks and supports will be introduced and students given an opportunity to apply their learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Thursday 5 April, 10am-4pm

LGBTIQ Inclusivity

This workshop is aimed at community service providers and commercial business staff in the Western Sydney region to learn about how to build an inclusive community for LGBTIQ people.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 4 April, 9:30am-3:30pm

Self Care

Self care is becoming one of the most important ways that people can manage their mental health. This workshop will promote using self care techniques as part of mental health recovery. Students will learn practical skills to engage in self care activities, to develop a daily self care routine, and to role model self care to others.

Duration
3h
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Wednesday 28 March, 10am-1pm

CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Please note that this program has already commenced. If you wish to learn more about the qualification or to find out other start dates, please contact the Mental Health Coordinating Council on 9555 8388 to discuss your learning options.

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 - Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March, 9am-4:30pm

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid is a specialist two day program which provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals developing a mental health condition or experiencing a mental health crisis. This program is delivered by an indigenous trainer.

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Thursday 8 and Friday 9 February, 9.30am-4.30pm

Mt Druitt - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March, 9:30am-4:30pm

Parramatta - Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April, 9:30am-4:30pm

Self Advocacy and Celebration

We would like to invite all students who attended courses during Semester 2 to join us at our December event to celebrate our achievements this year.

Duration
3.5h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - 15 December 2017, 10.30am-2pm

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

Parramatta - Thursday 8 February, 10am-2pm

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
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 22 March, 10am-2pm

Mindfulness (2 hour)

Many people find mindfulness an effective approach to support their mental health recovery.

Duration
2h and 1h
Locations & Dates

Auburn - Tuesday 6 March, 2pm-4pm

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
3h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 21 March, 10am-1pm

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 21 February, 10am-2pm

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

Blacktown - Wednesday 7 March, 10am-2pm

What is Recovery College?

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

Duration
2h and 1h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Thursday 1 February, 10am-12pm

Auburn - Tuesdsay 13 February, 2pm-4pm

Cumberland - Thursday 15 February, 10am-11am

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 and 1h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 22 November, 10am-2pm

Cumberland - Thursday 15 March, 10am-11am