Workshops & Programs

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

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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.

ADHD, Autism and Neurodiversity: How different brains work differently

Some people’s brains work differently to most people’s. It’s hard being different when the whole world of school, work and play is designed for how ‘normal’ people’s brains work; and when parents, teachers, friends and colleagues don’t get that what’s easy and normal for them isn’t just as easy for you. Living with this is stressful, and can lead to low self-esteem, social isolation, anxiety and depression

Effective Communication Skills

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

(Navigating the Mental Health System, Arabic)

This workshop will be delivered in Arabic, by two bilingual educators.

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.

Practising Assertiveness

Do you find it challenging to assert yourself effectively in various life situations, especially when your self-confidence wavers? At times, we mistakenly associate assertiveness solely with self-confidence. However, the truth is, the moments when we need to be assertive often coincide with periods of self-doubt.

Understanding OCD

Washing hands, checking locks, and organizing possessions in a particular way can be part of the experience of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Sometimes called the ‘Doubting Disease’,  why do people living with OCD behave this way? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  can be a challenging condition that significantly impacts individuals' lives. It's characterized by intrusive, distressing obsessions and repetitive compulsions that may seem irrational but are often difficult to control.

Alcohol, Drug Use and Mental Health

Many people living with a mental health issue also have problems with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use - and many people who use alcohol and other drugs may have mental health issues.  People with a co-occurring AOD and mental health problem may have worse impairment, a more trying course of illness and are more difficult to treat than people with a singular problem. Research shows people with a dual diagnosis may also have poorer treatment outcomes.

(Understanding Anxiety, Arabic)

This workshop will be delivered in Arabic, by two bilingual educators.

What is anxiety? Anxiety is a common mental health condition characterised by excessive worry, fear, and nervousness about future events or situations. It often includes physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, and muscle tension. While some level of anxiety is normal, anxiety disorders involve persistent and overwhelming feelings of apprehension that interfere with daily life. These disorders can manifest in various forms, from generalised anxiety disorder to specific phobias, and can be managed with effective treatment and coping strategies.

Pasifika Mental Health First Aid

Pasifika community members and their immediate family are invited to join a public Mental Health First Aid workshop to learn how to support people in their communities who may be experiencing distress.