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.

What is Recovery?

This workshop will explore the concept and context of recovery with a particular focus on the personal process and what this means for people with lived experience, families, services and communities. The workshop will cover lived experience and recovery relating to mental health conditions, the evidence of recovery, and the characteristics of services and approaches that support recovery.

Duration
1 day or 3x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Thursday 29 September 2022, 9:30am-4:30pm *please note this date has changed*

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 26 October 2022, 9:30am-4:30pm

Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and body shapes and sizes. This program builds understanding of eating disorders, how they impact psychological and physical health and how best to support recovery.

Duration
4hrs or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 5 October 2022, 9am-12:30pm

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
4hr or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 12 October 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm

Conversations about Change

All of us have things we’d like to change about ourselves; and nearly all of us have someone we know who we think needs to change. Talking about this is hard. We don’t want to be nagged and we don’t want to be a nag - but we know that we need to have the conversation.

Duration
4hrs or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursday 13 October 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm

Strong Social & Emotional Wellbeing

This workshop provides students with the cultural understanding required to deliver mental health services within a social and emotional wellbeing framework. This course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Duration
4x 2hr sessions over 2 days
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2022, 9.30-11.30am and 1-3pm

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
4hrs
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Thursday 27 October 2022, 10am-2pm

Understanding Trauma

This course will provide an understanding of how trauma can be triggered during stressful events. Dr Bruce Perry’s ‘Three R’s: Regulate, Relate and Reason’ provides a framework for service users and service providers that uses calm connection as a means to improve the experience of service access and a foundation for effective collaborative problem solving.

Duration
4hrs or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursday 3 November 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm

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
2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Tuesday 8 November 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm

Creativity for Wellbeing

In this workshop series, students will explore how creative processes can support mindfulness practice and promote wellbeing throughout recovery. Through interactive discussion and take-home exercises, this series will challenge what ‘being creative’ means and build the confidence of individuals to explore their own creative potential.

Duration
2 days OR 4x 2.5hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Arts & Cultural Exchange) - Wednesdays 9 & 16 November 2022, 10am-3pm

Understanding Personality Disorders

This workshop is an introduction to understanding personality disorders. It looks at the history, prevalence and types of mental health conditions that are called personality disorders, and helps students to understand what it is like to live with these conditions. Supports and treatments will be discussed along with key principles of self-care and self-management strategies.

Duration
6hr or 2x 3hr sessions (online)
Locations & Dates

TBC - Tuesday 15 November 2022

Effective Communication Skills

A specially updated version of Effective Communication Skills to include online communications, this workshop series will introduce students to the ways in which we sometimes change how we communicate in an online context and how to ensure we are communicating effectively in an online setting.

Duration
4hrs or 2x 2hr sessions (online)
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Tuesday 22 November 2022, 10am-12 noon & 1-3pm

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 new apps and websites 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

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 30 November 2022, 10am-2pm

Self-Care

Recovery depends on all the people involved – people living with mental health issues, workers, and carers, family and friends – being as strong and resilient as possible.  When there are lots of demands and stressors, it is very easy to neglect the things that can help us feel strong and resilient. Self-care is becoming one of the most important ways that people can manage their mental health.

Duration
4hr or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Thursday 24 November 2022, 10am-2pm

Online (Zoom) - Tuesday 6 December 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm