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.

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) - Thursday 15 & 22 July 2021, 10am-12noon

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
1d
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Tuesday 3 August 10am-12noon & 1-3pm & Wednesday 4 August 2021, 10am-12noon

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) - Thursday 12 & 19 August 2021, 10am-12noon *Please note these dates have changed from the originally published schedule*

Understanding Bipolar

People who experience bipolar disorder may have extreme mood swings which can range from highly energised, impulsive euphoria (sometimes to the point of having delusions and hallucinations) to extreme depression and to remission in a mostly unpredictable pattern. This can be frightening and difficult to live with or deal with.

Duration
2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursdays 26 August & 2 September 2021, 10am-12noon

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Most of us know firsthand that sleep affects our mental state. This workshop aims to help students understand how sleep (or lack of it) affects our mental wellbeing and to learn some techniques to improve the quality of their sleep.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Wednesday 1 September 2021, 10am-12pm

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
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Wednesday, 2 September 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm

Let’s Get Moving

We know that getting up and moving is good for us but we still put off doing it.  Now that we are all being asked to stay at home doesn't this mean we have even better reasons to stay off the couch? This course takes you through some activities you can do in a restricted space while we are all physically isolating. Using a combination of videos and class time we look at what you can do in a restricted space and then look at ways we can remind ourselves that moving is a good idea.

Duration
2x 1hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Tuesdays 7 & 14 September 2021, 10-11am

Introduction to Problem Gambling

This workshop will explore the various impacts of problem gambling on the individual and the family focusing on mental health and multicultural communities. The workshop will provide examples of warning signs and the types of support that are available for those experiencing problem gambling and their families.

Duration
2hrs
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Thursday 9 September 2021, 2-4pm

Introduction to Self-Advocacy

The Introduction to Self-Advocacy Workshop is designed to develop students’ understanding of self-advocacy, how self-advocacy relates to personal recovery and the key principles that guide self-advocacy decisions and actions. Students will have the opportunity to apply this learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 15 September 2021, 10am-4pm

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 students 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 (Workers Club) - Tuesday 22 June & Wednesday 23 June 2021, 9am-4.30pm

Blacktown (Workers Club) - Thursday 16 & Friday 17 September 2021, 9am-4.30pm

Self-Advocacy Skills

This workshop will build on and extends students' learning from Introduction to Self-Advocacy. The Self-Advocacy Skills workshop is designed to extend students’ understanding of self-advocacy, how self-advocacy relates to personal recovery and the key principles that guide self-advocacy decisions and actions. The workshop draws on a framework for analysing self-advocacy situations and approaches to planning, finding supports and accessing resources. Students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 22 September 2021, 10am-4pm