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.

Becoming Resilient

When faced with adversity in life, how do we cope or adapt? Why do some people seem to bounce back from tragic events or loss much more quickly than others? Why do some people seem to get "stuck" in a point in their life, without the ability to move forward?

Duration
3x 1.5hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursdays 4, 11 & 18 February 2021, 10am-11.30am

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

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 10 February 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm

Problem Gambling & Mental Health

This workshop will explore the various impacts of problem gambling on the individual and the family with a particular focus on mental health. 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

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 17 February 2021, 10am-12noon

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
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10am-2pm

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.

Duration
2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 24 February & 3 March 2021, 10am-12noon

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 (Holiday Inn) - Wednesday 3 March 2021, 10am-2pm

LGBTIQ Inclusivity

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of inclusive practice in the workplace. Students will learn how to apply this knowledge to their work practices in order to ensure an inclusive environment for LGBTIQ staff and consumers.

Duration
6h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Tuesday 9 March 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm

Strong Social & Emotional Wellbeing

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

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

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 10 March & Thursday 11 March 2021, 9.30-11.30am and 1-3pm

Mindfulness

Most of us often feel overloaded, stressed and feel under pressure. It is very easy to get into a spiral and be stuck in our usual automatic reactions (even if they’re not helpful). Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings and mental health.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Wednesday 17 March 2021, 10am-12pm

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 21 April 2021, 10am-12pm

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10am-12pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid where participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help.

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Workers' Club) - Thursday 18 & Friday 19 March 2021, 9am-5pm

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 23 & 30 March 2021, 10-11am

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
2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursdays 22 April & 29 April 2021, 10am-12noon

Practising Assertiveness

People often confuse assertiveness with self-confidence. While self-confidence is important, the times we most need to be assertive are often when we are not feeling confident.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 5 May 2021, 10am-2pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid

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

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Thursday 6 May & Friday 7 May 2021, 9am-4.30pm

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
2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursday 13 May & 20 May 2021, 10am-12noon

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

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Monday 17 May & Tuesday 18 May 2021, 9am-4.30pm

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
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown (Max Webber Function Centre) - Wednesday 19 May 2021, 10am-2pm

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) - Wednesdays 26 May & 2 June 2021, 10am-12noon

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10am-2pm

Self-Care & Burnout for Workers

Whether we are working remotely or on-site, COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Often during virtual meetings, we get distracted by day-to-day things and end up multitasking when we shouldn't, and zoning out when we should be tuning in.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Thursday 24 June 2021, 10am-12noon