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
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

Parramatta - Thursday, 16 May, 9.30am-4.30pm

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) - Wednesday 6 February, 10am-12pm

Parramatta - Thursday 7 February, 10am-12pm

Parramatta - Thursday 27 June, 10am-12pm

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
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 20 February, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 30 May, 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

Mt Druitt - Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 February 2019, 9am-4.30pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 20 February, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 1 May, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 23 May, 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
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 21 February, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 3 April, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 2 May, 10am-2pm

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

Mt Druitt - Monday 25 February & Tuesday 26 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Mt Druitt - Tuesday 14 May & Wednesday 15 May, 9.30am-3.30pm

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
6 hours
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 27 February, 10am-4pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 22 May, 10am-4pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 6 March, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 27 March 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 5 June, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 12 June, 10am-2pm

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

Parramatta - Thursday 7 March, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 9 May, 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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 20 March, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 8 May, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 26 June, 10am-2pm

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
4 hours
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 21 March, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 6 June, 10am-2pm

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 - Tuesday 26 March, 9.30am-4.30pm

Older Person Mental Health First Aid

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

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Riverstone - Thursday 4 & Friday 5 April, 9.30am-3.30pm

Toongabbie - Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May, 9.30am-3.30pm

North Parramatta - Thursday 20 & Friday 21 June, 9.30am-3.30pm

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

North Parramatta - Thursday 4 April, 10am-4pm

Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, like many mental health conditions, is often misunderstood, stigmatised, and portrayed in popular culture in negative ways. This workshop aims to help people living with schizophrenia and their families, friends and carers to better understand what a diagnosis of schizophrenia means, how to manage it and how to support recovery.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - 10 April, 12pm-4pm

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

North Parramatta - Thursday 11 April, 10am-4pm

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

Parramatta - Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 May, 9am-5pm

Writing for Wellbeing

In this four-part workshop series, students will learn about using writing as a self-care tool. This series will encourage confidence in students' own personal style and will unlock their own unique writing ability. It will build on this skill-set to empower and encourage wellbeing.

Duration
2h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Wednesday 16 May, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Wednesday 30 May, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Wednesday 27 June, 2pm-4pm

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

North Parramatta - Friday 17 May, 10am-4pm

LGBTIQ Introduction to Self-Advocacy

The Introduction to LGBTIQ Self-Advocacy workshop is designed to extend students’ understanding of self-advocacy in the context of LGBTIQ+ and health, mental health and wellbeing. The workshop explores the principles that guide self-advocacy decisions and actions and how self-advocacy relates to personal recovery. The workshop explores a framework for analysing self-advocacy situations and approaches to planning, finding supports and accessing resources. Students will have the opportunity to apply this learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

Duration
6 hours
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 19 June, 10am-4pm