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.

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 (One Door Mental Health) - Wednesday 20 April 2022, 10am-4pm

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

Auburn (Professional Teachers' Council) - Thursday 21 April & Friday 22 April 2022, 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

North Parramatta (One Door Mental Health) - Wednesday 4 May 2022, 10am-4pm

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

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Thursday 5 May 2022, 10am-2pm

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

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Friday 6 May 2022, 9:30am-4:30pm

Creativity for Wellbeing

In this four part 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
4x 2.5hr sessions
Locations & Dates

North Parramatta (One Door Mental Health) - Tuesdays 10, 17, 24 & 31 May 2022, 10am-12:30pm

Being a Peer Advocate

Organisations want people with lived experience of mental health issues, families and carers to work together to improve services. This course provides information about what is involved, and the rights and responsibilities of being on a committee or advisory panel. Students will learn how to constructively participate and become active members of the consultation process.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Wednesday 18 May 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) - Wednesday 25 May 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm

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 26 May 2022, 10am-2pm

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
4hr or 2x 2hr sessions
Locations & Dates

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 8 June 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 is course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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

Online (Zoom) - Thursday 16 & Friday 17 June 2022, 9.30-11.30am and 1-3pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) (Professional Teachers' Council) - Thursday 23 June 2022, 10am-2pm

Presentation Skills Training

Would you like to learn how to talk to groups about mental health? This might be a formal or informal presentation to a carers group, a committee, a student group or in an organisation. This three-part workshop series will give students the skills to speak in front of a group of people and write short presentations. Students will also learn how to consider the audience, purpose and context in developing such presentations.

Duration
3x 4hr sessions
Locations & Dates

North Parramatta (One Door Mental Health) - Thursdays 9 June, 16 June & 23 June 2022, 10am-2pm

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

Parramatta (Holiday Inn) - Wednesday 22 June 2022, 10am-2pm