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.

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

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

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

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

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

Online (Zoom) - Wednesday 12 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

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) - Tuesday 18 May & Thursday 20 May 2021, 10am-12noon

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

Talking about Mental Health

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

Riverstone (Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre) - Thursdays 3 June, 10 June & 17 June 2021, 10am-2pm

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

Riverstone (Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre) - Wednesday 9 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