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

Parramatta - Thursday 10 October 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

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

Blacktown - Wednesday 23 October 2019, 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 24 October 2019, 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
4h
Locations & Dates

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 30 October 2019, 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

Blacktown - Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 13 November 2019, 10am-2pm

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 - Tuesday 5 November 2019, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Parramatta - Tuesday 12 November 2019, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Parramatta - Tuesday 19 November 2019, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Parramatta - Tuesday 26 November 2019, 2.30pm-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 16 October 2019, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - booked out - Thursday 7 November 2019, 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

North Parramatta - Monday 11 November & Tuesday 12 November 2019, 9am-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

Blacktown - Wednesday 9 October 2019, 10am-12pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 27 November, 10am-12pm

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 (12h)
Locations & Dates

Auburn - Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November, 9.30am-3.30pm

North Parramatta - BOOKED OUT! - Thursday 12 & Friday 13 December, 9.30am-3.30pm

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

Blacktown - Wednesday 20 November 2019, 10am-2pm

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

Parramatta - Thursday 21 November 2019, 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 - Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10am-2pm

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 - Thursday 5 December 2019, 10am-2pm