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.

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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 new apps and websites 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.

Location
Arts & Cultural Exchange [ACE]

8 Victoria Rd,
Parramatta NSW 2150

Dates and times

Thursday 15th of February,
10:00am - 3:00pm

Duration
5 hrs

Effective Communication Skills (Arabic)

This workshop builds understanding of the skills of communication and why being able to speak up clearly about what you need and what is important to you matters.  Communicating well is a life skill that can assist with recovery and is an empowerment tool. This workshop includes practical skills and exercises to develop your communication skills and how to use them effectively.

Location
Professional Teachers' Council

67 St Hilliers Rd,
Auburn NSW 2144

Dates and times

Thursday 22nd of February,
10:00am - 2:00pm

Duration
4 hrs

Domestic Violence & Mental Health

This workshop explores the mental health needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence. The workshop draws upon up-to-date research on domestic violence, mental health and the lived experiences of survivors and their supporters. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of what domestic violence is, who it affects, the mental health impacts and how to support people suffering from these impacts.

Location

Online (Zoom)


Dates and times

Saturday 24th of February,
10:00am - 2:30pm, and
Saturday 2nd of March,
10:00am - 2:30pm

Duration
8 hrs over 2 days

Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. Loss in a person’s life can be the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship or a lifestyle. Everyone experiences loss and grieves in their own way. This workshop will not only be about bereavement, students will also learn about theories of grief, different types of loss, coping strategies and what life can look like beyond bereavement.

Location
Arts & Cultural Exchange [ACE]

8 Victoria Rd,
Parramatta NSW 2150

Dates and times

Wednesday 28th of February,
10:00am - 2:30pm

Duration
4.5 hrs

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.

Location

Online (Zoom)


Dates and times

Wednesday 6th of March,
10:00am - 2:30pm

Duration
4.5 hrs

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.

Location
Max Webber Library Function Centre

61 Flushcombe Rd,
Blacktown NSW 2148

Dates and times

Wednesday 13th of March,
9:30am - 4:30pm, and
Thursday 14th of March,
9:30am - 4:30pm

Duration
hrs over 2 days

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.

Location
Max Webber Library Function Centre

61 Flushcombe Rd,
Blacktown NSW 2148

Dates and times

Wednesday 20th of March,
10:00am - 4:00pm

Duration
6 hrs

Mindfulness (Arabic)

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.

Location
Professional Teachers' Council

67 St Hilliers Rd,
Auburn NSW 2144

Dates and times

Thursday 21st of March,
10:00am - 2:00pm

Duration
4 hrs