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.

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 - Thursday 9 May, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Thursday 30 May, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Thursday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

Parramatta - Thursday 27 June, 2pm-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+ 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

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

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

Mt Druitt - Thursday 22 & Friday 23 August, 9.30am-3.30pm

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

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

Parramatta (BOOKED OUT) - Thursday 27 June, 10am-12pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 31 July 2019, 10am-12pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 13 November, 10am-12pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Tuesday 16 July 2019, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Tuesday 3 September 2019, 10am-2pm

Blacktown - Wednesday 23 October 2019, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 30 October 2019, 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
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 17 July 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

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

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

Blacktown - Tuesday 23 July & Wednesday 24 July 2019, 9am-4.30pm

North Parramatta - Monday 11 November & Tuesday 12 November 2019, 9am-4.30pm

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

Parramatta - Thursday 25 July 2019, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 28 August 2019, 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
3h
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 1 August 2019, 10am-2pm

Working Together

This is a two day cultural competence workshop which will provide understanding, knowledge and skills to assist workers in community and support services to commence the journey to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Duration
2d
Locations & Dates

Mt Druitt - Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 August 2019, 9:30am-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

Blacktown - Tuesday 6 August, 10am-2pm

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 16 October 2019, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 7 November 2019, 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

Parramatta - Thursday 8 August 2019, 10am-2pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 14 August 2019, 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

Blacktown - Wednesday 21 August 2019, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 21 November 2019, 10am-2pm

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

North Parramatta - Wednesday 22 August, 10am-4pm

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
1d
Locations & Dates

Parramatta - Thursday 5 September 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 11 September 2019, 10am-2pm

Parramatta - Thursday 19 September 2019, 10am-2pm

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

Auburn (Arabic) - Wednesday 27 November 2019, 10am-2pm

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.

Duration
4h
Locations & Dates

Blacktown - Wednesday 25 September 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