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Peer support work, what’s it all about

Dandenong

So you think you want to be a peer support worker but don’t really know what it’s all about or how to get into it? Come along and speak to peer support workers about their experiences. For those wanting to pursue this career path, this course aims to provide a better understanding of peer work.

Coming out of the clutter closet

Dandenong

For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing them. In this course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.

Suicide – breaking the silence

Dandenong

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Disclosure

Dandenong

So by now a professional (or a few professionals) have told you that you have a mental health diagnosis. Now what? Who do you tell? What do you say and how do you say it? This course aims to explore the various ways you can go about disclosing or not disclosing your health with the people in your life.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Dandenong

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Exploring the experience of depression

Dandenong

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

Support networks

Glynde

This course will help you to identify who in your life can help support your recovery. It will also explore your role in receiving and guiding what you need from your friends, family and community and examines the importance of communication and supportive relationships.

Advance statements

Greensborough

Advance statements are a way of telling your loved ones and health care practitioners how you wish to receive support. In this course, you will learn about why they were introduced and their practical use. The facilitator will also share their experience of writing and using an advance statement. You will be supported in identifying what can be included, who can be involved in the development of your advance statement, and what to do with your advance statement once it is completed.

Exploring grief and loss

Greensborough

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a valued relationship or part of our identity, we all experience grief and loss in our lives. During the course we will explore the cycle of grief and loss and how to be able to support yourself to work through it in a way that supports your wellbeing. The facilitators will draw on their own experiences in dealing with grief and loss to support you with your learning.

Looking forward and goal setting

Greensborough

Are you looking for the chance to live a fuller life but not sure where to start or what to do? This course will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect with the things in your life that make you feel fulfilled and give you skills in setting achievable goals for yourself. Whether it’s reconnecting with family or friends or getting back into a hobby or activity you enjoy, having a plan provides focus and motivation for what you want to achieve, and the people and resources you may need, in order to make it happen.

Peer support work, what’s it all about

Greensborough

So you think you want to be a peer support worker but don’t really know what it’s all about or how to get into it? Come along and speak to peer support workers about their experiences. For those wanting to pursue this career path, this course aims to provide a better understanding of peer work.

Disordered Eating

Mile End

Exploring disordered eating will provide students with a brief summary of the tell tale signs of disordered eating. It will breakdown some of the myths and cultural views surrounding the topic; and outlines some of the psychology behind it all. The course will also discuss the journey of recovery and what has worked for others. This is an interactive and inspirational introductory course.

Exploring the experience of bipolar

Mile End

Experiencing extreme changes in mood and thinking can impact all areas of our lives, our relationships, career goals and aspirations. How people describe and manage these mood changes is unique but there are often common experiences that people share. This course can help to increase your knowledge about the bipolar experience and share personal wisdom in discussion. There is great value in how we learn to manage it and how we find ways through the ups and downs.

Managing stress

Mile End

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Exploring the experience of bipolar

Gippsland

Experiencing extreme changes in mood and thinking can impact all areas of our lives, our relationships, career goals and aspirations. How people describe and manage these mood changes is unique but there are often common experiences that people share. This course can help to increase your knowledge about the bipolar experience and share personal wisdom in discussion. There is great value in how we learn to manage it and how we find ways through the ups and downs.

Understanding and planning for the NDIS

Gippsland

This course is a must for anyone who is interested in what the NDIS will provide for people with mental health related disability and how to prepare for your NDIS planning session. We will also cover what you can do if you don’t qualify for the scheme. The course will explore what your life is like now and how you would like it to change in the future. You’ll understand how with an NDIS plan you will be able to pursue your passions and dreams and develop your creativity to live a life of meaning and purpose. This course will also help health professionals, friends, family, and carers to understand what the NDIS is and how it can support positive change for someone living with mental health related disability.

Coming out of the clutter closet

Gippsland

For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing them. In this course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.

Managing stress

Gippsland

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Understanding addictive behaviours

Gippsland

In this course, we will look at what leads us into addiction by exploring some of the contributing factors to various forms of addiction. Through an exploration of these factors we will begin to understand the drivers in addictive behaviour. With the support of the facilitators (who will be drawing on their experiences), we will look at developing some potential strategies for overcoming addictive behaviour, identifying networks and developing a strong sense of hope, beyond addiction.

Understanding personality disorder

Gippsland

Some people have difficulty managing aspects of their personality and this can typically affect their relationships, managing emotions, thoughts and behaviours. This course will explore helpful approaches to support people to manage their life and will draw on people’s lived experiences to inform discussions and develop strategies for wellbeing.

Suicide – breaking the silence

Wangaratta

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Wangaratta

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Understanding addictive behaviours

Wangaratta

In this course, we will look at what leads us into addiction by exploring some of the contributing factors to various forms of addiction. Through an exploration of these factors we will begin to understand the drivers in addictive behaviour. With the support of the facilitators (who will be drawing on their experiences), we will look at developing some potential strategies for overcoming addictive behaviour, identifying networks and developing a strong sense of hope, beyond addiction.

Exploring grief and loss

Wodonga

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a valued relationship or part of our identity, we all experience grief and loss in our lives. During the course we will explore the cycle of grief and loss and how to be able to support yourself to work through it in a way that supports your wellbeing. The facilitators will draw on their own experiences in dealing with grief and loss to support you with your learning.

Self care

Wodonga

To take care of yourself and nurture your holistic wellbeing is an important skill to learn in life. Come to this course and develop strategies to build hope, establish a positive identity, find meaning and purpose in your weekly routine and begin to take control and responsibility for managing your life. We will utilise a range of different teaching methods and will support you to transfer your learning into your everyday life.

Anxiety – It’s just not that simple

​Abbotsford

Anxiety for many is a constant companion. Often we think we are the only one in the world who has these horrible fears and for many it’s just easier to avoid social situations altogether. Many people have been through the fears that anxiety produces and have come out healthier and happier on the other side. This course uses a learning environment where students can begin to understand some of the causes of anxiety, become aware of their personal triggers and explore strategies that help them better manage their anxiety and re-engage with their world. This course can be a follow on from the ‘exploring experience of anxiety’ course.

Emotional intelligence

​Abbotsford

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence? Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self-esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

What is recovery?

​Abbotsford

More and more people are talking about recovery and mental health issues, but what does this actually mean? In this course, we explore a few different ways of thinking about recovery. We’ll also look at some ideas for living well while experiencing the things our society calls mental ill-health.

Understanding addictive behaviours

​Abbotsford

In this course, we will look at what leads us into addiction by exploring some of the contributing factors to various forms of addiction. Through an exploration of these factors we will begin to understand the drivers in addictive behaviour. With the support of the facilitators (who will be drawing on their experiences), we will look at developing some potential strategies for overcoming addictive behaviour, identifying networks and developing a strong sense of hope, beyond addiction.

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