Mind Recovery College™ courses

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Smart spending

​Abbotsford

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget.

Challenging stigma and discrimination

​Abbotsford

During this course we will discuss some of the ways in which you experience discrimination and stigma and how it can be an obstacle to wellbeing. By getting together to discuss these issues, we hope that you will find some benefit and an ability to be better able to challenge the system to find new ways to do things.

Confident me

Dandenong

This course will explore confidence, self-esteem and how to have a good relationship with yourself. By the end, the aim is that you will walk out of the course thinking... I am me and I’m ok.

Exploring the experience of bipolar

Dandenong

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.

Assertiveness skills

Dandenong

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

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.

Understanding self harm

Dandenong

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Journaling for recovery

Dandenong

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

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.

Emotional intelligence

Dandenong

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.

Exploring grief and loss

Dandenong

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.

Understanding self harm

Glynde

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Exploring the experience of depression

Glynde

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.

Anxiety – It’s just not that simple

Glynde

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.

Understanding anger

Mile End

We all feel angry sometimes; it is part of being human. Anger can be useful, but it can also become a problem when it harms you or the people around you. In this course we will look to understand more about anger, how it works, factors which can make it worse and how to control it. We will consider some basic tools to deal with anger and ways to recognise your own anger signs.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Greensborough

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.

Food and mood

Greensborough

Food can affect our mood and mental wellbeing. This course will help you to identify foods that nourish your body and soul. We will develop an understanding about nutrition, good health and energy, and explore how we can best achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The course will help you develop more awareness of why, when and what you eat and how to change your habits, manage your cravings and add nutrients that can support more positive daily moods.

Assertiveness skills

Greensborough

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

Carer and consumer participation training

Greensborough

The lived experience of consumers and carers can play an active role in influencing how mental health providers deliver services. There are increasing opportunities for consumers and carers to participate in service improvement such as, advisory groups, forums, surveys and research. In this course you will learn about how you can use your lived experience to contribute to improving service delivery through consumer and carer participation. This course will give you the tools, techniques and resources to contribute to service improvement as well as valuable life skills.

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.

Journaling for recovery

Greensborough

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

Exploring grief and loss

Wangaratta

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.

Disclosure

Wangaratta

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.

Understanding personality disorder

Wodonga

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.

Exploring the experience of bipolar

Wodonga

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.

Exploring the experience of depression

Wodonga

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.

What is recovery?

Wodonga

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 self harm

Wodonga

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Understanding addictive behaviours

Wodonga

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.

Support networks

Gippsland

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.

Disclosure

Gippsland

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.

What is recovery?

Gippsland

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.

Exploring grief and loss

Gippsland

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.

Challenging stigma and discrimination

Gippsland

During this course we will discuss some of the ways in which you experience discrimination and stigma and how it can be an obstacle to wellbeing. By getting together to discuss these issues, we hope that you will find some benefit and an ability to be better able to challenge the system to find new ways to do things.

Assertiveness skills

Gippsland

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

Train the trainer

Gippsland

This course provides information on different learning styles, the training process and training techniques. It includes how to use lived experience effectively in a training session and how to manage ourselves. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare and deliver a micro-teach session. It will be lots of fun!

Carer and consumer participation training

Gippsland

The lived experience of consumers and carers can play an active role in influencing how mental health providers deliver services. There are increasing opportunities for consumers and carers to participate in service improvement such as, advisory groups, forums, surveys and research. In this course you will learn about how you can use your lived experience to contribute to improving service delivery through consumer and carer participation. This course will give you the tools, techniques and resources to contribute to service improvement as well as valuable life skills.

Exploring the experience of depression

Gippsland

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.

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