"I can learn to recover from my illness"
Run by staff and service users working together. The courses have been selected by service users and are written and taught by staff and service users working together.
"Recovery Colleges deliver comprehensive, peer-led education and training programmes within mental health services. They should be run like any other college, providing education as a route to Recovery, not as a form of therapy."
"Recovery approach to mental disorder or substance dependence emphasizes and supports a person's potential for recovery. Recovery is generally seen in this approach as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and meaning."
Google Recovery College
Google Therapeutic Communities Mental Health
From Day Centre to Recovery College (from therapeutic approach to educational approach)
Examples of courses:
Co-production: Staff and service users working together
Interview panel training
Train the trainer
Spirituality: Using meditation
Understanding hearing voices
Understanding personality disorder
Understanding bipolar disorder
Hostel survival guide
Saving your pennies
How to make decisions
Creative problem solving
Introduction to self-coaching
How to generate ideas
Assertiveness: How to receive criticism, how to express needs/emotions, How to ask for, assertive rights.
How to support family members behaviour change.
Dealing with stress
How to improve your sleeping
CBT basics applied to stop worrying, improve self-esteem and other emotions (include mindtraps)
Guidelines for living: ethics, philosophy, religion, ecology, minimalism, humanism, etc.
Developing social skills
Healthy relaxation approaches
Traditional Pub Games,
Words that become acronyms of stories
Spelling mistakes create new meanings
Cutting and mixing newspapers headlines
Question and answers cards 7 wh which are read for different people creating a story
Changes/combination to known stories
Exchanging personalities in known stories
What happened after? to known stories ie. what happened with the brother of the prodigal son?