Mental Health Recovery Course Outline Example

This one day session builds on our Mental Health Awareness workshop, looking in more depth at progressive thinking in mental health – commonly captured under the label of “recovery approaches”.

The word “recovery” can confuse, with its medical overtones and absolute connotations. But it has passed into the discourse nonetheless, whenever we are looking at:

  • understanding processes of stigmatisation & exclusion, & adopting valuing,
    inclusive and empowering principles and service implementation
  • personal meanings, narrative approaches – finding new, empowering stories
    to make sense of oneself and one’s difficulties, as an alternative to limiting &
    problem / deficit-saturated stories established by others (family, community,
    services etc.)
  • non-medical understandings of mental health issues
  • person-centred rather than system-driven approaches
  • resource, competence and resilience focus rather than problem / deficit focus
  • hope and possibility
  • emphasis on preferred futures and small steps to change
  • self-management, balanced with strong emphasis on the essential value of
    excellent human relationships

This workshop takes a look at all these ideas, giving participants an opportunity to
find out more about each, and to reflect on the implications for their organisation and
for their own thinking and practice.

Learning Outcomes
By participating in this workshop, participants will:

  • Build their understanding of the meaning of “recovery” in the mental health
    context, and the historical background to it
  • Examine the values and principles that underpin recovery
  • Look in depth at the key elements of recovery, as listed above, developing a
    deeper understanding of each
  • Apply recovery ideas to their own workplace, devising the beginnings of a plan
    for further development and improvement of their work in light of the day’s

Mental Health Awareness Course Outline Example

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is increasingly a topic of public discussion, which is good news, as public awareness is an essential step in reducing stigma. However, the topic remains deeply misunderstood and misrepresented, thus fear and exclusion continue, impacting massively on a person experiencing mental health difficulties.

And that can be any of us.

This workshop seeks to address the misunderstandings, so that participants leave better informed on the subject and with a better idea of how to be helpful to a person struggling with mental health issues.

The session includes:

  • What is “mental health”?
  • What are “mental health problems”?
  • Where’s the problem? Understanding how poverty, inequality, abuse and discrimination (i.e. traumatic experiences) are all drivers of poor mental health
  • How am I? The mental health continuum
  • The myths and the media
  • Language: from devaluation & exclusion to a valuing discourse
  • What helps? A handful of key values, attitudes & skills that really make a difference when engaging with a person whose mental health is poor right now

Participants explore their beliefs and attitudes on the subject, and reflect on their own mental health. They reflect on the implications of the session’s learning for their work in community contexts: how they might think, speak and act differently.

A variety of engaging formats keep things moving: a case study, video, presentations, large & small group discussion, a practice self-assessment exercise.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Improve your understanding of mental health and mental health problems, including up-to-date thinking on the nature of these
  • Reflect on your own mental health, and where you are on the continuum
  •  Learn about the nature and impact of discrimination, stigma and exclusion in mental health – arguably more damaging than any condition; this includes an examination of the media and the myths it promotes (and sometimes creates), plus the language of exclusion
  • Learn the key elements of progressive thinking and practice in mental health
  • Apply these ideas to your own workplace