SLaM’s Recovery College… latest developments

Over a two week period in July we ran a very successful pilot scheme in the Ortus Learning Centre at the Maudsley.

Ten courses were run ranging from subjects such as: How do people overcome drug and Alcohol use?, Motivation: finding your “get up and go”, The Mindful Way to Well being, Whose Mental Health is it anyway? Collaborative working in Recovery, Help, I’ve been invited to a meeting! and Train the Trainers for the Recovery College. 138 attended, including 32 SLaM staff. The evaluations were very positive for example: “it has made me determined to empower the individuals I am working with and to support them in their recovery journey”, “great to have service user input and experience”, “we have learnt so much from each other”.

As a reminder, Recovery Colleges use a recovery based approach to providing a range of educational courses and resources of people with lived mental health experience their friends, family and Trust staff. They run educational courses and workshops on a range of topics. One of the main features of a Recovery College is that all courses are co-facilitated by a peer trainer and a mental health practitioner trainer. This ensures that the expertise of both people with lived experience of mental health condition and mental health professionals work collaboratively to deliver courses.

We are now planning for the next phase of the Recovery College term (due to run late October through to December).  This includes recruiting to posts and developing more courses and more venues where they are run. If you want to find out more contact Tony Holmes tony.holmes@slam.nhs.uk .

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