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Classroom Courses Sep - Dec 2022

Our timetable for Sep - Dec 2022 is now available to view here.We also have a range of sessions specifically designed for Friends, Family & Carers and a six session course on life after domestic abuse.

How to Book 

To book a course you first need to be registered with the college, which you can do by completing our online registration form. To find out if you’re eligible to register with the college check out our eligibility criteria first. We recommend that students chose no more than three courses to book at any one time.

In line with COVID guidance and with the added factor of community venue access, some courses may be relocated or will be delivered via MS Teams at short notice.  Please pay close attention to the timetable and your booking confirmation to ensure you know where/how your course is being delivered.

For sessions delivered in person, numbers per class have been reduced and while masks are no longer mandatory, we are happy for you to continue wearing your mask should you prefer.

Note: In order to be fair to all students, if you miss more than one session of a course you may not be able to continue with the remaining sessions. It is important that you contact the college immeditately after missing a session to check whether you can continue with your course - a decision will be made based on the complexity and sensitivity of that course.


For those who prefer a classroom environment but want to learn from home, we run a number of interactive webinars each week via MS Teams. These are available to everyone (registered or not). Groups are limited to between 6 and 8 per session, so if you're interested in attending one of the sessions below just email us at, remembering to provide your full name and telephone number:  

Dear Students,

Due to the Summer Holidays we will not be runnig any webinars.

The next set of webinars will start W/C 5th September.


Bookings are on a first come first served basis, and we advertise new session dates regularly on this page, so check back to see what's coming up in future weeks. If you'd like to know more about what each of our webinars covers click here .


For those who wish to continue to learn from home, we will be continuing with our webinars, and of course the E-Learning Hub; a multi-media resource for all the latest online content the college has to offer. There's no need to be registered with the college to access this service.



Our face to face courses run over three terms each year. Each new timetable is published approximately one month before it begins:

If you have any queries about our courses and want to talk to someone to find out if they are suitable for you, please contact us.









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Frequently asked questions

We know that it can be confusing when you start something new. You may have questions about our courses or about the college itself. Hopefully you will find answers to your questions below. If not, please contact the team who will be happy to talk to you.

Does it cost anything to attend a course?

Courses are free to all students registered with the Recovery College. To check if you qualify to register with the college see ‘How to Register’.

How long are the courses?

Courses range from a single 3 hr session up to and 8 session course (3 hrs a week, every week, on the same day). Our timetable will clearly show you how long each course is and how many sessions it includes.

How many people can I expect in a class?

Most of our courses have a maximum of 25 places available. Normally you can expect between 7 and 15 people turning up for each session, although there will be times when all 25 attend.

Is there homework?

Some of our courses include skills or exercises that you are asked to practice at home between sessions. I can be challenging but you’ll get the most out of your course if you manage to practice at home.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

No – our courses are about participation rather than note taking. On some courses the trainer will provide you with notes to take away with you.

Is this therapy?

No – the college teaches life skills and helps you to develop tools and techniques that will support you and allow you to take control of your own wellbeing.

Is it confidential?

Yes – you can talk about as much or as little as you want, although we’d encourage all students to participate during the class. The only reason we would have to discuss your details outside of class would be if we were given reason to worry about your safety or the safety of those around you.

How long can I keep coming to the college?

You can keep attending the college for 12 months after you have been discharged from a Trust team or service.

Can I do a course more than once if I feel I need to?

Yes – students do sometimes choose to repeat a course, particularly if they found it challenging the first time around. There are no blocks to repeating a course, however we do ask students to limit how often they repeat our most popular courses – this is to make sure new students get a fair chance to attend these courses as well.

What do I do if I simply don’t know where to start?

This is a common question, and the answer is really simple – come along to one of our open days. We hold these drop in sessions 6 times each year and they’re a great opportunity to chat with a trainer or peer trainer and figure out what courses would work best for you.

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What is recovery?

One in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem at some time in our lives.

Being diagnosed with mental illness can be very frightening. Sometimes people can lose confidence in themselves and feel very alone and scared.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Recovery is possible for everyone.

In mental health, recovery is the process of rebuilding a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life with a diagnosis of mental health problems.

Recovery is a uniquely personal journey and can mean differnt things to different people.

As the journey is so personal and individual, no-one can tell you what you need to do. Many of the courses we offer will be of help, but over time you will work out, with support, what skills and learning is most important for your recovery.

Recovery often starts with the feeling of hope and our trainers are inspirational and skilled at embodying the principles of recovery.  It involves making sense of and finding meaning in what has happened, becoming an expert in your own self-care, building a new sense of self and purpose and discovering your own resourcefulness.



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Useful resources

Here are some useful resources that provide information about mental illness

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the UK, which sets standards and promotes excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare.

A provider of online counselling and treatment for addiction and mental health related issues.

Mind is a mental health charity which provides help and support to those with mental health problems.

Rethink give advice and information on mental illness and are the largest national voluntary sector provider of mental health services and support groups.

YoungMinds is a mental health charity for children and young people, their families and carers.

Publications from Making Space, who provide care services to assist with the wellbeing of people affected by mental ill health, dementia or learning disabilities.

This website contains information about psychosis and was designed for family members and friends of people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or another illness that may result in the symptoms of psychosis.

The Mental Health Foundation is a mental health research, policy and service improvement charity. The foundation carries out research, develops practical solutions for better mental health services, campaigns to reduce stigma and discrimination and promotes better mental health for all.

Research and education for mental health professionals.

Centre for Mental Health focuses on criminal justice, employment, mental health at work, recovery and children, with supporting work on broader mental health and public policy.

Search for information about diagnoses and find out about reasearch and funding for mental health projects.

A resource centre provided by the University Hospital of Colombia and Cornell, explaining the symptoms and treatment of those with BPD.



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