Training and Education

We offer a selection of education and training programmes geared towards empowering people with mental health problems and their families to steer their own recovery. Take a look at the course overviews below to see which course meets your needs.


The Family Education Course

The Family Education Course recognises the family as a very important factor in a person’s mental health recovery. This course is designed to help families develop the knowledge and skills to support their loved one on his or her recovery journey.


  1. To meet family members’ and friends’ needs for information in a structured way
  2. To explore the journey of recovery for relatives and friends of people with mental health difficulties
  3. To provide an environment for relatives and friends to meet others with shared experience in order to reduce isolation and stigma
  4. To encourage participants to recognise their own recovery needs
  5. To build practical skills that benefit everyone

The seven two-hour sessions are run over 7 consecutive weeks and participants are asked to commit to attending all 7 sessions. The topics in order are:

Session 1
Relatives’ Needs in the Recovery Journey

Session 2
Experiences of People with Mental Health Difficulties

Session 3
The Admission Process and the Mental Health Services

Session 4
Life Hope, Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Session 5
Challenging and Overcoming Stigma

Session 6
Effective Communication in the Recovery Process

Session 7
Relatives’ Self Care in the Recovery Process

The course is suitable for any family member or friend of a person with experience of schizophrenia or related mental illnesses, who wish to explore enhancing their support skills.


The Taking Control Workshop

The ‘Taking Control’ Workshop is about learning practical ways to face life’s challenges. You’ll work on maintaining and taking control of your physical and mental wellbeing.

The Aims of the Taking Control Workshop are:

  • To build resilience in the face of life’s challenges and setbacks
  • To enhance coping skills, especially pre-existing ones
  • To build and support self esteem and confidence

After participating, people will:

  • Be aware of positive factors in their lives
  • List positive skills and knowledge they bring forward with them
  • Recognise the physical, mental and emotional effect of stressors
  • Have action plans to safeguard against these stressors
  • Be aware of opportunities and avenues open to them
  • Know professional supports available to them
  • Have set goals and have created an action plan around these

The workshop is divided into 4 modules:
Module 1.        Self Esteem and Positivity
Module 2.        My Coping Skills
Module 3.        Changing the Weather in my Head: Signposting my Supports and Paths to my New Life
Module 4.        Being Resilient: Taking Control


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

WRAP is for anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, or increase their enjoyment in life. It recognises that we are all recovering from something and that recovery is about learning to cope with and overcome life’s challenges in a way that allows you feel good about yourself and to get on with things.

WRAP is a plan developed and put in place by you that can help you be more resilient to stressful events or situations.

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the ‘stress vulnerability model’
  2. Understand recovery in the context of their own lives
  3. Recognise WRAP as a framework for wellbeing
  4. Understand the Wellness Recovery Action Planning process and be able to apply it to their own lives
  • Develop a wellness toolbox
  • Develop a daily maintenance plan
  • Identify the antecedents of their poor mental health (triggers) and develop a plan to address these
  • Identify their signs of breakdown and develop a plan to combat these
  • Recognise and acknowledge crisis in their lives and develop advanced directives for periods of crisis
  • Identify supporters to implement their advanced directives
  • Develop a post crisis plan to regain control of their life


The Finding My Way Course

The Finding My Way Course is a plan to guide your recovery. When you are affected by a disorder, your life changes. Recovering can be a long and difficult process. You will find that it’s often necessary to learn new coping skills or even to re-learn old ones.

Although there is no ‘cure’ for psychotic type experiences or depression, there is every chance of recovery. The first factor in recovery is you. For successful recovery, you must recognise and work on your own strengths.


The second factor is developing good supports. Recovery works best when you access people who are interested and able to support you in your journey.

The third factor is effective use of medication. You can improve your chances of recovery when you understand in what way medication contributes to it.

The Finding YOUR Way Course can help you to do these things and manage your recovery. The course will give you the opportunity to explore and learn about your symptoms, their treatment and the management and recovery from mental distress.

There are eight parts to this course and participants are encouraged to take part in all eight to ensure they get a full appreciation of the principles of recovery.


To get more information about any of these courses, please contact your nearest Regional Development Office.

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