This course is normally a two-year course The Recovery Education Unit teaches the (1st) Certificate and (2nd) Diploma years. For those who wish to go on, the final year of the Masters course is taught at Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Health and Well Being.

The curriculum is designed to move from an exploration of the foundations of modern mental health care, to an understanding of current responses to people with mental health problems and their families.

It examines psychological approaches and acknowledges the impact of social attitudes and organisations in relation to mental health.

Recovery principles permeate the curriculum and value based thinking are central to the course.

Knowledge and skill development are assessed by the submission of four assignments per year. One module each year is delivered by Sheffield Hallam University, Critical Thinking   (year 1) and Research Methods for Practice (year 2)

It has been great to be informed and have time to reflect on the subject and how recovery principles can be applied in practice. Clinical supervision has given me confidence to apply new knowledge to practice.”

This is a 5-day course for people interested in developing recovery focussed practice.

The course will develop an understanding of the principles of recovery and introduce skills and interventions which will enable them to promote recovery for service users, families, friends and themselves.

Topics include

  • Stress Vulnerability & staying well
  • Language
  • Recovery relationships
  • Social inclusion
  • Stigma & discrimination
  • Developing a toolbox
  • And much more!

“We were lucky to have lots of experience and openness in the room, and it has been fab. Loved the group, involvement and flow of ideas, thoughts, learnt a lot through these discussions, debates. No improvements, love it”

On-line learning offers a flexible and friendly approach to learning. Participants are allocated to a tutor and are   expected to join in discussion forums and submit individual pieces of work for feedback.

Basic IT skills are required specifically, ability to create documents in Microsoft Word, use e-mail, and search the internet.

Topics include

  • The historical and cultural context of mental health
  • Stress Vulnerability
  • Collaborative working
  • Staying well
  • Recovery for older adults
  • Social inclusion, beyond symptoms and deficits
  • Psychological approaches
  • Family work
  • Recovery the contemporary context
  • And much more!

“Very though provoking course which has helped me to bring more of a recovery based approach to my work.

This is a 5-day course for anyone with an interest in family work.

The course aims to give an awareness and understanding of the principles of family work, and considers what might help.

Topics include

  • Origins of Family Interventions
  • Collaboration and relationships
  • Assessment/Formulation of family need
  • Developing a shared understanding
  • Things that might help
  • Professional and organizational barriers to working with families
  • And much more!

It has refocused my working knowledge, the importance of involving families and provided theoretical frameworks which underpin my recovery focussed practice

On-line learning offers a flexible and friendly approach to learning.
Basic IT skills are required specifically, ability to create documents in Microsoft Word, use e-mail, and search the internet.
The first course will be a pilot

The course is organized into four modules which cover the following broad areas:

  • What do we mean by mental health and mental wellness
  • What is it like to have a mental health problem
  • Mental health services and dementia
  • Recovery

This is a 2 day workshop for people who are interested in developing their specialist skills to offer short term solution focused approaches in practice.
People should be working in a mental health setting (e.g. nurses or social workers) and have direct contact with service users.
Solution focused practice is based on a way of talking with people that leads towards change. It originated in the world of therapy but has long since expanded into all contexts where a practitioner’s job is to help an other.
The course will develop an understanding of the principles of solution focused practice and introduce skills to use in practice.

Whats included?

The workshop will:
Introduce the basic principles of the solution focused approach.
Provide opportunities to discuss and practice the techniques.
Consider applications to the everyday work of course members.
Enable course members to bring some of these skills into their everyday

Who is it for? This course is designed for professionals who are working in mental health and psychiatric services such as social workers, support workers, nurses, psychiatrists,     psychologists and psychotherapists.  The course is accessible for people in part or full-time work. It consists of two separate three day workshops, one for hearing voices and one for problematic thoughts, beliefs and paranoia.

Course facilitators: The course is facilitated by Peter Bullimore and The Recovery Education Unit.

Peter Bullimore is a voice hearer who spent ten years as a psychiatric patient enduring many bouts of severe paranoia. Through learning holistic approaches and with support of the Hearing Voices Network he was able to reclaim his life from the system.

He facilitates a hearing voices and paranoia support group in Sheffield. He also runs his own training and consultancy agency, Asylum Associates, and is the founder member of the Paranoia Network.

The Recovery Education Unit is based at Fulwood House in Sheffield and is part of Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust.

We are a small team of mental health workers and service users and our courses are designed to challenge traditional notions and promote contemporary thinking about mental health practice.

We focus on what it is really like to experience mental health problems and be on the receiving end of services, and how we can recover.

All our courses are funded by Health Education Yorkshire & Humber (Specialist Skills Development) and open to application from people using services and staff in the Yorkshire and Humber region. (You may be eligible for funding, please contact us for further information).

Price £350 for 3 days, a small number of places are funded by Health Education Yorkshire specialist skills development (please contact us for details.)

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