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We are currently working hard to develop a programme of online learning opportunities for our students. Over the coming weeks we are hoping to build on and develop our curriculum and encourage you to check back to this page for updates.

Autumn 2020



Types of learning include:


The podcasts are discussions between two trainers. You can listen to them through your phone, computer or tablet. To access these please see links below.

If you have any feedback that you would like to leave us about our podcasts please contact the REC office on 01202 584478, or alternatively send an email to: dhc.recovery.educationcentre@nhs.net we also have a short survey if you would prefer to complete this: https://gthr.co.uk/99b0

Workbooks and worksheets for you to download

These self-directed learning materials can be completed in your own time, and aim to provide you with a flavour of the content discussed in Podcasts and our Webinars. These can also be posted to you at your request. Each of the drop downs below will contain course specific workbooks.


The Webinars we host are co-developed and co-delivered by a Peer Specialist and a Professional. Our trainers will talk you through some core content and will be able to signpost you to resources that you may then want to further explore to enhance your learning.

If you are interested in attending a Webinar with us we ask that you Register and Enrol as a student first. If you are already enrolled as a student with the REC and would like to access a Webinar please let us know, and subject to availability we will be able to book you a space.

We are currently working on our Autumn Term 2020 timetable.


We are developing some short films between Peer Specialists and Professionals, including our colleagues in the Steps 2 Wellbeing service.


Thinking about how we can be compassionate to ourselves and to others during this period of social distancing and isolation has been an important topic for us. In this set of three podcasts Tracey and Jane explore the flow of compassion which includes: compassion to others, self-compassion and the ripple effect that can be seen when we are compassionate in our communities. Compassion is one of the most powerful ways of coping and building resilience.

Podcasts about compassion:

•Exploring what is Compassion and why it can be difficult at this time.


•How we can practice self compassion and what it means to ourselves.


•Compassion to and from others, how we can keep the flow of compassion.


Download our workbook. It is not necessary for you to listen to the podcasts to be able to use the workbook.


In this series of 4 podcasts Marie and Kerry talk about the importance of having a balanced routine with a range of activities. They discuss why this can be difficult in these strange times and how they are adapting and creating new routines to help them manage their wellbeing.

Podcasts about Routine:

•Why are we talking about routine?


•Self-care routines.


•A routine which includes social and pleasurable activities.


•Making a routine back you up


Download our workbook. It is not necessary for you to listen to the podcasts to be able to use the workbook.

Supporting Someone’s Recovery: For carers, family member and friends

In this special series of podcasts we are bringing together staff, and carers from Rethink Mental Illness in Dorset, Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

Am I A Carer, Or Am I Just A Mum, A Daughter, A Son, A Wife, A Husband, A Friend?

Looking after your wellbeing as a carer

Looking after your wellbeing as a carer 2 of 2 

Below is a video of our trainers sharing a presentation which discusses supporting someone you love during COVID:

Supporting a loved one during COVID

Coping with COVID-19

The videos below explore different areas and techniques that you may find helpful when coping with challenges and feelings of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 pandemic.

These videos have been developed in a new collaboration between the Recovery Education Centre and the Steps2Wellbeing service. Bringing together lived experience and our joint expertise. The videos have been co-developed specifically with Coping with Covid in mind, we hope the information shared in them is helpful and of use at this difficult time. The Steps2Wellbeing service have other Coping with Covid resources available on their webpages https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/covid_19/covid_19/covid_19_resources/

Coping with COVID: Anxious thought

Coping with COVID: Fight or Flight

Coping with COVID: Relaxation

Coping with COVID: Self Soothe

Coping with COVID: Sleep

Coping with COVID: Routine Part 1 and Part 2

Introduction to Spirituality

Spirituality plays a really important part in our wellbeing, we may not see ourselves as spiritual at all, however connecting with things that make you take a breath, that make you feel a part of the world you are in, and that you feel a sense of lighting up when you share with others. These resources explore with you how you might connect with those things, and recognise them as being a fundamental part of who you are.

Bitesize Skills

These short bitesize film clips and worksheets focus on different skills and techniques that we hope you find helpful. They are examples which we often explore and practice in our Recovery Education Centre courses. We have started with ones that people find helpful when looking after their wellbeing, and commonly use.

Physical Grounding clip and worksheet

Mental Grounding clip and worksheet

Self Soothe Grounding clip and worksheet

STOPP clip and worksheet

Circles of Control clip and worksheet

Gratitude clip and worksheet

Comfort Zone and worksheet

Stress Bucket and worksheet

If you have any feedback that you would like to leave us about our videos please contact the REC office on 01202 584478, or alternatively send an email to: dhc.recovery.educationcentre@nhs.net we also have a short survey if you would prefer to complete this: https://gthr.co.uk/8edb


Mentally healthy

Looking after our physical health can really have an impact on our mental health. We are currently developing a series of podcasts which cover Sleep, Food and Mood, and exercise or activity.

Understanding Unusual Experiences

Unusual experiences such as changes in thinking, hearing voices or seeing things that others don’t can be scary and really difficult to manage.

It can also be difficult to understand, help or offer support to people who may experience these things. In this series of podcasts our trainers discuss what unusual experiences are, how they can be impacted on by difficult situations (such as a pandemic) and ways in which some people manage them.

Understanding Unusual Experiences: 1 of 3

Understanding Unusual Experiences 2 of 3

Exploring Bipolar

In this short series of podcasts we explore what it means to have a Bipolar diagnosis and how during difficult or unusual times (such as during the pandemic) some of those early, mid and late warning signs might be appearing. We also hear experiences from our trainers about an area which isn’t often covered and that is the role of that middle area, when moods aren’t either high or low but instead we feel well.

There are two documents available for you to download. We have a workbook and also an information booklet which we often use during our usual face to face courses.

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition

In this series of podcasts we have worked with staff from the Community Adult Asperger’s Service in Dorset to share experiences of how living with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition may be impacted on by living in a pandemic. Specifically; we look specifically at managing worries about change and how family members or friends may be able to help.


Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 1 of 4: Life in the pandemic

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 2 of 4: Supporting People On The Spectrum

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 3 of 4: Change

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 4 of 4: Fear and Anxiety 

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