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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.
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.
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 piloting six different webinars during July, you can download the timetable here.
Supporting Parents: Co-produced by the Discovery Project this webinar aims to help parents and carers of young people explore an understanding of the impact of mental health difficulties they may face.
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.
what is Compassion and why it can be difficult at this time.
can practice self compassion and what it means to ourselves.
and from others, how we can keep the flow of compassion.
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
we talking about routine?
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Unusual experiences such as changes in thinking, hearing
voices or seeing things that others don’t can be scary and really difficult to
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
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.
Reflecting on Life with Bipolar 2 of 2: Wellness
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.
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