We welcome the involvement of mental health professionals, whatever organisation they work for. They bring their expertise by clinical or professional training. Mental health professionals co-produce and teach courses as part of their job with the partner organisation. We also take graduate interns who help with the development and running of the college.
If you want to propose a course you might teach at the recovery college or get involved generally please get in touch.
Trainers include occupational therapists, employment speicalists, psychologists, nurses and psychiatrists.
The key to the success of the Recovery College is the relationship between the mental health professional and the Peer Trainer. The Co-Production occurs on an equal footing. The Practitioner will have no more authority on content of the Course than the Peer Trainer and Vice Versa.
‘There is no doubt about it the service users love hearing about the lived experience - so valuable!!’
Mental Health Professional
‘The best thing about Recovery College for me was seeing how successful running groups/courses could be in Recovery – managing one’s symptoms – giving people choice in mental health ‘treatment’ and seeing the strong element of peer support’ mental health professional
I am an Occupational Therapist in the Assessment and treatment team at Cavendish house. I undertook the PPTL’s training to enhance my skill set in delivering the Recovery Course in a more education based way, and align it with Recovery college principles.
It has been refreshing to look at things through the perspective of an educator rather than a clinician. The trainer/educator part of the role has allowed me to embrace the concept of joint learning and reduced the emphasis that the professional holds all the answers because of course we don’t!
It has been inspiring to see how students flourished in a learning environment, growing in confidence to share their own ideas and disagree on certain things without harming relationships with each other.
I found it challenging devising lesson plans to cater for every learning style but it is worth the investment to ensure that all learners are gaining the most from the course, and achieve their own learning objectives.
I would recommend anyone who enjoys meeting people from a wide cross section of society, are keen to learn about mental health recovery and improving their own wellbeing to get involved. We all learn something about ourselves and other people along the way; the emphasis is on a journey together, where what you learn and how you learn it can be surprising and profound.
Trainer with Expertise by Professional Training
‘It has been amazing to be in a learning environment with such a broad range of people. I have co-produced and taught a course on understanding psychosis and another on improving your sleep. I have seen some of the students really blossom as they have learned new ways of understanding or making sense of mental health challenges; and others whose lives have been transformed by learning how to manage their distressing voices or their insomnia. Sometimes quite simple information has made all the difference, like not drinking caffeine in the evening. The classes have been a pleasure to teach.’
Mental health professional