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Term 4 commences on Monday 21 October and finishes on Thursday 19 December 2019.

Enrolments for term 4 are now open, please find ENROLMENT FORM HERE  If you have trouble accessing the form please contact us on 6247 3821.


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Current courses

This is a list of our current courses, it will be updated regularly as new courses are co-developed.  Not all courses will be held each term.  Please see course calendar and the term schedule to see which courses are offered each term. Current term links will be added as soon as enrolments for that term are opened.

Movement is Medicine (6 week course) This course provides practical activities to help you reduce sedentary time and techniques and strategies to help you gain motivation develop achievable physical activity goals. This course is facilitated by Sam and Emily.  This course is funded under a ACT Government Sport Participation Innovation Fund grant.

Healthy Living: (6 week course) Students will be actively supported each week with a 50 minute training session to learn how to exercise correctly (understanding movement patterns and how to perform them effectively); how to make the most of exercise time and techniques to measure and plan for progression; how to design a structured exercise program that is tailored to suit their individual capacity and needs, with a focus on everyday function and performance. After the sweat out, students will also head to the classroom to learn about the principles of a healthy eating plan and facilitated discussions around the importance of basic nutrition in establishing a healthy gut. This course is facilitated by Sam and Sharon. This course is funded under a ACT Government Sport Participation Innovation Fund grant.

Get Movin’ and Groovin’: Social Sports and Fun Fitness (6 week course) This course provides opportunities for students to try out and learn skills from a variety of activities including rugby, yoga, aqua exercise, boxing, martial arts, and groove. Download the weekly program for more details. This course will be facilitated by Kylie and Emily. This course is funded under a ACT Government Sport Participation Innovation Fund grant.

Anxiety: it's not that simple (6 week course) This course guides students to begin to understand some of the causes of anxiety, help them become aware of their personal triggers and explore strategies that help them better manage and re-engage with their world. This course is facilitated by Melina and Terese.


Goal-setting for Well-being Workshop: (6 hr workshop) This workshop is a hands-on, practical guide to visualising and setting goals to experience recovery and fulfilment in life. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

a) identify areas for goal setting,

b) be able to set specific goals,

c) be able to list the steps needed to make progress with these goals, and;

d) understand the S.M.A.R.T. Goals techniques.

This course is facilitated by Nina and Fiona. Please note: Fiona will be facilitating this course with her assistance dog Leo.


Overcoming Self-Stigma: (6 week course) This course will explore the manifestations and consequences of self-stigma by first understanding societal stigma and the origins, causes and effects of prejudice, discrimination and bias. Evidence-based content will explore strategies and techniques to assist in overcoming the negative effects of self-stigma, explore the pro's and con's of disclosure and learn strategies for developing self-esteem and self-efficacy. This course is facilitated by Greg and Penne.

Creative Care for Recovery (6 weeks course) Creativity evolves as we experience, create and express! This course is an introduction to art therapy, where students will explore topics and techniques to encourage expression and reflection. No experience required. Download the weekly program for more details. This course is facilitated by J'Qui (Jacquie)


Honest, Open, Proud - (4 week course) exploring disclosure and self-stigma reduction (4 week course) Research shows those who have disclosed aspects of their mental illness report a sense of personal empowerment and an increase in confidence to seek and achieve individual goals. HOP’s main objective is to reduce the self-stigma associated with mental illness. The program was originally devised and originally by Professor Patrick Corrigan. ​It will be facilitated by Michelle and Keith. This term, HOP participants will also have the chance to participate in a research project on peer-led programs. The research project is part of Michelle’s work at ANU. Taking part in the research is completely voluntary. You can still do the program even if you don’t want to be in the research. See the flyer for more information.

Community Connection and Belonging as part of Mental Health Recovery: (6 week course) This course will introduce different ways to connect with, and participate in, the local community and discuss the benefits to mental health this can bring. Common barriers to participation, such as social anxiety, will be discussed, as well as some strategies to overcome them. Participants will have an opportunity to build connection and belonging within the group through trying sport and physical activity, craft, cooking, sharing stories and participating in team building activities. In the final session, we will explore our values and interests, research opportunities to engage in the wider community and develop a plan for engaging. This course will be facilitated by Twisty and Shadrack.

Lived Experience Storytelling (4 week course): Our lived experience stories are incredibly valuable. They help us understand our own experiences, communicate them to others and advocate for the services and supports that we need, and we can tell those stories to help address stigma and change things for the better for everyone who has a lived experience. This course will explore different ways to tell your story, based on who you want to tell it to, why you want to tell it, and what you want the people who hear it to take away. This course is facilitated by Terri and Tim. 


Navigating the ACT Mental Health System (2 week course) Finding the right mental health services that best fit with you and your situation can be a daunting process. This workshop will help you understand the key mental health services and supports available with the ACT. We will discuss what services are available from public, private and community sectors. We will also discuss tips for accessing these services. This course is facilitated by Tom and Jess.


Identifying Strengths (5 hr workshop) This workshop will explore how to identify strengths and how they can be incorporated in our recovery journeys.  It will focus on the importance of hope, relationships and strengths whilst exploring how to apply these strengths and qualities to our lives. This course is facilitated by Fiona and Ben. Please note: Fiona will be facilitating this course with her assistance dog Leo.


Exploring Problem Solving: (6 hr course)  This course explores the relationship between mental health recovery and problem solving, identifies some common decision traps, explores the relationship between problems solving, cognitive flexibility and change.  You will also learn about some of the common problem solving approaches that you could use in everyday life.

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder (3 hr course) This course guides students through Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a complex mental illness that is often misunderstood. This training has been designed to provide you with a good understanding of BPD. It will provide an understanding and examples of each of the BPD traits listed in the DSM IV and how they affect behaviour.  You will learn what “dysregulation” means, how to distinguish between the facts and stigma around BPD and the evidence-based treatments available for people with BPD.  You will be provided with useful resources and learn what support is helpful for the families of those with BPD.

Learning about Distress Tolerance – how to get through a mental health crisis without making it worse… (3 hr course) Crisis survival skills are about doing what works to get through the moment of crisis. They are concrete skills designed to help you get through a situation without making it worse. In this workshop you will learn Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills to help you build your capacity to not make things worse in a crisis.  We will cover DBT Mindfulness Skills and Crisis Survival Skills – TIPP, Self-Soothing and Distraction.  These skills are for when the crisis cannot be avoided.  The basic idea is to get through crisis situations without making them worse.  You will develop your own Crisis Survival Plan to remind yourself of the skills so that you can use them in your daily life.


Stages of Change for Recovery (2 hr course) This course will introduce students to the 'Change Model' which can be used as a tool or strategy in self-reflection and provide understanding of how people manage change. Students who attend this course will be able to:

a) understand how they manage change and how that relates to recovery

b) consider where others may be in their own cycle of change, and working with discrepancy and

c) recognise their capacity to help others whilst in different stages of change. 

Introduction to Mindfulness - a gift to yourself (6 week course) Mindfulness has been demonstrated to benefit your body, brain, and emotional wellbeing.  Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction said that mindfulness is, "paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” This course aims to guide you in the exploration of the essential qualities of mindfulness through your engagement in a range of practical, evidence-based techniques that enhance your wellbeing.  Each week you will be introduced to a new mindfulness technique that you will experiment with, practise and reflect upon.  At the completion of the course, you will take away several foundational strategies and helpful tips that will form that special ‘gift to yourself’.


How to make a ‘Tree of Life’ Dreamcatcher (3 hr course) This course is a practical craft lesson, for fun and enjoyment. It is facilitated by Jessie and Dianna. 

How to make upcycled coasters (3 hrs course A hands-on workshop for fun and enjoyment, facilitated by Jessie and Dianna.


Food for thought: (3 hr course) Food for Thought is a basic understanding of nutrition and sharing of ‘One Pot Wonders’ recipes and food budgeting. This course is facilitated by Ariel, & Ros.

DoNOHarm: Safe Storytelling (3 hrs course This workshop builds your skills to use inclusive language and minimise referred trauma. Explore personal and professional boundaries to stay safe when hearing potentially triggering stories. This course is facilitated by MIEACT Volunteer Educators

Shall We Go Down the Rabbit Hole... Exploring the 6 phases of caring? (6 week course) This course will introduce students to the six phases of caring. We begin the journey prior to diagnosis through to diagnosis (what is it, what does it mean, how do you feel?) before exploring life post-diagnosis (‘adjustment’, what does life look now?), exploration of non-finite loss and and coping strategies (how we move into the management phase). The entire course is designed to provide a complete overview of caring in any stage, or across all stages, and looking at coping strategies, psycho education, tips, well-being and a whole host of skills to help you through navigate this path and make it out of the ‘rabbit hole. This course is facilitated  by Heather and John