Belfast Recovery College – March 2023 Prospectus

21st February 2023

Availability on some courses due to run throughout March 2023 –


Compassion Fatigue 1st March 10am – 12:30pm @ Belfast Recovery College

Compassion fatigue is an emotional and physical burden created by the trauma of helping others in distress, which leads to a reduced capacity for empathy towards suffering in the future.  This is especially common in front line workers, however, we are all vulnerable.  This webinar looks at the symptoms and stages in Compassion Fatigue, and highlights self-management strategies that can be employed to maintain wellness.


Job skills for everyone  2nd March 2pm – 4:30pm @ Belfast Recovery College

This practical, fun and interactive course will help prepare people for job searching.  From CV writing an interviews to identify and overcome obstacles.  There will be practical hints and tips for everyone.


Group Skills 2nd March 10am – 12pm @ Belfast Recovery College

“Do you want to set up a group? Are you wondering where to start? This session will help you to decide on your groups purpose and help you understand how groups work and will be delivered from a lived and learned perspective. The session will also look at some of the skills needed to get a group started and keep it going.


Understanding Medications 8th March 11am – 1pm, Online via Microsoft teams

Are you or someone you know or help affected by medications for treating mental health issues? Would you like to know more about common side effects and what may help? If you have answered yes, or would simply like to increase your knowledge of this area you are invited to come along to our course on understanding medications.


Living with Personality disorder 9th March 10am – 1pm @ Belfast Recovery College

Personality disorders are still a poorly understood set of mental health conditions, and you may be left wondering what the term means. This workshop explores what is meant by the term ‘personality disorder’; we look at the various types of conditions and their symptoms, in particular ‘borderline’ or ‘emotionally unstable’ personality disorder.  We will also discuss myths and stigma about the conditions, examine what shapes our personalities, look at basic strategies to support people who live with personality disorder, and touches on the type of treatment for personality disorder currently offered by the Belfast Trust.


Money Management 9th March 2pm – 3:30pm @ Belfast Recovery College

Managing your money can be challenging, and is often a source of worry for many people. This short course will explore strategies that we can all employ on a daily basis to help us manage our money more effectively. The course will look at the benefits of budget planning, and show participants how to compile a budget. The course will be interactive, and will aim to empower and enable participants adopt strategies and new habits that will hopefully improve their ability to manage money.


Living with Psychosis 10th March 11am – 12:30pm , Online via Microsoft teams

This course will explore what psychosis is. It will discuss the symptoms and causes of psychosis as well as the range of treatment options available for this mental health condition. Psychosis will be discussed from both a lived experience and an educational perspective. The aim of the session is to gain or revise knowledge and understanding of psychosis, so that participants will reflect and engage positively in an individual’s recovery journey.


Expressive Writing 13th March – 3rd April 2:30pm – 4:30pm  @ Belfast Recovery College

Expressive writing is about self-expression. It helps a person to think about their experiences and put their thoughts and feelings into words. These workshops will offer you an opportunity to reflect and write in a safe, friendly and confidential atmosphere that fosters personal awareness and wellbeing.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re used to writing, the exercises and conversation will help you to write about your life and experiences; from a few lines to a story, from a list to a poem, from all the things you’ve missed over the past couple of years, to all the things you’ve gained. At each session, the facilitator (a professional writer) will read aloud a short piece of published writing (poetry or prose) and invite you to talk about how the words impact on you. Short writing prompts and exercises will then be offered to help you write about your own experiences, thoughts and feelings.


Self Care 16th March 2pm – 4pm  @ Belfast Recovery College.

This workshop looks at the culture of Self Care; its values and benefits and suggests ways in which it can be incorporated your daily life.


Personal Independence Payments (PIPS) 20th March 10am – 12pm  @ Belfast Recovery College

Do you think that you might have an entitlement to Personal Independence Payment? The payment for those who live with disabilities. There have been many changes to benefits in recent years. This interactive up-to-date workshop will explain the criteria of entitlement to this benefit, the process for claiming and the appeals process if you are turned down. It will also outline the support that is available from advice services.


Carers Assessment Support 21st March 2pm – 4pm  @ Belfast Recovery College

Come join the Belfast Trust Carer Support Service and find out more about what your key rights are as a carer. At the session you will learn the key benefits of having a carer’s assessment and what it will cover. You will also be given information about what support services you can access including our monthly activity programme.


Living with Anxiety 21st March 10am – 1pm , Online via Microsoft teams

This course will help you develop an understanding of what anxiety is, why we experience it, and how it may affect us. We also explore practical strategies to manage it, including basic cognitive behavioural and relaxation techniques. If you or someone you know struggle(s) with anxiety or panic, including as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this course could be for you.


Living with Bi-Polar Disorder 22nd March 2pm – 3:30pm @ Belfast Recovery College

Bipolar Affective Disorder is not just about experiencing the ups and downs of everyday life. It’s about experiencing extreme highs and lows that seems to take on a life of their own, independent of events around you. This webinar will discuss the experience of living with Bi-Polar for students; its causes, triggers, treatment options and ways of preventing relapse. The aim is to help students to deal with the impact of this disorder on one’s daily life. We shall try to address some of the questions you may have regarding this disorder.


Understanding Gratitude 22nd March 10am – 12pm @ Belfast Recovery College

Gratitude can be a powerful thought or feeling.   In this course you will get a greater understanding of gratitude and learn practical tips you can use on a daily basis to bring about an attitude of gratitude in your life.  In this practical course we will share how gratitude can have a positive effect on your mental health, happiness and wellbeing.


Stress Management 28th March 2pm – 4pm Online via Microsoft teams

Stress affects us all.  We are all individuals and stress affects us all in different ways.  The right amount of stress can be a motivating factor for change or to keep us stimulated.  But too much stress can be debilitating and adversely affect our mental and physical health and wellbeing.  This course will explore what stress is and its causes and how it can affect us.  Students will examine ways of overcoming stress should it become too much and identify different coping strategies for managing such stress.


Return to work with care 29th March 10am – 11:30am Online via Microsoft teams

Are you considering returning to the world of work/ volunteering?  Have you taken an absence from work because of mental illness or considering a new job?  Or, are you in the role of manager and looking for more information?  Then this course is for you.  Includes things to consider before looking for employment, benefits of work, choosing your career, gain qualifications, volunteering, your rights and the law and advice and support.


For more information or if you would like to attend a course, please drop us an email at or give us a call on 02895 043059.


We understand attending new courses can be daunting, therefore we would like to offer you help or support.  If you require any support or would like to speak to one of our peers who can talk you through the course aims, objectives and content please do not hesitate to contact us.  Either drop us an email, or give us a call using the above contact details.


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If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.