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May 2014

The Role of Medication

May 14, 2014 @ 1:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0
St Vincents, Queen Caroline Street W6 9PJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Medication can be a significant factor in keeping people with mental health problems well. However, people may need to live with distressing side effects and not really understand why they are taking the medications that have been prescribed. This workshop will try to explain the role the medication has in terms of people’s recovery and will explore some of the issues relating to the use of medication and how to get the best medication regime for your needs.

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An Overview of the Mental Health Act

May 23, 2014 @ 1:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0

The Mental Health Act 1983 and your rights. This course offers an overview of the Mental Health Act 1983. It will cover compulsory admissions to hospital, how patients are detained and why, the different sections and their impact on the patient and when this can be challenged and how. There will be discussion around consent to treatment and the use of Community Treatment Orders.

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June 2014

Dual Diagnosis

June 5, 2014 @ 1:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0
St Paul’s Training Centre, St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9PJ United Kingdom
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Dual Diagnosis is a loose term for clients with a mental illness whose alcohol and/or drug use is either a problem or becoming a problem. There are many myths in regard to this condition, from ‘nothing can be done’ to ‘why don’t they help themselves?’ The condition and these issues are explored in depth, and a range of treatments and strategies presented and discussed.

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July 2014

Spirituality And Wellbeing

July 9, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

This short course is about providing an opportunity to explore the place of spirituality and/or religion within wellness and recovery. The course will look at the role of spirituality within recovery journeys and discuss how different belief systems can help some people and possibly conflict with a medical understanding of mental health.

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Community Treatment Orders

July 11, 2014 @ 1:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0

During this session we will look at what community treatment orders (CTOs) are, how they are made, who they are intended to be used for and importantly, what rights patients have while on a CTO including rights of appeal. We will review what happens if a CTO patient is recalled to hospital and what options there are after that. We will also explore claims that some patients may have been wrongly advised about their legal position on a CTO and…

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October 2014

Race, Ethnicity And Mental Health

October 1, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
St Paul’s Training Centre, St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9PJ United Kingdom
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People from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds can often be poorly served by mainstream mental health services. This course looks to explore some of the wider issues relating to different cultural understandings around mental health and how these can conflict with western medical practice. The programme will also look at the experiences of different ethnic and racial groups within the mental health services, why these services often fail to meet the needs of these groups and how they form a…

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Who’s The Expert In Mental Health?

October 14, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

This workshop seeks to explore the ideas of “expertise” within mental health services. It will look at the differences between a medical and social model of mental health practice and how expertise is defined within both. It will seek to emphasise the importance of the expertise of lived experience of mental health problems and how this expertise can be used to support recovery. The session will also encourage reflection on relevant expertise on a personal level.

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Understanding Mental Health Act Tribunals

October 22, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

During this course we will look at how and when you may apply for a tribunal. There will be discussion of the make up and process of the tribunal and how tribunals reach their decisions. We will identify the role of your lawyer and the hospital in the proceedings. Finally, participants will understand when and how to challenge a tribunal’s decisions.

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December 2014

Managing Holidays and Anniversaries

December 15, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
St Paul’s Training Centre, St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9PJ United Kingdom
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Holidays, anniversaries and birthdays can be difficult, bringing up painful emotions for some people especially if your support network feels fragile. This workshop allows space to explore the difficulties and share ideas and strategies to help you manage them and feel better.

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Exploring Issues Around Food And Eating

December 18, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

This workshop aims to help people to have some understanding of issues they may have with food and under or over eating. It will also look at alternative methods of support for those who feel they need it, or supporting others who may.

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Confidence Building

December 19, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

This session will present a range of different problem – solving techniques particularly helpful in working through difficult issues in relation to recovery planning. Participants will be asked to try out and experiment with some of these techniques and share their findings.

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January 2015

Understanding Eating Disorders

January 20, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

This workshop will help people to gain a better understanding of what it means to have an eating disorder and how eating disorders are diagnosed. It will also explore the main treatments that are available and offer some information on staying well whilst living with an eating disorder. Alternative methods of support beyond the mental health services will also be explored.

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Getting Your Message Across

January 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Hounslow Centre For Professional Development, 78 St John's Rd, Isleworth
London, TW7 6RU
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Interpersonal communication is vital if people want to maintain or extend their social circles. This workshop will show how communication can either be successful or fail, using structured exercises that explore the factors that influence communication. The session will go on to show how participants can modify different elements of the way they communicate in order to do so more effectively.

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Dealing With Medication Side effects

January 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
West Thames College, West Thames College, Isleworth, London Road
Greater London, TW7 4HS
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Medication used to treat mental health problems can result in side effects that can be extremely distressing. This can sometimes lead to people coming off medication suddenly, or without the support of their care team, which can seriously jeopardise their recovery journey. This workshop will thoroughly explore the issues relating to medication side effects and will look at strategies that can be used when people are having problems with medication.

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February 2015

Working Positively With Your Psychiatrist

February 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

The Psychiatrist plays a pivotal role in the care of most people with mental health problems, therefore it is vital that people have a positive relationship with him/her and that relationship supports their recovery journey. This workshop will explain the role of the Psychiatrist within the context of a person’s care and explore strategies for getting the best outcomes in order to move forward in your recovery.

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Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

February 13, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
Hounslow Centre For Professional Development, 78 St John's Rd, Isleworth
London, TW7 6RU
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This workshop seeks to better understand why some people experience OCD and to consider how it affects people and their ability to live day to day with the condition. The session will also look at some of the ways people can manage the thoughts and compulsive behaviour and will signpost people for further help.

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March 2015

Introduction to Dementia – A Family Perspective

March 9, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
Hounslow Centre For Professional Development, 78 St John's Rd, Isleworth
London, TW7 6RU
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A course for family and friends of people with dementia. This course will explore practical and emotional coping strategies. It will give carers a chance to share experiences and resources with others in a similar situation.

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Negotiating Coming Off Medication

March 19, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

Taking medication can be an issue for many people with mental health problems. Whether it's distressing side effects, not wishing to take medication in the long term or not believing them to be of benefit. Many people decide that they wish to come off medicatino at some point or another. Suddenly stopping can have catastrophic consequences, therefore this course is designed to help people who are questioning whether or not to continue taking medication, to do so in a safe…

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Strategies To Improve Your Memory

March 23, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
Hounslow Centre For Professional Development, 78 St John's Rd, Isleworth
London, TW7 6RU
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A course for individuals with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment, as well as family, friends and staff. The course will provide information about memory function and what can affect it. It will provide strategies for coping with memory difficulties, both for the individual and those around them.

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September 2015

Learning About Thinking, Emotions And Relationships – Using skills from A Mixture Of Psychological Therapies

September 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
THe Centre For Independent Living, 1 Bayham Rd
West Ealing, W13 0TQ
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A 10 week course (1 and a helf hours per week) It's for you if you: • Feel that others don't understand or value you • Feel that sometimes it's a struggle to cope with your emotions/feeling overwhelmed • Have suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself through alcohol, drugs or by not eating/overeating or have actually done so • Find that you have problems keeping friends or maintaining family relationships • Find yourself repeating patterns that are unhelpful •…

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Carer Training Programme

September 28, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0

A seven week programme for Carers of people with functional mental health problems, such as Schizophrenia,Bipolar Disorder and Depression. The topic sessions are: • Mental Health Problems and early warning signs • Medication and other treatments available • Enhancing communication with loved ones • Dealing with crisis, carer’s rights and the mental health system maze • Problems in caring and how to tackle them • Dual Diagnosis • Promoting your own recovery and well-being The training has been developed with…

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Introduction To Recovery

September 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

This one day workshop offers an introduction to the philosophy and practice of recovery. It covers the history of the recovery movement and also seeks to dispel a number of commonly held myths in relation to mental health. The day will provide a foundation for thinking about personal recovery and will act as a basis for further exploration on recovery themes and practice.

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Developing Positive Relationships

September 30, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

Have you experienced difficulties in maintaining relationships? Do you sometimes struggle to form relationships? Relationships with people be it our family, our friends or people we are meeting on courses or at work can be very tricky. We can get ‘stuck’ in patterns of unhealthy or difficult relationships. This workshop seeks to explore what is a ‘positive relationship’. We will then go on to think about what skills we all need to help us develop and maintain good relationships.

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October 2015

Understanding Bipolar Disorders

October 2, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

This workshop will help people to gain a better understanding of what it means to have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and the various treatment options available. It will begin to explore people’s personal experiences and ways to stay well.

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Skills For Employment

October 8, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

This is a 7 week course for people who have experience of mental distress and are considering starting or returning to work. The course will help you to identify your existing skills as well as helping with practical topics such as CV writing, interview skills and job searching. You will also have an opportunity to explore issues around what to disclose to prospective employers, as well as your rights and some information about benefits. There will also be opportunities to…

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Understanding Self Injury

October 9, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

A workshop for service users, carers and staff which provides a broad overview of self injury and focuses on the many reasons why someone might feel compelled to harm themselves. This workshop is suitable for anyone who would like to know more on this topic. Everyone is welcome wherever they might be on their self injury journey.

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Understanding Dementia

October 9, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0
St Paul’s Training Centre, St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9PJ United Kingdom
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A course for anyone who would like to improve their understanding of dementia. The course will provide an overview of the different types of dementia and how they impact on people. It will also provide practical advice on ways that we can work together to improve the lives of anyone affected by dementia.

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Understanding Personality Disorders

October 14, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
West Thames College, West Thames College, Isleworth, London Road
Greater London, TW7 4HS
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This workshop will explore what is meant by the term Personality Disorder and how the condition is diagnosed. It will also look at specific treatments available as well as ways that people can help themselves.

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Living with Bipolar Disorders

October 16, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

This workshop follows from the Understanding Bipolar Disorders workshop. It will give more time to discussion, strategies and techniques that people find help them to manage their experiences and stay well while living life to the full.

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Understanding Permitted Work

October 19, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
St Paul’s Training Centre, St Paul’s Training Centre, Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9PJ United Kingdom
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Did you know that those who receive health-related out of work benefits (e.g. ESA, Incapacity Benefit, and Severe Disablement Allowance) can do a certain amount of paid work without it affecting their benefit entitlement? This half-day course for Service Users, Staff and Carers is designed to clarify: • The different levels and types of Permitted Work and related earnings • Rules around Permitted Work and the current benefits structure • Expected changes to Permitted Work under Universal Credit

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Planning Recovery

October 20, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm UTC+0

This course aims to provide an overview of the recovery based approach to wellbeing and starts to ask participants to consider how they might go about planning their own recovery journey. It will examine different ways of doing this and includes practical exercises to help start the process.

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Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

October 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

This workshop will help you to understand the differences between disability living allowance (DLA) and PIP, the basic qualifying conditions for PIP and how and when you will be transferred from DLA to PIP. You will also get some guidance on how to complete the form to include proper consideration of your mental health condition.

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Understanding The Work Capability Assessment (WCA)

October 23, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0
West Thames College, West Thames College, Isleworth, London Road
Greater London, TW7 4HS
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This course will give participants an overview of the WCA, what to expect throughout the process and what the different outcomes mean for you and your entitlement to benefits. The course will also include the appeals procedure and where to get support.

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September 2018

Universal Credit

September 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Introduction to Recovery

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Planning Recovery

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Implementing Recovery

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Coping Skills Week 1 – Managing unhelpful thoughts

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Learning About Thinking Emotions & Relationships – Week 1

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Disclosure in the workplace

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
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October 2018

Coping skills Week 2: Developing more helpful behaviours

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Mindfulness and Self Compassion Week 1

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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Telling Your Story 1

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
Brentford Lodge, Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road
Greater London, TW8 8DS United Kingdom
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The Benefits of Exercise on Health

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm BST

Building your life

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