Hello Students, Colleagues and Friends,
All these sessions are, as always, free of charge. Except for the DESMOND course (see below) they are open to everybody; you don’t need to have any connection at all to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. We just ask that you answer a few questions and let us know which sessions you’d like to be a part of, using one of the registration forms links below, and we’ll then send you links to the webinars you’ve chosen.
The majority of our webinars are run as Live Events on the Microsoft Teams platform, meaning that you can join anonymously and will be neither seen nor heard. Instead, you interact by typing questions and comments into a Q&A panel. Occasionally we will run a course in a Meetings format for a limited group of students, where you will be seen and heard, but these will be clearly identified as such.
If you can't make a particular live event you can still enrol and use the link we'll send you to watch a recording later.
First, three courses with their own registration process:
DESMOND: Type 2 Diabetes Education for Self-Management Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed
N.B. Only available for students with a diagnosis of Type-2 Diabetes who are also either a SLaM Service User, a SLaM Carer, or a SLaM Staff Member.
Session 1 | 10:30am-12:45pm | Tuesday 13th July
Session 2 | 10:30am-12:45pm | Tuesday 20th July
Session 3 | 10:30am-12:45pm | Tuesday 27th July
Session 4 | 10:30am-12:45pm | Tuesday 3rd August
For more details, and how to register, please read this news post:
Or go straight to the Expression of Interest/Participation Agreement form:
Traumas of Racism
Unit 1: Racism as trauma | 1:pm-3:30pm | Monday 19th July
Unit 2: Inherited distress: transgenerational trauma | 9am-11:30am | Friday 23rd July
Unit 3: Encoded norms: institutionalised racism | 1pm-3:30pm | Monday 26th July
Unit 4: Daily disregard: interpersonal racism | 9am-11:30am | Friday 30th July
Unit 5: The unsaid sinks inwards: internalised racism | 1pm-3:30pm | Monday 2nd August
Unit 6: Towards healing: thriving against the odds | 9:am-11:30am | Friday 6th August
For more details, and how to register, please read this news post:
Or go straight to the Expression of Interest/Participation Agreement form:
Parenting and Mental Health Focus Group | 11am-12noon | Thursday 15th July
A focus group on the topic of parenting and mental health recovery. Join us to hear about our plans for future courses in this topic, and to share your ideas about what would be most helpful to you. The group is suitable for anybody who is interested in how parenting (or thinking about becoming a parent) interplays with mental health recovery. You do not have to be a parent to attend.
If you are interested, please complete this Expression of Interest/Participation Agreement form:
And the rest of the courses we're offering in July (please scroll down to the end of this post for your registration links for all of these sessions):
SLaM Recovery College Courses in July
Ayurveda, the “wisdom of life”, is a traditional system of healing from South Asia. These sessions were co-developed by Ayurveda experts in Sri Lanka and the UK, Buddhist scholars and monks in the Theravada tradition, UK registered mental health professionals, and SLaM Recovery Trainers who have direct lived experience of mental health problems.
There are two workshops, one for our hands and one for our feet, both of which we will be running twice. We’ll send you the links to all the sessions, but it’s up to you as to whether you attend one, several, or all of them – taking part in a session again could help with your practice.
Self-Massage for Our Hands | 3pm-4pm | Monday 5th July
Self-Massage for Our Feet | 11:30am-12:30pm | Monday 12th July
Self-Massage for Our Hands | 3pm-4pm | Monday 19th July
Self-Massage for Our Feet | 3pm-4pm | Monday 26th July
Introduction to Beth
SLaM’s Beth website, designed for us on laptops and PCs, tablets and smartphones, is a free and secure way for our patients and carers to stay connected with their care team. For service users, Beth is very friendly and easy to use, and supports personal choice and autonomy. You can link your Beth account with your NHS number to access your health records and:
- see who is in your care team and support network
- securely message your care team
- access your current care plan
- see all your appointments
- keep track of your mood and sleep
- use free and trusted online health resources
This is a stand-alone session, repeated twice in July, so there’s no need to register for more than one.
Introduction to Beth | 11am-12noon | Tuesday 6th July
Introduction to Beth | 11am-12noon | Tuesday 20th July
Recovering Our Purpose
Having a purpose is a vital aspect in our personal recovery. Purpose brings direction and intention into our lives, and our intentions count for so much more than we usually think. Our purpose can be like a GPS for our lives, it can be a source of wisdom and energy enabling us to accomplish things we didn’t think were possible. But how are we to discover the distinctive direction and purpose of our lives? In this two-part course, drawing on the work of Jan Chozen Bays and others, we will work together to recover our purpose, and navigate and reinvigorate our lives.
Part 1 | 1:30pm-2:30pm| Tuesday 6th July
Part 2 | 11:30am-12:30pm| Tuesday 13th July
Routines for Recovery
Many studies have shown that establishing and maintaining routines filled with healthy habits is a great way towards meaningful recovery and wellbeing. In this new, three-part programme, we will learn about:
- The importance of routine for our wellbeing
- Useful tools for establishing and maintaining our routine
- Overcoming the barriers to keeping our routine
- Two webinar sessions
- An e-Learning programme (interactive, including quizzes, links, and activities that you can access at any time). N.B. We will send you a link to this programme soon.
Part 2 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Wednesday 14th July
Understanding the Impact of Substance Use on Mental Health
This two-part course explores the use of substances (drugs and alcohol) and their impact on mental wellbeing. At times, using substances can appear to be a solution but it often has a longer-term impact on our wellbeing. During these sessions, we will explore why this happens and what support is available to aid recovery.
Part 1 | 2pm-3:30pm| Thursday 8th July
Part 2 | 2pm-3:30pm | Thursday 15th July
Optimising Your Sleep
Do you have difficulty getting to sleep at night? Do you wake up early in the morning? Do you spend most of the night tossing and turning? Or do you find yourself sleeping too many hours or sleeping too much during the day? In this two-part course we will:
- Self-assess our own sleep
- Recognise the impact of the pandemic on our sleep
- Explore the benefits of sleep
- Explore how much sleep we really need
- Explore the pros and cons of daytime naps
- Address excessive sleep
- Recognise the impact of not getting enough sleep
- Explore methods for improving our sleep
Part 1 | 10:30am-11:30am| Monday 19th July
Part 2 | 10:30am-11:30am | Monday 26th July
Bereavement: coming to terms with loss | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Tuesday 13th July
This stand-alone webinar gently leads us through the four phases (or ‘layers’) of mourning as described by John Bowlby, the founder of attachment theory. We will be thinking about, and sharing, ways of supporting the grieving process. We realise that, taking part in this session, you may recently have been bereaved, or know someone who has and would like to help them. Your emotional wellbeing at this sad time is of absolute importance to us. With this in mind, we ask you to let someone who you trust know that you will be doing this webinar - this person will be your support contact. When you join us, please keep your mobile beside you in case you need to call or text your support contact. Ask them to check how you are when you start watching, and also when it ends. Perhaps your contact might be able to join with you online. We want you to know that you are warmly welcome, and that you are not alone in your grief.
Let’s Talk About Tobacco | 11am-12noon | Wednesday 14th July
An opportunity to learn about smoking and its effects from Mary Yates, Health Promotion & Wellbeing & Smoke-Free Lead at SLaM, and to hear about the range of treatments and support services that are available to assist smokers who have an interest in cutting down or quitting smoking
Topics covered will include nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), e-cigarettes/vaping, and Varenicline (aka Champix).
NEW! Finding balance: harmonising our minds and bodies
These sessions will be in the Microsoft Teams Meeting format, which means we will be able to see and hear each other, have group discussions, and share experiences and helpful tips. We’ll ask you to fill out an online participation agreement. These sessions won’t be recorded, so you’ll need to be able to make the live sessions.
This new eight-session course explores the complex and fascinating relationship between our minds and bodies. We will look at theoretical and scientific concepts of balance drawn from biology, psychology and world philosophy. Using this central idea, we will look at how our minds and bodies have evolved to maintain balance in intriguing ways. Then, we will practise experiential exercises that are aimed to facilitate a felt experience of these concepts. The sessions will conclude with a reflection on what we have learnt and experienced, and how this might change how we perceive ourselves and care for our own physical and mental health.
Session 1 – What makes up a human being? | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 15th July
Session 2 – Physical balance | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 22nd July
Session 3 – Physical balance in motion | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 29th July
Session 4 – Mental balance| 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 5th August
Session 5 – Mental flexibility | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 12th August
Session 6 – Understanding pain | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 19th August
Session 7 – Hunger and appetite | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 26th August
Session 8 – Physical and emotional regulation | 2:30pm-4pm | Thursday 2nd September
During this three-part course, we will be exploring the experience of voices hearing and of supporting people who hear voices. We will consider how voices can be both a hindrance and an asset, and how to constructively respond to them.
Enabling students to utilise self-management techniques, we will also help people find organisations and sources of support. We recommend, if it’s possible, attending all three sessions, although they can watched as stand-alones.
Part 1 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Friday 16th July
Part 2 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Friday 23rd July
Part 3 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Friday 30th July
NEW! Abandonment Issues: causes, symptoms, and what can help overcome them | 10:30am-12noon | Tuesday 20th July
This new webinar focuses on exploring the fear of abandonment. This fear can cause various harmful coping behaviours and can sabotage relationships.
The team will present insight, provide practical ways we can choose to respond to our fear, and show how we can feel hopeful for our future relationship journeys.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
A two-part course. Bipolar is a mood disorder characterised by extreme changes in mood. Although we all have mood swings, in bipolar disorder these can become unmanageable and overwhelming - individuals can experience severe and/or rapid mood swings that can last several weeks or months, far beyond the normal ups and downs. Session 1 explores how bi-polar is diagnosed, and what the symptoms and early warning signs are. Session 2 looks at how bi-polar is treated and explores self-help ideas and how to manage during the COVID outbreak.
Part 1 | 2pm-3pm| Tuesday 27th July
Part 2 | 2pm-3pm| Tuesday 3rd August
Eating Healthily to Look After Your Weight
This two-part course focuses on how to work towards a healthier lifestyle, and diet. Many of us struggle to understand the reasons why it is so hard to eat a healthy diet, and to manage our weight. We will explore what is effective healthy eating to support your physical, and mental wellbeing. We will discuss the environmental, and personal issues that affect our food choices. The second part of the course will outline how to monitor, and measure, weight, make dietary changes, and consider broader lifestyle issues. Setting realistic weight goals, and developing sustainable, and personal, action plans, will also be discussed. The course facilitators will be the Trust Head of Nutrition, & Dietetic Services, a peer recovery trainer, and a practitioner trainer from the Recovery College.
Part 1 | 2pm-3:15pm| Tuesday 27th July
Part 2 | 2pm-3:15pm| Tuesday 3rd August
Making Changes: where to start and how to maintain
The aim of this four-part course is to enable participants to explore, embrace and prepare for the challenges involved when embarking on a change of lifestyle. This may include reducing alcohol consumption or embarking on an exercise programme or a healthy eating plan.
The learning will be applicable to any type of change someone wishes to make in their life.
We will also look at decision making and managing and maintaining the process of recovery as it applies, for example, to relapse prevention.
Part 1 | 3:30pm-4:30pm| Wednesday 28th July
Part 2 | 3:30pm-4:30pm | Friday 30th July
Part 3 | 3:30pm-4:30pm | Wednesday 4th August
Part 4 | 3:30pm-4:30pm | Friday 6th August
Understanding and Managing Health Anxiety
Health anxiety is the name used when you spend so much time worrying that you're ill, or about getting ill, that it starts to take over your life; for many people, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased these types of worries.
This course will look at some of the causes of health anxiety, and the things you can do to lessen these worries, and the impact on your life.
Part 1 | 10:30-12noon| Friday 30th July
Part 2 | 10:30-12noon | Friday 6th August
FIRST TIME REGISTRATION, if you haven’t signed up to a webinar with us before:
RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION, if you have already signed up to a webinar with us before:
Please feel free to share this offer of free-to-view webinars with anyone who you think might benefit.
Visit our COVID_19 resources page for details of crisis support, covid-19 advice, online learning, online activities, and staying connected: https://www.slamrecoverycollege.co.uk/covid-19-resources.html
With very best wishes,
The team at South London and Maudsley Recovery College
Although these courses are free, SLaM Recovery College operates with charity funding. If you feel these webinars help you, and you are able to, please consider making a donation to the brilliant Maudsley Charity which supports innovative wellbeing projects in our communities.
There is, of course, no obligation to make a donation.
This is the link to make a donation if you'd like to: