Free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing
Free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing

Courses A-Z

New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College is committed to supporting personal recovery. Our courses help build on people’s capabilities, increases knowledge and skills and offers hope, opportunities and the tools for students to self-manage and take control.

All courses are free of charge to all Hertfordshire residents over the age of 18.

Acceptance and recovery

This workshop explores the role of acceptance in aiding personal recovery and wellbeing for those in emotional pain.

Art expression for wellbeing and recovery seminar

This seminar explores making visual art and mark making for expression, communication and to aid wellbeing and recovery.

Art journaling

During this course, you will work with artists to learn about the benefits of art journaling and how this creative practice can support your wellbeing. You'll discover what art journaling is and begin creating your own art journal pages.

Beyond diagnosis

Recovery is a perosnal journey which can be aided by attending this short course,as you will gain an understnding of how to build a meaningful life after a diganosis.

Building healthy relationships

Connecting with others can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. This course explores the pshysiological and psychological benefits of having meaningful relationships.

Building opportunities

Discover how finding new opportunities and taking risks can help you on your journey to recovery.

Caring for someone with a long term illness or disability

This two-part course will help you reflect on your own situation and discuss factors that may affect your personal life whilst you are caring for someone else.

Daring to dream

Achieve your dreams! Everyone has dreams, but reaching them can sometimes be tricky.

Discover to recover

Learn how to recognise motivation and strengths as well as develop skills and tools to help you move forward in your life. Explore further development opportunities available.

Employment and self-management

Learn more about how wellbeing can influence and enhance your employment experiences. Understand your rights when sharing personal information.

Employment: the pros and cons to telling your employer about your health challenges

Explore whether to tell your prospective employer if you have a disability or mental health challenge. Learn the pro’s and con’s, and the potential support you can access.

Five steps to wellbeing

Explore each aspect of the five recognised ways to wellbeing. Examine how you can incorporate these into everyday life to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Getting comfortable with Zoom

Through a series of activities and games, you will explore the basic functions of the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Having a positive relationship with social media

This workshop will help you understand the role social media plays in facilitating or hindering your recovery and wellbeing. You will hear a student’s personal story and experiences.

Healthy living, living well

Explore how to improve and better manage aspects in your life, including your diet and sleep. You will also explore how to set effective goals to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

In the moment

Explore what ‘living in the moment’ truly means and how it can aid recovery and promote wellbeing; with simple and practical advice to live more presently.

Keeping well during social isolation

Understand how social isolation can affect your recovery journey and learn strategies to overcome some of the practical and emotional difficulties you may be facing.

Learning for wellbeing

Gain an understanding of how to better manage your emotional health and discover how learning can have a positive effect on your wellbeing.

Living well with chronic fatigue

Students who join this course will gain an understanding of the causes of chronic fatigue and will learn learn strategies to aid recovery from fatigue.

Living with a long term physical health need

Gain an understanding of how physical symptoms can affect your wellbeing and learn skills that you could use to manage your own physical health need outside of the course.

Living with long-term COVID

To come soon!

Making sense of hearing voices

Learn about the experience of hearing voices that others cannot and develop a greater understanding of this experience. Cultivate a compassionate approach to acceptance.

Men's health and wellbeing

By men for men only. We will be reviewing men’s physical and mental health and how men can look to take control of their wellbeing.

Mindfulness for everyday life

Break away from the cycle of negative thinking, critical thoughts and anxiety about the future. Learn how to live in the ‘here and now’ and see the world around you differently.

No Decision About Me Without Me. Shared decision making

This course is about how to empower yourself to to be a co-expert. You will explore shared decision making and how you can communicate effectively to those who support your wellbeing.

Pain explained

Discover how pain responses are produced by the brain, how the autonomic motor and immune systems respond, and why pain can continue after tissues have had plenty of time to heal.

Pain: the role of acceptance

In this course we discuss what acceptance actually means and how it can aid in the recovery of persistent pain.

Planning for keeping well

Explore what The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is and how it can be used when you are facing challenges which might impact on your wellbeing.

Practicing self-care

In this course, you will hear students share their lived experiences and some practical self-care ideas that have worked for them in improving their wellbeing.

Pressures of daily living

Identify the pressures in your everyday life and explores how maladaptive behaviours can be problematic to your health. Develop practical skills to deal with daily pressures and stress.

Self-compassion for everyday life

Learn about the importance of self-compassion and how it can be used to improve your wellbeing. Discover new tools to help you learn how to be more compassionate towards yourself.

Sleeping well

Learn about the stages of sleep, as well as the physiological and psychological benefits sleep has on functioning. Explore different strategies that can be used at home to improve your sleep.

Spiritual self-care

Discover different practices of spirituality, such as singing and meditation, to help you better manage your wellbeing. Learn how to incorporate them into everyday life.

Thinking holistically about wellbeing and wellness

This session gives participants the opportunity to think about the positive benefits of thinking broadly when considering routes to recovery, and how a focus on wellness rather than ill-health may be of benefit.

Understanding & overcoming stigma

Explore all aspects of stigma and how to overcome it, including self-stigma. Review disability, the importance of loss and acceptance, and unconscious and conscious bias.

Understanding anxiety

Gain knowledge of what anxiety is. Discover the methods that can be used outside of the course to better manage your own situation when anxiety starts to become too much.

Understanding depression

Understand the psychological, physiological and biological causes of depression and explore effective strategies for each of the triggers to help you better manage your depression.

Understanding medication to support wellbeing

Learn about the role of medication in managing your personal mental wellbeing. Discuss the benefits, side-effects and feel more confident to make choices.

Understanding personal recovery

Learn about the difference between personal and clinical recovery. Hear the stories of how personal recovery has supported our students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Understanding self-care

In this seminar you will learn the importance of self-care, helping you to take control by boosting self-esteem, taking action, achieving small goals and doing things that are important to you.

Understanding stress

Increase your knowledge of what the effects of stress are on you psychologically and physiologically. Explore the practical ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life.

Wellbeing and creativity

See how creative thinking can be used to problem solve and improve your wellbeing. Try new techniques that will inspire you to become more creative in everyday life.

Why having wellbeing plan helps personal recovery

Students will learn about the key concept of Wellbeing plans (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and how to use one to support themselves in their own recovery.

Womens health and empowerment

Co-produced by women, for women. Explore ways to navigate life, while making the most of opportunities, generating hope and taking control. Discuss stereotypes, expectations and ways to maintain a healthy balance in our lives.

Writing creatively for wellbeing

Learn why writing daily can have a tremendous positive effect on your mental health. Learn different forms of writing and how you can incorporate it into everyday life.

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