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, increase knowledge and skills and offer hope, opportunities and the tools for students to self-manage and take control.

Our courses are delivered either using the online Zoom platform or in the classroom in our campuses across Hertfordshire. Due to the COVID-19 situation and adhering to the NHS and Government guidance, we may have to change the venue and move online.  Please check dates, times and locations in advance of attending the course.

Please see below our portfolio of co-produced courses. Not every session in the A - Z is run every term as we rotate our sessions. Please visit our course booking page to see the currently scheduled courses that you can book on.

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

5 steps to wellbeing

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

Acceptance and recovery

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

Art expression for mental wellbeing

This seminar explores making visual art and mark-making for expression, communication and to support mental health and personal recovery.

Art journalling to support mental health

This course uses a combination of theory and practical exercises to support your learning and encourage you to think about how creative practice can benefit your own mental health and personal recovery.

Assertive Communication Skills workshop

Learn how to make choices in life, express your needs to others and assert important boundaries. Practice asserting boundaries in a friendly and supportive environment.

Beyond diagnosis

Recovery is a personal journey; this course discusses how to build a meaningful life after receiving a diagnosis. Learn about techniques you can try to manage your own mental and physical wellbeing better.

Building healthy relationships

Connecting with others can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. This course explores the physiological 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. This course will teach you how to set practical and achievable goals to help you achieve your dreams that support your mental and physical growth.

Discover to recover

You will learn how to recognise motivation and strengths and develop skills and tools to help you move forward in your life. This course will also explore development opportunities within the college.

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 pros and cons and the potential support you can access.

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 social media’s role in facilitating or hindering your recovery and mental 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 mental and emotional wellbeing; with simple and practical advice to live more presently.

Keeping well during social isolation

Understand how social isolation can affect your mental health and personal recovery. Learn strategies to overcome some of the practical and psychological 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 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.

Making sense of 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

Co-produced by men for men only. We will be exploring a range of issues around men’s physical and mental health and how men manage their own 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

Have you ever questioned what ‘pain’ actually is and how it affects your mental wellbeing? In this session, you will look at how the brain produces pain responses, how when you have an injury 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.

Practising self-care

In this workshop you will learn the importance of self-care: caring about yourself psychologically as well as caring for yourself practically.

Pressures of daily living

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

Self-compassion for everyday living

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

During this short course, you will understand what anxiety is and learn some strategies to self-manage your anxiety to support your personal recovery.

Understanding depression

This course helps you understand the psychological, physiological and biological causes of depression and explores practical strategies to help you better manage your depression day to day.

Understanding medication to support mental wellbeing

Students will learn about the role of medication in managing their mental wellbeing; as well as discussing the benefits, possible side-effects and how to become more confident in making choices about medication.

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

This short course will increase your knowledge of stress’s effect on you psychologically and physiologically. You will also explore practical ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life and your mental health more effectively

Wellbeing and creativity

On this course, you will see how creative thinking can be used to problem solve and improve your mental wellbeing. In additional, you will have the opportunity to try some creative techniques that will inspire you

Why having a 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.

Women’s health and empowerment

Co-produced by women for women. This course explores the physical and emotional ups and downs of life from the perspective of cisgender women (women assigned female at birth).

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.

Need help finding a course?

If you want some help to find a course that's right for you, to contact the student council about your experience or would like to put your name down for a course that's not currently running, please get in touch with us!

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