Learn online

Access Online Learning from the Recovery Education Centre

We have a programme of online learning opportunities for our students including online delivery of webinars and open access resources. We regularly update this page as we develop our online curriculum and encourage you to check back to this page for updates.

March and April timetable

Course descriptions

Types of learning include:


The podcasts are discussions between two trainers. You can listen to them through your phone, computer or tablet. To access these please see links below.

Workbooks and worksheets for you to download

These self-directed learning materials can be completed in your own time, and aim to provide you with a flavour of the content discussed in Podcasts and our Webinars. These can also be posted to you at your request. Each of the drop downs below will contain course specific workbooks.


The Webinars we host are co-developed and co-delivered by a Peer Specialist and a Professional. Our trainers will talk you through some core content and will be able to signpost you to resources that you may then want to further explore to enhance your learning.

If you are interested in attending a Webinar with us we ask that you Register and Enrol as a student first. If you are already enrolled as a student with the REC and would like to access a Webinar please let us know, and subject to availability we will be able to book you a space.


We are developing some short films between Peer Specialists and Professionals, including our colleagues in the Steps 2 Wellbeing service.


Managing Fatigue

Understanding and managing fatigue can be really important to Recovery. Causes of fatigue vary greatly, and whilst our podcasts have been developed by staff and Peers working in the Brain Injury team the principles and techniques are applicable to many of us. 

Understanding Fatigue

Managing Fatigue

Reflections on keeping a diary

There is also a workbook which documents some of the techniques used.

Being Heard

Sometimes it can feel that no matter how hard we try we aren't being heard. Whether it's with health care workers or organisations which, as a customer, things of importance aren't being considered with the importance we feel it should. There are many reasons why this might be happening, and it happens to us all at different points.

We are working on developing a number of podcasts and hope to have a webinar in the near future covering this in more detail. Our first podcast is in partnership with Citizens Advice.

Getting Yourself Heard: How can we do this?

Having Choices

Seldom Heard Voices


Mindfulness is a term that many of us have come across but unpicking what is meant by mindfulness and how you might use the skills. 

Mindfulness Practice or Practise Mindfulness

Finding My Mindfulness

Personal Recovery

"Recovery is based on simple human needs:

To have hope for the future, 

To feel somewhat in control of your life and to be able to access to the ordinary things that make life meaningful  - somewhere to live, something to do, someone to care about you, and a feeling that you are a part of society, not excluded from it” 

(Shepherd et al.2014. p18)


In our podcasts below some of the team discuss Recovery in more detail. We also offer Webinars on Recovery during term time and have a study group. For more information contact the office. 

Exploring Recovery: The Impact of COVID

Exploring Recovery: The Context of Community

Exploring Recovery: Hopes and Aspirations

Exploring Recovery: Wellbeing

Employment with Dorset Work Matters

Meaningful occupation or employment can look very different for everyone. We understand however that it can be incredibly positive in an individual's Recovery. 

"Dorset Work Matters is a new service for individuals with a mental health condition who are under the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and wanting to gain PAID employment. Employment specialists work using the Individual Placement Support approach. Referrals are made through the CMHT." For more information about Employment Services visit their webpage.

We have collaborated with Dorset Work Matters to co-produce a series of podcasts:

Looking for a job with Dorset Work Matters

Starting a job search with Dorset Work Matters

Managing your Wellbeing at Work with Dorset Work Matters

Understanding Transferable Skills

Preparing for a Job Interview

A Confident Performance at a Job Interview


Thinking about how we can be compassionate to ourselves and to others during this period of social distancing and isolation has been an important topic for us. In this set of three podcasts Tracey and Jane explore the flow of compassion which includes: compassion to others, self-compassion and the ripple effect that can be seen when we are compassionate in our communities. Compassion is one of the most powerful ways of coping and building resilience.

Podcasts about compassion:

•Exploring what is Compassion and why it can be difficult at this time.


•How we can practice self compassion and what it means to ourselves.


•Compassion to and from others, how we can keep the flow of compassion.


Download our workbook. It is not necessary for you to listen to the podcasts to be able to use the workbook.


Identifying our values can really help us to manage our wellbeing, to set goals and to make decisions. In this series of podcasts Tracey and Angela discuss how you might go about identifying or connecting with your values and when there may be barriers to acting in a way which is aligned with them.


We also have a workbook and during term time run a webinar about Values too. 


In this series of 4 podcasts Marie and Kerry talk about the importance of having a balanced routine with a range of activities. They discuss why this can be difficult in these strange times and how they are adapting and creating new routines to help them manage their wellbeing.

Podcasts about Routine:

•Why are we talking about routine?


•Self-care routines.


•A routine which includes social and pleasurable activities.


•Making a routine back you up


Download our workbook. It is not necessary for you to listen to the podcasts to be able to use the workbook.

Supporting Someone’s Recovery: For carers, family member and friends

In this special series of podcasts we are bringing together staff, and carers from Rethink Mental Illness in Dorset, Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

Am I A Carer, Or Am I Just A Mum, A Daughter, A Son, A Wife, A Husband, A Friend?

Looking after your wellbeing as a carer

Looking after your wellbeing as a carer 2 of 2 

Experience of a Crisis when Caring for Someone

Below is a video of our trainers sharing a presentation which discusses supporting someone you love during COVID:

Supporting a loved one during COVID

Coping with COVID-19

Lockdown easing and restrictions changing will have an impact on us all. In these podcasts we discuss openly and honestly how we are finding the changes and reference how we are using some of the techniques (which you can find in Bitesize Skills) to help us cope. 

Coming out of Lockdown - Part 1

Coming out of Lockdown - Part 1 - Workbook

The videos below explore different areas and techniques that you may find helpful when coping with challenges and feelings of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 pandemic.

These videos have been developed in a new collaboration between the Recovery Education Centre and the Steps2Wellbeing service. Bringing together lived experience and our joint expertise. The videos have been co-developed specifically with Coping with Covid in mind, we hope the information shared in them is helpful and of use at this difficult time. The Steps2Wellbeing service have other Coping with Covid resources available on their webpages https://www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk/covid_19/covid_19/covid_19_resources/


Coping with COVID: Anxious thought

Coping with COVID: Fight or Flight

Coping with COVID: Relaxation

Coping with COVID: Self Soothe

Coping with COVID: Sleep

Coping with COVID: Routine Part 1 and Part 2

Introduction to Spirituality

Spirituality plays a really important part in our wellbeing, we may not see ourselves as spiritual at all, however connecting with things that make you take a breath, that make you feel a part of the world you are in, and that you feel a sense of lighting up when you share with others. These resources explore with you how you might connect with those things, and recognise them as being a fundamental part of who you are.

Bitesize Skills

These short bitesize film clips and worksheets focus on different skills and techniques that we hope you find helpful. They are examples which we often explore and practice in our Recovery Education Centre courses. We have started with ones that people find helpful when looking after their wellbeing, and commonly use.

Physical Grounding clip and worksheet

Mental Grounding clip and worksheet

Self Soothe Grounding clip and worksheet

STOPP clip and worksheet

Circles of Control clip and worksheet

Gratitude clip and worksheet

Comfort Zone and worksheet

Stress Bucket and worksheet

Window of Tolerance and worksheet

WiseMind and worksheet

Cycle of Emotion and worksheet

If you have any feedback that you would like to leave us about our videos please contact the REC office on 01202 584478, or alternatively send an email to: dhc.recovery.educationcentre@nhs.net we also have a short survey if you would prefer to complete this: https://gthr.co.uk/8edb


Mentally Healthy

Looking after our physical health can really have an impact on our mental health. We are currently developing a series of podcasts which cover Sleep, Food and Mood, and exercise or activity.

Understanding Unusual Experiences

Unusual experiences such as changes in thinking, hearing voices or seeing things that others don’t can be scary and really difficult to manage.

It can also be difficult to understand, help or offer support to people who may experience these things. In this series of podcasts our trainers discuss what unusual experiences are, how they can be impacted on by difficult situations (such as a pandemic) and ways in which some people manage them.

Understanding Unusual Experiences: 1 of 3

Understanding Unusual Experiences 2 of 3

Exploring Bipolar

In this short series of podcasts we explore what it means to have a Bipolar diagnosis and how during difficult or unusual times (such as during the pandemic) some of those early, mid and late warning signs might be appearing. We also hear experiences from our trainers about an area which isn’t often covered and that is the role of that middle area, when moods aren’t either high or low but instead we feel well.

There are two documents available for you to download. We have a workbook and also an information booklet which we often use during our usual face to face courses.

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition

In this series of podcasts we have worked with staff from the Community Adult Asperger’s Service in Dorset to share experiences of how living with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition may be impacted on by living in a pandemic. Specifically; we look specifically at managing worries about change and how family members or friends may be able to help.


Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 1 of 4: Life in the pandemic

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 2 of 4: Supporting People On The Spectrum

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 3 of 4: Change

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition 4 of 4: Fear and Anxiety 

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