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Students of the Dublin North, North East Recovery College January Wellbeing Festival Invitation











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Happy Christmas

Dear Recovery College Students & Community Members.
Seasons Greetings to one and all.
We’ve had another great term and the feedback we’ve been receiving has been greatly encouraging.  With our community growing all the time, we very much hope forward to working with you in the new year
Have a healthy, restful and happy Christmas. John & all in the Dublin North, North East Recovery College.

Courses in Dublin North Spring 2018

In North Dublin Spring 2018 we will be running

Creative Facilitation Skills Training This program builds participants capacity to take roles on upcoming recovery college facilitation teams. Learners will explore the skills, roles, methods, challenges and planning approaches involved with creative group facilitation.

Start: Monday, January 29th
Format: Two day workshop

Thoughts, Feelings Actions Develop personal knowledge around how thoughts, feelings & actions interact & can work to inform our well being. This course will explore the benefits of bringing more ‘Empathy,’ ‘Compassion,’ & ‘Understanding‘ into our lives.

Start:  Tuesday, February 13th
Format: Weekly afternoon sessions

Crafts for Wellness Enjoy crafts for relaxation in an open space where we explore mental health & well being through different creative mediums in a safe environment

Start: Mid February, dates to be confirmed
Format: Weekly afternoon sessions

All Dublin North courses will take place Recovery College Room, DCU, School of Nursing & Human Sciences

Sign up on our courses here.          Recovery College, Nth Dublin Area Spring Term Poster 2018



Establishing the Dublin North, North East Recovery College

Recovery Colleges have been part of the story of mental health services development in Ireland since around 2013 when the Mayo Recovery College was launched. Since then a number of partnerships in each health catchment area have been trying to attract funding and resources to develop recovery colleges around the country, with mixed results.  As part of the Advancing Recovery in Ireland (ARI) initiative, establishing a recovery college is a key objective of each site around the country. A core group of researchers and community activists in DCU School of Nursing & Human Sciences became interested in exploring the possibility of establishing a Recovery College in Dublin North, North East. An exploratory partnership with individuals, voluntary organisations, other educational hubs and mental health services in CHO areas 8 & 9(Dublin North, North East areas) was established.

Having reviewed some of the literature and recovery college governance frameworks nationally and internationally; visited some sites and listened to presentations from a number of UK based Recovery Colleges, the team noted some contradictions in many of the existing college structures. Most colleges were established in mental health services; co-ordinated by health services staff; under health services governance; and much of the course content similar to other clinically focussed courses provided in services. Whilst recovery education is being rolled out in mental health services, it does so within an infrastructure governed by health services institutional norms that are by design in contrast to an emancipatory educational philosophy.

Together with partners we developed an alternative vision for a recovery college that was more aligned with an empowering and transformative recovery-based educational experience.  Our vision was to place governance outside of mental health services within the community and through community development principles, to grow the college as a collaborative community collective. Each partner would of course have their own governance structures, though the college itself could be governed by the collective partnership itself. Putting the vision into practice the partnership successfully applied for two year seed funding from the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit, Dublin North in December 2015. This provided us with a fantastic opportunity to develop a community recovery college in parallel to mental health and other care services. The Dublin North, North East Recovery College (DNNERC) was established in February 2016 with the first full programme of courses delivered from October 2016.





Dundalk Institute of Technology

Recovery Colleges use a ‘hub and spoke’ approach and one of our Partners is Dundalk Institute of Technology, some key passionate people are building something very special in the Dundalk area.

Evaluating the Dublin North, North East Recovery College Student Experience

One of the critiques of Recovery Colleges in the past has been the lack of evidence to show that they have had an impact on individual’s experience of recovery and enhanced their learning experience. From the outset the Dublin North, North East Recovery College developed a robust evaluation framework that would explore both of these impacts. The framework has also been shared with the other six evolving Recovery Colleges in the South of Ireland, in the hope that we can all demonstrate positive impact on participating students.

The first part of our evaluation looks at the learning on each course from student’s perspective, to ensure that what was intended by the courses was actually being experienced by students.

A second part of the evaluation uses the CHIME recovery framework (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning & Empowerment) to establish if these aspects of people’s lives have improved as a result of participating in the Recovery College.

The third part looks at whether peoples personal recovery has been enhanced by participating in the recovery college and the fourth part looks at how or if the ethos, structure and general set up of the Recovery College has a positive impact on people’s lives.

At the end of year a focus group is also convened to look at the overall student experience of being part of the Recovery College. The evaluation report for the first year of college life will be completed in March 2018 and initial findings are looking good.