dc: What do you think makes our courses different in mental health?
Anne: The depth that goes into the preparation and planning of these course is very impressive. I could tell you that it’s highly professional but it is also that when you come along to a course, the course embraces you. You feel comfortable, you feel respected, it is a safe space, and you can contribute at your pace. So it feels like you are ultimately driving you.
There’s no one with compliance, there’s no one setting what the goals and expectations are, that person who is doing that is you. So, what you want to get out of it is your decision. How you contribute, how you participate is entirely in your control. So it’s a very different learning setting. It promotes right from the get go the expectations of self-respect and respect for others. So it has a different flavour, but the flavour is going in the right direction and it feels really pivotal to learning today.
dc: So what would you say a dc course looks like?
Anne: It’s like a smile. The set up and the arrangement when you first come in is like walking into a smile.
dc: What would you say to someone who hasn’t been to a dc course before?
Anne: If you see promotion for the course, reach out and enquire. Ask about it, make a call, send an email or even a text. What you’ll get back is information from someone that lives that smile. It’s just about being in those spaces whether online or physical. When you get knowledge of this particular college and the courses that it runs, make that movement, do it, because the first port of call is connection.
From there you can build up more knowledge & more opportunity for yourself. Maybe even meet with someone from the college before you come along or have someone come with you when you go to a course. Give yourself permission to have the courage to take that first step.
You’ll find that those experiences are positive and comforting. All my interactions with discovery college either electronically or face to face have always been highly professional, very engaging, and always effective.
Also, if people that work professionally & have some type of practice have never been to one of your courses, I would really recommend everyone who works in social welfare or community development to come along as a point of professional development. To be a part of a course, because you’re hearing lived experience, you’re hearing professional experience, you’re getting an array of expertise that crosses all boundaries, all levels and it all compliments the learning.
It’s fresh and it’s really relevant right now.