DescriptionCarer lived experience peer workers-consultants have been playing an increasingly vital role in the Victorian mental health workforce. Their work is now emerging as an essential element in better outcomes for consumers and their families/carers/supporters.
The introduction of ‘Single Session Peer Work’ (SSPW) training both complements and is a valuable framework and tool for direct and effective peer support work. The framework is based on principles and practices of collaborative/partnership and the connections and shared knowledge of lived experience. It promotes a stance of respectful and honest engagement with carers in supporting them to identify, prioritise and begin to address their needs and concerns.
The strength of SSPW framework lies in the way it honours these priorities - by creating a process for a meaningful, contained, and ‘focused interaction’ that is flexibly directed towards achievable outcomes within the context of one or a small number of sessions.
The main workshop on 12 April is in-person at The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick, Victoria, and will run for 7 hours, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The follow-up "booster" session on 2 May will be live-streamed via Zoom, and will run for 2 hours, from 9:30am to 11:30am.
This event will cover:
- Facilitation skills and knowledge of key ideas and practices from a single session framework
- How to effectively support your direct engagement and support work with mental health carers
- Group exploration activities to ensure the workshop material is relevant to your workforce role
- Discussions of case examples and scenarios
- A collection of relevant readings
- A passionate and experienced presenter
- Dr Peter McKenzie (Carer Academic (mental health)) — The Bouverie Centre
Families & carers,
Therapeutic theory & practice,
Workplace wellbeing & practice support
Disciplines: Lived Experience Workforce
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Youth, Adult, Older Persons
09:30 to 16:30 Add to calendar
09:30 to 11:30 Add to calendar
This workshop is available exclusively to lived and living experience workforces (LLEWs) as part of the Victorian Government's Lived and Living Experience Workforce Development Program.