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Training Supervising Peer Workers Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria Peer Worker roles are currently proliferating throughout the community mental health sector. However, most organisations lack clarity about what Peer Workers can offer, how Peer Work practice is different from other approaches and the challenges that Peer Workers face. As a result many organisations and the staff members who supervise peer workers are unclear about how to support and resource these roles. Consequently, in Australia and internationally peer workforces have a high turn-over in numbers – and a sense of doubt and mystery about the purpose and benefits of peer work pervades. This workshop aims to demystify Peer Work roles, and will provide supervisors with knowledge, skills and confidence to offer quality supervision to peer workers. Areas covered in the workshop were identified by an organisation wide investigation about our peer workforce. The workshop includes:         

Introduction to peer work The Historical Context for peer work General overview of Peer Worker roles and expectations Challenges faced by Peer Workers in the workplace Q and A with a peer worker Overview of the Intentional Peer Support model and role play Peer worker role limitations, and ethics Ways organisations can resource and support Peer Workers Approaches and concepts to assist supervising Peer Workers

Date: Time: Venue: Bookings: Cost:

June 20th 12.00 pm – 4.30pm Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, 276 Heidelberg Road Fairfield $175.00

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Vmiac e bulletin v2 issue 88 !!  
Vmiac e bulletin v2 issue 88 !!