The Introduction to Peer Work Course allows people with a lived mental health experience to learn skills and develop an understanding about the mental health industry so that they can start their journey into work as a Peer Support Worker. The course was run over six weeks and topics covered include:
- Recovery principles
- Understanding mental illness
- Workplace communication and culture
- The peer worker-client relationship
- Stigma around mental illness
- Sharing your experience safely
10 participants completed the course this round and all gave positive feedback about their experience, with many expressing an interest in taking up volunteer opportunities or further study in the area. One participant summed it up by reporting that the course was “exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and aspire to be… it has literally guided me out of the rut I was in and into a prosperous future”. Rise hopes that all participants will use their new skills, knowledge and understanding to pursue opportunities in the mental health sector.
Rise would like to thank the Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA) for their ongoing support of course delivery in 2015. The course facilitators, Michael Akkermans (Rise) and Margaret Emmelhainz (MIFWA) were complimented by all participants on their professionalism, friendly and approachable nature and vast knowledge of the topics.
If you are interested in next year’s Introduction to Peer Work Course, register your interest at contactMH@risenetwork.com.au to attend the Information Session. More information about the course can be found here.