Peer Training

A number of individual services offer training opportunities in the Brisbane North Region including:

  • Institute of Urban Indigenous Health’s Cultural Awareness Training
  • Neami National’s Launching Pad for Consumers/Carers wanting to engage with Neami
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health and Mental Health Peer Work offered on a fee for service basis by Registered Training Organisations and
  • In-house orientation/induction programs in various services.

Below is a summary of training opportunities identified to date that are specifically relevant to ‘Peers’.  Not all are offered regularly within the region as they have been developed internationally and/or have limited numbers of Australian based trainers.  Others are offered within the region if there is sufficient numbers to contract the providers in.  Some such as Peer Zone are offered in locations where the service provider has funded programs.

PeerZone is a series of 20 three-hour peer-led workshops for people who experience mental distress and addiction. The workshops explore distress, recovery and all the major life domains. PeerZone trains and supports peer workers to be PeerZone facilitators and they deliver the workshops to people using the services.

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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

The National Mental Health Commission provides this nationally consistent and high quality set of training and assessment resources, which cover the peer work specific units of competence for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC42912.  The training and assessment materials are available for registered training organisations (RTOs) across Australia to use. These allow RTOs to deliver the Peer Worker qualification for the consumer and carer peer workforce. All resources are freely available. Modules include Foundations of MHPW, Trauma Informed Care, Wellbeing and physical health, Faciliate Self Advocacy, Working with Carers.

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Mental Health Peer Workforce Management Skill Set

This 3 day hands on program is delivered by Spectrum’s industry leading trainers and utilises a mix of practical and theoretical approaches to maximise the outcomes for participants. The in-class program is supported by online resources and interactive forums. Participants are trained in leading and developing others in the community sector, applying peer work practices in mental health, and how to establish and maintain mental health peer work. 

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Mental Health Peer Leadership 

This 3 day hands on program is delivered by Spectrum’s  industry leading trainers and utilises a mix of practical and theoretical approaches to maximise the outcomes for participants.  The in-class program is support by online resources and interactive forums. In covers working effectively with other services and networks, leading and developing others in the community sector, and providing mentoring support to colleagues.

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Intentional Peer Support

Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. Based on Shery Mead’s book, Intentional Peer Support: An Alternative Approach, our Core Training is a 5-day introduction to this innovative framework and is designed to have you practicing right away.

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Brook Red

Brook Red provide training across the peer work journey (including for those hoping to move into peer work, new peer workers, or more experienced peer workers). This includes providing coaching, mentoring, and external supervision for peer workers. This is vital in supporting outstanding and sustainable peer practice and the approach is values-based, reflective, and restorative.

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Mind Australia

This five day award-winning peer work training course will equip individuals with the basic skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to undertake peer support work in the mental health field. This course is co-facilitated by people with a lived experience and is designed to create a safe space for people with a lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to explore and develop personally within this unique learning experience. Candidates will already be working or studying in mental health.

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Launching Pad

Two to four day training program for consumer participation, trainers based in NSW.

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Collaborative Recovery Model Training

The Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) is a practice model designed to incorporate practices that have been shown to assist people living within enduring mental illness.The Collaborative Recovery Training Program, based on the model, is designed to assist mental health workers to assist those living with illness.The model is relevant to the broader “system of recovery” i.e. carers, self-help and whole organisations in addition to mental health workers.

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Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

WRAP Facilitator Training:  This certificate course is co-facilitated by Certified Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators using the Copeland Center’s standard five-day agenda. Participants in this certificate course are provided with Dr Mary Ellen Copeland’s WRAP® Facilitator manual and learn how to use this manual to facilitate WRAP workshops using techniques that support a core set of values and ethics. This workshop is for anyone who has completed a Seminar I WRAP® workshop and who can illustrate WRAP® through personal examples of using WRAP® in their life.

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