Developing And Integrating Evidence Based Youth Peer Education Programs Within Clinical Services

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Authors: Samantha Buis, Mia Thiedman-Brown, Kate Higgins, Cassy Nunan, Evie Thomas and Cate Bourke, VIC

Year: 2015

Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference

Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings, Eastern Health and Well Ways MI Fellowship,

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Peer support and peer education play a powerful role in influencing the recovery potential of others. Well Ways MI Recovery was designed as a peer-delivered adult education program, informed by international evidence and lived experience knowledge. It provides opportunities to develop skills and set recovery oriented goals within an environment of shared expertise. To date there has been limited peer support or education available to youth accessing clinical mental health services. In recognition of this need, Eastern Health’s Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) in collaboration with MI Fellowship, supported two youth peer facilitators to be trained as MI Recovery peer facilitators. This paper will outline the adaptations made by the youth facilitators to engage and support youth participants in the program. It will also outline the positive outcomes for participants, facilitators, Eastern Health and MI Fellowship relating to the integration of a youth peer program within a clinical service.

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