Authors: David Loftus and Blair Nugent, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EDUCATION / TRAINING, AUCKLAND, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In 1998, Framework Trust, based in Auckland, New Zealand, delivered a course in governance for people who have experienced mental illness. The principal author of this paper was one of the participants. The course was competency-based and divided into skills modules, covering for example presentation skills, and knowledge modules, including for example policy and planning. A survey of participants conducted a year after the course ended found that two thirds of the respondents had subsequently served on boards of trustees and had found the course useful. Increased confidence in the trustee role was a common theme. All respondents felt that governance training was valuable. Governance training for people who have experienced mental ill-health could help address the need for boards of mental health organisations to represent effectively the people they serve.