Authors: Jennifer Maries
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 'From Within': The Spirituality of Peer Support
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
This paper explores the extent to which peer support can be said to involve working with the spirituality of consumers of mental health services. It proceeds from an understanding of spirituality as that which at its most basic level concerns meaning-making. Examples from the author’s own practice are given to demonstrate the spiritual skill of consumers, and the ways in which peer support can be used to work flexibly and creatively with consumer spirituality. The facility of the Intentional Peer Support (IPS) model, along with other characteristics of peer support, for enabling this aspect of the work, are discussed. Lastly, the interface between spirituality and the politics of the consumer movement is considered.
All views expressed in this paper are mine and do not reflect the position of my employer.
Vignettes have been de-identified, and permission obtained from consumers to use vignettes.
HOW TO REFERENCE THIS PAPER
Maries, J, "'From Within': The Spirituality of Peer Support" (2018), Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar Contemporary TheMHS in Mental Health Services, Adelaide Conference Proceedings 2018, TheMHS Conference, Adelaide, Australia