Authors: Jennifer Maries
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: From Within: The Spirituality of Peer Support
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This presentation 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 presenter’s own practice as a peer support worker are given to demonstrate both the spiritual skill of consumers, and the ways in which peer work can be used to work creatively and flexibly with consumer spirituality. The facility of the IPS model, along with other structures and 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. Delegates who attend may expect to gain an understanding of the intersection between peer support practice, spirituality, and politics; and how a spiritual element to recovery may be facilitated ‘from within’.