Authors: Karen McCann, Ruth O'Sullivan
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Innovations in Peer Work, Innovation, quality, lived experience, workforce, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services (AMHS), QLD
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services (AMHS) operate three community care units (CCUs), two of which follow an integrated staffing model with approximately two thirds of the workforce being peer support workers.
The CCUs provides a rehabilitation environment with clinicians offering assessments, treatments and interventions. Peer support workers are employed across all 24/7 shifts and directly contribute to the recovery of consumers through sharing their own lived experience (peer support) and providing support with developing skills for independent living (rehabilitation).
We aim to demonstrate how consumers, peer support workers and clinicians can work together to be equal collaborators in the therapeutic alliance.
The presentation will outline:
• Recruitment and selection processes
• Orientation, training and supervision
• Development of portfolios and ethnographic diaries.
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