Authors: Cath Roper, Vrinda Edan, Krystyn Smale
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Strengthening the foundations for consumer work – the consumer perspective supervision framework.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Cath held one of four pioneering consumer consultant positions in mental health services in Victoria between 1995 and 1999, later becoming the first consumer academic in Australia, at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. Cath’s research and teaching interests are informed by experiences of involuntary service use. She is studying Open Dialogue.
Vrinda Edan is a consumer researcher, educator, PhD student at the University of Melbourne, and currently Acting CEO of VMIAC.
Roles in mental health services where workers declare their lived experiences and use this perspective intentionally in their work have existed in Victoria for over two decades, however, it is only relatively recently that consumer perspective has been promoted as a discipline in the mental health landscape. It is critically important that consumer workers have access to members of their own discipline for supervision.
Access to high quality, consumer perspective supervision is fundamental to developing and sustaining consumer workers in rewarding and productive careers.
A consumer-led and co-produced project has seen the development of the Consumer Perspective Supervision Framework. The Framework describes the values and principles underpinning consumer perspective supervision and explores some of the unique challenges experienced by consumer workers.
The development of the Framework will underpin further activity such as development of training and practice supports for consumer perspective supervisors, with the aim of creating a larger, more sustainable and better supported pool of consumer perspective supervisors in Victoria.
Learning Objective 1: After this presentation, participants will be able to:
* Describe the values and principles underpinning the Consumer Perspective Supervision Framework.
* Gain an insight into activity undertaken and explored in Victoria to support access to consumer perspective supervision.
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