S48: Empowering People to Empower People – Redefining Professional Development in the Workplace.

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Authors: Turaukawa Bartlett

Year: 2018

Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: As the needs of whaiora (people experiencing mental health issues) continue to evolve, so does the face of the mental health workforce needed to support these needs. This evolution has created the need to develop and empower a new wave of holistically competent mental health workers that are able to engage, connect, understand and most importantly enhance whaiora wellbeing. This presentation will illustrate how Careerforce – te toi pukenga* have successfully met this need by redefining the way people learn and enter the mental health sector with an innovative work based apprenticeship programme targeting lived experience mental health workers. This ground-breaking initiative looks to remove the barriers that have historically limited the professional development opportunities for lived experience workers, and challenge the stigma and discourses associated to mental health and addiction support. This employer led approach founded on validating life experiences, prioritising cultural competency and on the job learning empowers mental health workers to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and supports a natural progression towards sector leadership – Empowering people to empower people. *Careerforce – te toi pukenga is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s Health and Wellbeing sectors

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