S51: How a PEERspective on Psychiatry is helping teach the language of therapy to men.

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Authors: Christopher Grumley, Michael Griffiths

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: How a PEERspective on Psychiatry is helping teach the language of therapy to men.

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Christopher Grumley, Senior Peer Worker for Flourish Australia is actively involved in evolving peer work to better support people in the community and mentoring workers with a lived experience of mental health issues. Christopher is a passionate advocate of lived experience and brings a wealth a knowledge to the role.

Michael Griffiths a 21 year old man from Western Sydney is currently accessing the Primary Care Psychiatry Liaison Service through Flourish Australia. Michael reflects on his journey and experiences throughout his time in the program, and likes to share how it has shaped his outlook for a bright future.

Flourish Australia’s innovative collaboration between psychiatry and peer work brings new thinking to support people who access the Primary Care Psychiatry Liaison Service (PC-PLS) in Western Sydney. For the past 18 months, outcomes have demonstrated a strong correlation between these practices becoming an integral component to support personal recovery.

Understanding the goals, practices and methods of one another, each practitioner is able to leverage from the other. This evolves into a way of working that helps overcome previous challenges, create new pathways for services and for people to manage their mental health.

Men in particular have achieved outstanding outcomes accessing this support, and are a prime example of how this model of holistic practice can make a difference in varying demographics.

Christopher Grumley, Senior Peer Worker in Flourish Australia will describe this collaborative practice, with reflections of the process and methods to support its success.

Michael Griffiths who currently accesses the PC-PLS service, will reflect on his experience with the program and share how he believes it brought him to a place in his recovery he didn’t think he could otherwise achieve.

This is an innovative and ground-breaking collaboration that will set the standard for interagency cooperation in the future.

Learning Objectives
Learning objective 1: The implementation of integrated and holistic practices between peer working and psychological intervention/therapies enable new possibilities and ways of providing one on one support. It reinforces the effect and value of peer work and the enhancement it can offer to psychiatry and other clinical practices, showcasing new pathways to care.
Learning Objective 2: Within the current culture of mental health services there is a differing approach between clinical/psychiatric services and community based psychosocial/peer support, even amongst those which are in partnership.
This presentation will show an approach that strives to and successfully uses innovation and the common elements between the two practices to formulate a strong cohesive support system for people accessing mental health services.

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