“Thinking C.A.P.”Landmark Consumer Advocacy Training

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Authors: Northern Area Mental Health Services, North Western Health

Year: 1999

Event: 1999 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: VIC

Award level: Bronze

Award category: Best Consumer Advocacy Training Workshops

Abstract: Thinking C.A.P. - the Northern Area (or Melbourne) Consumer Advisory Panel, has achieved an historic landmark for consumer participation in mental health services, by piloting an innovative series of Consumer Advocacy and Representing Training Workshops, in March and April 1999. More than 15 mental health service consumers, with varying levels of advocacy experience, participated in the series of 3 workshops. Workshop facilitators and designers - consumers Allan Pinches and Ria Strong - worked creatively to provide relevant knowledge and skills in a user-friendly mode, lots of interaction and promotion of creative ways of thinking about advocacy roles. The organisers believe that the workshops are the first hosted by a Victorian Area Mental Health Service. The training was essentially BY consumers, FOR consumers, aimed at being a training resource for the eight member Theinking C.A.P. group and a number of other enthusiastic Northern area consumers clamouring for this unique resourcing for them as advocates. Description of Facility/Organisation:

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