International peer leadership academy survey
The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership and Mind Australia are supporting the development of a proposal for an international peer leadership Academy to be based at Yale University and collaborating centres in other countries. The purpose of the Academy will be to train and support emerging and established peer leaders in mental health, from low income and high income countries, to advocate or manage system transformation from a lived experience perspective.
The survey organisers are seeking the views of people who are involved in mental health systems in any role on the proposed Academy. Your answers will help to inform the proposal they take to funders and customers in time for the Academy to start in 2016. Please pass this survey on to anyone anywhere who has an interest in mental health peer leadership.
The deadline for participating in this survey is Saturday 20 June 2015. To take part in the survey go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeerLeadershipAcademy1
Webinar: Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services
Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) specialty services are exploding around the U.S. following the recent 5 percent Mental Health Block Grant set-aside for early intervention services. While many EIP programs include (or plan to include) some element of peer support and/or family support, questions remain as to how to ensure meaningful peer involvement that significantly impacts services.
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss both the real-world challenges of robust peer involvement and the potential for such involvement to transform – rather than merely augment – services across the domains of planning, service delivery, policy, and evaluation. The webinar will also cover strategies and insights from the Hearing Voices Movement and similar approaches. It will explore the meaning of young people’s experiences and the impact of such experiences on vocational and social identity.
Nev Jones from Stanford University, who is a lived experience consultant for a number of mental health forums in California, is wanting to discuss some of the critical issues in how peer leadership ends up being transformative rather than token.
It also features the very highly respected Berta Britz who is a big peer leader in the US, involved in both establishing hearing voices groups there and in developing training and certification for peer workers.
This webinar will be held on Thursday May 28 at:
4:00-5:30 AM EST (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory)
3:30-5:00 AM CST (South Australia and the Northern Territory)
2:00-3:30 AM WST (Western Australia)
For more information, click here
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) Feed the Soul Event
Eating Disorders Victoria provides services to anyone in Victoria affected by an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. They provide counselling, education and information for people with eating disorders, their families and carers to promote early identification and intervention of eating disorders so as to reduce their incidence and manage their impact. They also provide services to anyone affected by eating disorders, regardless of their age, gender, or background, because eating disorders affect almost a million Australians and less than 4 in 5 of them receive any treatment.
Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work Resources
The Mental Health Peer Work Qualification Development Project aims to develop and support a nationally recognised qualification for peer workers (Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work) to help facilitate broader engagement of peer workers throughout the mental health sector.
The development of the qualification has involved a rigorous process with input from technical and advisory groups including peer workers and people with a lived experience.
The first batch of training and assessment materials are now ready for registered training organisations (RTOs) across Australia to use. These allow RTOs to deliver the Peer Worker qualification for the consumer and carer peer workforce. All resources are freely available. The development of the resources was informed by broad consultation and national advisory groups including carer and consumer peer workers and services who support peer workforce. The training materials will be released in stages over the next few months. Once each module is piloted, it will be made available for free online. Interested parties and RTOs are encouraged to access the materials here.