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A day in the life of a Peer Support Worker: training day

A day in the life of a Peer Support Worker: training day Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of being a peer support worker: a day providing training for new peer support workers. Design/methodology/approach – A reflective personal account of a day in the authors work sent as a trainer on a peer support worker training course. Findings – The critical value of co‐production. Training is not about an “expert” imparting their wisdom – the answers are in the room. To provide training is to continue to learn. Research limitations/implications – One person's account of their experience of providing peer support worker training. Practical implications – Modelling that which is valued rather than simply telling people. A recovery focus must extend to colleagues as well as the people we serve. Originality/value – While there is a great deal written about the theory of peer support work, little is published about peer support workers experience. This paper provides important insights into the nature of peer support work. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health and Social Inclusion Emerald Publishing

A day in the life of a Peer Support Worker: training day

Mental Health and Social Inclusion , Volume 18 (3): 4 – Aug 5, 2014

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-8308
DOI
10.1108/MHSI-06-2014-0018
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of being a peer support worker: a day providing training for new peer support workers. Design/methodology/approach – A reflective personal account of a day in the authors work sent as a trainer on a peer support worker training course. Findings – The critical value of co‐production. Training is not about an “expert” imparting their wisdom – the answers are in the room. To provide training is to continue to learn. Research limitations/implications – One person's account of their experience of providing peer support worker training. Practical implications – Modelling that which is valued rather than simply telling people. A recovery focus must extend to colleagues as well as the people we serve. Originality/value – While there is a great deal written about the theory of peer support work, little is published about peer support workers experience. This paper provides important insights into the nature of peer support work.

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Mental Health and Social InclusionEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 5, 2014

Keywords: Training; Co‐production; Peer Support Work

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