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Evaluation of a training scheme for peer support workers

Evaluation of a training scheme for peer support workers This article is based on focus group reports on the experiences of people with mental health problems who have undertaken training to be peer support workers in mental health services. In focus groups, trainees stated that the completed training programme empowered them to help and support their peers, and led them to explore wider issues in the mental health services. The professional involved also benefited from the programme. The authors suggest that adequate guidance and support from the Department of Health and local trusts may establish peer support as a welcome and effective component of recovery-oriented mental health services. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health Practice Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Evaluation of a training scheme for peer support workers

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Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
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Copyright © 2011 RCN Publishing Company Limited
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1465-8720
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Abstract

This article is based on focus group reports on the experiences of people with mental health problems who have undertaken training to be peer support workers in mental health services. In focus groups, trainees stated that the completed training programme empowered them to help and support their peers, and led them to explore wider issues in the mental health services. The professional involved also benefited from the programme. The authors suggest that adequate guidance and support from the Department of Health and local trusts may establish peer support as a welcome and effective component of recovery-oriented mental health services.

Journal

Mental Health PracticeRoyal College of Nursing (RCN)

Published: Feb 1, 2011

Keywords: Peer support mental health services recovery

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