There are 5 different workshops in this collection – each focusing on a specialised area of peer work.
Our SP Peer Worker Program delivers the key contextualisation of foundational peer support training to the specific suicide prevention service. In addition, the development of independent SP Peer Workforce Support Services for peers and the organisations who engage them will provide the essential customised wrap around support for SP Peer Workers.
The SP Peer Worker Program creates a supportive and non-judgmental space for SP Peer Workers to consider the practice guidance provided by general Peer Work 1 courses, such as Intentional Peer Support and the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, and gain understanding and skill in applying this in the context of suicide prevention. It specifically focuses on what Peer Work values, principles and approaches mean in the challenging environment of a suicide prevention service and how to work in situations that are unique to this environment. It cultivates in SP Peer Workers, a pride in the unique characteristics of peer led suicide support and an understanding of its value, which is essential for moderating stress associated with the role, workplace advocacy and the strengthening of the SP Peer Workforce. Most importantly, the SP Peer Worker Program provides the opportunity for peers to contemplate their lived experience of suicide and the factors that shape their perspective on suicide so that they may explore the role these might play in their support work.