Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Foundations of Peer Work


  • Consumers or carer currently working as peer workers
  • People whose organisations have identified them as prospective peer workers
  • Students wanting to sample the Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work


At completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand a range of frameworks and approaches applicable to
    peer work
  • Understand the diversity of roles and skills required by a peer worker
  • Explore consumer and carer preferences, values, needs and goals
  • Work within international, national and state legislative frameworks including the Mental health Act 2014 and the National Mental Health Standards.
  • Navigate the mental health system in order to facilitate access to resources, information and services.
  • Have a thorough understanding of ethical decision making, boundaries, duty of care and dignity of risk and how these impact on consumers, workers and organisations.
  • Use their lived experience in meaningful and purposeful ways.
  • Manage risk in sharing stories
  • Understand trauma, vicarious trauma, re-traumatisation and the importance of self-care
  • Be able to plan, resource, facilitate and evaluate groups common
    to peer work.


Workshop content will include:

Day 1 – Approaches and frameworks of peer work practice

Day 2 – Understanding the role of the peer worker

Day 3 – Legal and ethical considerations

Day 4 – Using lived experience effectively

Day 5 – Developing and facilitating groups

Event Details

Starts 1 June 2022 - 9:30 am
Cut Off Date 30 May 2022
Price per person $595.00
Members Price $446.25
Facilitator Lee Thornton
Day 1 Wed, 1 June 2022 - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Day 2 Wed, 8 June 2022 - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Day 3 Wed, 15 June 2022 - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Day 4 Wed, 22 June 2022 - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Day 5 Wed, 29 June 2022 - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Location Zoom - Online