Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Foundations of Peer Work


An essential introduction to peer work for consumers and carers who are, or who want to be, peer workers.



  • Consumers or carers currently working as peer workers
  • People whose organisations have identified them as prospective peer workers
  • Students wanting to sample the Cert IV of 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



Mental Health Victoria member rate $671.25 (includes 25 per cent discount)

Non-member rate $895

All course materials are included.


To Register

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Online Training – Zoom

This training will be delivered online via Zoom. A link along with materials for the course will be emailed to the participants one day prior.


Customised In-house Training

Mental Health Victoria can customise any of our training and professional development programs to meet your specific organisational needs, and then deliver online.