Peer course success

By Rise
24 June 2019

This course is for people interested in finding out more about being a mental health peer support worker. It is for those with lived experiences of mental health, who think they might be able to help others with their recovery.

The course runs twice a year, with just twelve places available each time. Support Worker Michael Akkermans said more the course is very popular and participants find it very rewarding. It mirrors the Certificate IV in Mental Health but not in as much detail.

It was incredibly difficult to filter through all of the amazing people that turned up and pick the twelve people that best fit the criteria. The Peer Work Course is a non-accredited course but it is recognised by the institutions that offer Certificate IV in Mental Health and Peer Work.

The last intake of the Cert IV for Mental Health had three participants from the Peer Work Course and six completed the Cert IV for Peer Work.

Michael’s success

Michael himself is a successful graduate from the course. He has now been a support worker with Rise for several years.

As a participant of the course I never thought that I would be able to have the opportunity to deliver it but when I did I grabbed hold of my courage and took the opportunity.

A course cost of fifty dollars is a small price to pay.

Peer Worker Course feedback

The last course was run in May. It received some great feedback from those who took part.

– Thank you guys so much for this opportunity, I’ll always look on it fondly and have it inspire my actions here on.

– Instilling the confidence to unpack elements of my story I hadn’t thought of. Inspiring to do further work experience in the area.

– It was full of useful and important information over the whole six weeks.
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