Peer support training: values, achievements and reflections
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Peer support training: values, achievements and reflections

Emma Watson Peer trainer, Education team at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham
Marissa Lambert Education and practice consultant, Education team at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham
Karen Machin Specialist peer support trainer, Education team at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham

Emma Watson and colleagues describe the development of a course that has brought many benefits to trainers as well as students

The Institute of Mental Health has been delivering accredited peer support training since 2009. The training is based on the values of recovery that each trainer, with lived or professional experience, strives to model in everything they deliver. Since 2009, the team has refined its approach by debating with and learning from as many people involved in peer support as possible. The growing demand for training in all areas of recovery has led the team to offer other courses, as well as consultancy and bespoke support for organisations hoping to employ peer support workers. This article describes the training team’s values, achievements and reflections accumulated over five years of learning.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 9, 22-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.9.22.s20

Correspondence

emma.watson@nottshc.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 September 2014

Accepted: 10 October 2015