Title A ROUTE TO RECOVERY OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS THROUGH PEER SUPPORT TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66277
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Mutual support based on lived experiences in the field of mental health plays an important role in recovery. However, the employment of peer support workers in mental health services is a recent development. In the UK, mutual support while playing an important role in recovery also offers a recognised employment and career pathway. In Italy, psychodrama and video therapy are used as methods to facilitate the integration or re-integration of people with mental illness into the workplace. Recognising the importance of both of these two innovative approaches, PEER2PEER was created to share these skills throughout our partner organizations in the UK, AT, BU, ES, NL, RO. Peer2Peer is a multifaceted vocational training which focuses on enabling the provision of peer support for the target group of people suffering from mental illness.
Peer2Peer is a vocational training course addressed to People With Mental Illness (PWMI) aiming to train and empower them to become personal coaches of other people suffering from mental health problems. Both learning course and springboard for employment, Peer2Peer training programme will provide PWMI with the necessary skills to be employed as "peer support workers", that is to say, a person supporting other in his/her recovery process, which supports him/her in achieving his/her goals and desires.
Based on two innovation transfers, the project aims to form an innovative synergy between various fields of expertise for the purpose of establishing a multifaceted vocational training on peer support for the target group suffering from mental illness, which can beyond objection be considered as marginalised when it comes to the labour market. The consortium hereby pushes towards surpassing the classical understanding of vocational training as a narrow process of acquiring technical professional knowledge, and it does so by:
- introducing peer support for assistance and coaching of people suffering from mental health problems and peeer support of both the worker and client, which focus on "recovery" rather than on cure approach;
- introducing a simulation methodology for experiential learning to the operative aspect of vocational training to provide the trainees with a space to deal with their emotions related to their integration or re-integration into the workplace.
Peer2Peer is a vocational training course. It enables individuals who have experienced mental health problems to become personal assistants to those who are currently living with similar difficulties.
Peer2Peer approaches support and training for people with mental health problems with a focus on their recovery.
After the first year of the project, the first version of the training manual is ready and it is being tested by partners. The conclusions of the first pilot testing will be shared in December. Final versión will be publish on May, 2015.
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
Integral set of didactic tools for further application of Peer to Peer model in different contexts. The vocational training model proposed shall therefore acquire its institutional form as a training manual, which shall be accompanied by a didactic video and educational website to assist trainers with their pedagogic work.
At this moment time, first version of the didactic training manual is produced. It comes with description of sessions for both training and therapeutic purposes, thus integrating the two innovations to be transferred: (PDA) professional Development Award on Mental Health and Video Therapy. This first version of the manual was translated into partner languages: Spanish, English, Bulgarian, German, Dutch and Romanian.
Final version of the teaching pack will be launched in May, 2015.