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At Mind, we’re big on training.

We deliver evidence based courses in order to build the capacity of community members, professionals working in community mental health, as well as to people with lived experience of mental illness and their carers, to step into peer support roles.

Why not take a look at our courses and see if there’s one that interests you?

If you would like any more information about the courses, or have any questions about training at Mind, we’d be delighted to help. Just email us at learning@mindaustralia.org.au or phone us on 9455 7923. 

Our training courses 

Mental health peer support course: a five-day training program

Joint Winner: 2013 TheMHS Silver Award in Education, Training or Workforce Development

For people with a lived experience of mental illness and recovery who are thinking of doing peer support work. The course will introduce all the key skills necessary to do this vital work. Candidates must already work or study in the mental health field.

The course covers nine areas:

  1. Peer support mental health recovery principles
  2. Effective listening
  3. Searching for the flame
  4. Moving forward in the journey
  5. Ethics, values and boundaries
  6. Cultural competency
  7. Medication and treatment
  8. Structuring the environment for recovery
  9. Sharing and networking.

Here’s what people say about the course:

"Since doing Mind's Intro to peer work course I’ve loved being in this role and I constantly refer to the workbook that you produced to guide my practice."

"The training gave clarity to our roles as peer support workers. We shared experiences with others with similar backgrounds. I was respected, understood and felt safe.”

Click here to download the 5 day peer support flyer for further information.

Becoming a mental health peer worker: a one-day workshop

For people who have used mental health services and carers of people with mental illness who would like to learn about becoming a peer worker. 

Peer work in the paid mental health workforce involves:

  • Learning to keep yourself well with the demands of employment
  • Utilising the knowledge, expertise and learning you have gained through living with mental health challenges and seeking wellness as a consumer or carer
  • Using your knowledge about utilising the mental health system as a consumer or carer
  • Working within specific organisational policies, procedures and processes

This one day workshop will provide you with:

  • information about pathways to training
  • an understanding of the values, principles and practices that are at the core of peer work
  • opportunities to engage with people currently employed at Mind in lived experience roles

Here’s what people say about the course:

“I got plenty of tips and advice in my job search”

“Understanding the complex information related to being a peer support worker and fields for development and future growth”

“I am now better informed and excited for future prospects”

For more information and course dates, take a look at the course flyer

Click here to download the one day workshop course flyer.

Youth mental health first aid: a two-day course

For people who live or work with 10–19-year-olds, such as parents, grandparents, teachers and sports coaches. You’ll learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health problems developing in young people.

The course covers:

1. depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and substance misuse

2. how to help in various crisis situations, including:

  • having suicidal thoughts
  • non-suicidal self-injury
  • panic attacks
  • traumatic events
  • severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • severe psychotic states.

Here’s what people say about the course:

“Wealth of knowledge and underpinning knowledge on YMH [Youth Mental Health] was extraordinary - an excellent educator.”

“Definitely worthwhile! Would recommend to anyone that works or lives with a young person.”

For course details click here.

If you would like to discuss group bookings for this course, please email us at learning@mindaustralia.org.au  

Course dates: 15 and 22 February 2017, 3 and 4 April 2017, 4 and 11 May 2017

Mental health first aid: a two-day course

For members of the public who would like to know how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.

The course covers:

1. depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and substance misuse

2. how to help in various crisis situations, including:

  • having suicidal thoughts
  • non-suicidal self-injury
  • panic attacks
  • traumatic events
  • severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • severe psychotic states.

Here’s what people say about the course:

“I cannot express how much I have learnt from the course and how much I enjoyed the overall course.”

“I really enjoyed this course and found it useful information to know, not only for work but everyday life.”

For course details click here.

If you would like to discuss group bookings for this course, please email us at learning@mindaustralia.org.au

Course dates: 13 and 14 February 2017, 8 and 9 March 2017, 19 and 20 June 2017

 
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