EoI: Support for Consumer Perspective Supervisors – Victoria, 2021

Are you a consumer who is currently providing discipline specific supervision to members of the Victorian mental health consumer workforce, and would like to access ongoing supports to enhance your practice as a supervisor? If so, then this project may be of interest to you.

Background

This project, supported by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, and the Centre for Mental Health Learning, is the most recent iteration of a series of projects aiming to build capacity within the mental health consumer workforce, to provide discipline specific supervision, in support of the consumer/peer workforce in Victorian funded mental health services.

In June 2020 the Consumer Perspective Supervision (CPS) Training Delivery Project commenced, with the running of the inaugural Consumer Perspective Supervision training in Victoria. 12 consumer perspective supervisors completed the course, as well as providing valuable feedback about ongoing supports they felt would help them in their practice as CPS supervisors. (The second CPS course is currently underway, and the third CPS course will run in the first half of 2021). For up to date information about the Consumer Perspective Supervision Course, and the Family Carer Perspective Supervision Framework, please read the document appended to this EOI.

The Support for Lived Experience Workforce Supervisors Project is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), designed to enhance supports for consumer perspective supervisors – who are currently providing discipline specific supervision – through the establishment of a Community of Practice and series of Co-Reflection sessions.

Language

There are different terms used to describe consumer delivered discipline-specific supervision supports for the consumer workforce (e.g., lived experience, peer, consumer perspective). Consumer perspective supervision is the term increasingly in use after the adoption of the state-wide and co-designed framework: Consumer Perspective Supervision – a framework to support the consumer workforce. ‘Consumer perspective’ is core to the discipline of consumer/peer work in Victorian mental health services.

Project Partners

The project team consists of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, (VMIAC); the Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This project is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

inside out & associates australia is contracted to co-ordinate this project.

For any inquiries or questions please contact inside out & associates:

  • Ph: 0435 348 168
  • Email: sandy@insideoutconversations.com.au

Support for Consumer Perspective Supervisors

Community of Practice and Co-Reflection sessions will be facilitated by consumers with extensive experience working from a consumer perspective, and in providing discipline specific supervision to the consumer workforce. All meetings will be conducted online, using the Zoom platform. There are 18 places available for supervisors.

Applications are open to Victorian consumers, including independent supervisors, who currently provide discipline-specific supervision to the consumer/peer workforce in Victorian funded mental health services. This is inclusive of both public and community managed mental health sectors.

Completion of the Consumer Perspective Supervision Course is not an eligibility requirement as we seek to provide supports whether you have done the course or not.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Consumers who are currently providing discipline-specific supervision to the consumer/peer workforce in Victorian funded mental health services.
  2. Consumers who can demonstrate a commitment to the principles and values of consumer perspective supervision as outlined in the framework Consumer Perspective Supervision – A framework to support the consumer workforce.
  3. Consumers who have an identified need for enhanced supports around providing discipline specific supervision to the consumer workforce in Victoria.
  4. Consumers who commit to participating in 5 (x 1.5 hour) group Co-Reflection sessions at approximately monthly intervals, and…
  5. …who can commit to actively participating in 4 (x 3 hours) Community of Practice meetings at approximately 6-week intervals.
  6. Consumers who have reliable access to the internet and a computer, as well as to a quiet and private space for all Co-Reflection and Community of Practice support meetings.
  7. Consumers who have computer (rather than phone) access to Zoom (the online platform used for both Co-Reflection and Community of Practice groups) during the duration of this project.

If you would like to submit an EOI please click the survey monkey link below and complete the Expression of Interest application online.

Closing time and date for applications: Friday 8th October at 5pm.

Applications received by the due date will be reviewed by a review team and all applicants will be notified via email of the outcome within a week.

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