About Peer supervision

 Lived Experience or Peer supervision is designed to support designated, Lived Experience roles. These are defined as roles in which having Lived Experience of mental health challenges and periods of healing/recovery, either personally or of caring for someone who has, is explicitly named as an essential criterion of the position.

Effective Lived Experience workers are highly competent in turning their Lived Experience knowledge into skills that they apply within the context of their role. Ethical Lived Experience work is underpinned by Human Rights, the Lived Experience movement and evidence-based values and principles of Lived Experience work.

As with any professional role, Lived Experience workers require specific knowledge and skills development and ongoing guidance in order to maintain the integrity of their practice. Peer supervision is one mechanism that supports this. It also supports the worker’s skills in self-managing the impact of work on their wellbeing and managing a positive work/life balance, so that they can fulfill the obligations of the role and of being an employee.

Peer supervision is carried out by highly experienced, trained and skilled Lived Experience workers and operates in line with the values and principles of Lived Experience work. Peer supervision:

  • Puts the Supervisee at the centre of all decision-making.
  • Makes space for other worldviews.
  • Is founded on an authentic, equal relationship built on warmth, genuineness, openness, trust and honesty.
  • Focusses on strengths.
  • Promotes self-determination.
  • Recognises, respects and values the lived and other experiences of both people in the relationship.
  • Is mutual and reciprocal: based on shared responsibility, learning and growth and not on one “helping” the other.
  • Understands and practices genuine connection and disconnection.
  • Upholds human rights.

Peer supervision complements line management supervision, working together to support the development of the role and the person.

You can read more about Lived Experience practice and how it differs from non-designated roles held by people with or without Lived Experience here. You can also access LEWP’s Peer Supervision Framework here to read more about Peer supervision here

Open now: LEWP Peer supervision training

 LEWP offers a free, two-day training program for experienced people in designated Lived Experience roles in the SA NGO sector, who wish to become Peer supervisors within their organisation. This is a great opportunity for organisations to build their capacity to deliver internal Peer supervision, as we know budgets often make accessing fee-for-service Peer supervision difficult.

We are accepting Expressions of Interest for our face-to-face training being held on August 22nd  and 23rd. Organisations and individuals can read more and access the EOI form here. All criteria must be addressed in full, and the form submitted to lizzie.graham@mhcsa.org no later than 5pm on 1st August.

Belinda Brown

Program Manager, LEWP

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