Mentoring for Peer Workers
Let's give our peer workers the professional support they need to do great work.
Professional Mentoring for Peer Workers
Just like clinical supervision, it’s important our peer workers have opportunities to reflect on their practice.
Research shows that peer work practice is greatly enhanced by regular, high quality, structured supervision with a mentor who is experienced in peer work (Repper, 2013). Peer mentoring supplements traditional line management, offering discipline-specific professional support.
Peer Mentoring can help peer workers:
- Generate new approaches to common peer work dilemmas, from a peer perspective
- Feel more connected, especially if they are one of the only lived experience workers on a team (Watson, 2007)
- Identify and address stress and other signs of burnout (Basset, Faulkner, Repper & Stamou, 2010)
- Meet the unique challenge of bringing personal experiences into a professional work setting (King & Panther, 2014)
Peer Mentoring can help your organisation:
- Uphold the integrity of your model of peer work
- Ensure your peer workforce remains up to date with best practice
- Reduce turnover in lived experience roles (King & Panther, 2014)
- Demonstrate your commitment to continuing to develop the lived experience workforce
"It has been a wonderful blessing to speak with Graham monthly, he really gets peer support." - James, Peer Worker
I offer high quality, confidential mentoring for peer workers and other lived experience workers across Australia and New Zealand. I've worked in professional peer support for more than a decade - in direct support roles, and designing and evaluating peer services across both sides of the Tasman.
Who am I?
I'm Graham Panther (BA, MA, Cert in Peer Support Level 4). I run a Melbourne-based mental health consultancy, Redpanther, and we specialise in peer support.
I've helped embed peer workers in mental health and AOD settings, community, clinical, and primary care, and the justice and employment sectors. My first job was working as a peer support worker in one of New Zealand's first professional peer services.
I've trained and supervised peer workers in a whole range of settings on both sides of the ditch.
Examples of my work in the peer space include:
- Helping to lead the establishment of Australia’s first Recovery College - a multi-state peer education initiative, with Mind Australia
- Helping to develop and evaluate model of peer work for NDIS, with Pathways Mental Health & Wellbeing Services (now Me Well)
- Supporting organisational readiness for Victoria's Post-Discharge Peer Support initiative - embedding peer workers in clinical settings, with Barwon Health and PeerZone
- Leading multiple evaluations of peer services in Australia and New Zealand
- Co-founding The Big Feels Club, a global grassroots peer support network
- Peer mentoring clients include Barwon Health, Mind Australia, Lifeline, Recovery Solutions, Pathways Health, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
I am constantly amazed by the integrity, the ingenuity, and the resilience of our peer workforce. It's challenging, deeply meaningful work, and I'm passionate about making sure we set our peer workers up for success.
Mentoring Package for Peer Workers
I offer mentoring remotely across Australia and New Zealand. My standard approach involves:
* Monthly 60-minute One-on-one Mentoring Sessions for your Peer Workers - by phone or skype *
* Written notes (on request) for peer workers and managers *
* Input into recruitment and orientation process for new peer workers (where required) *
Get in touch!
For more info, pricing, or just a chat, send us an email and we'll be in touch. We also offer tailored training packages for peer workers, and their colleagues and managers, and support with recruitment and induction of peer roles.