Personal choice For each person the journey of mental distress or addiction and how they achieve recovery, is unique; this means services need to be responsive to a range of needs; peer support has the flexibility to achieve this. Wanted by consumers Has been driven by consumers of servicesContinue Reading IPS is seen as having four “tasks”: Connection, Worldview, Mutuality, Moving Towards and three principles: Moving from: Helping to Learning, Individual to Relationship, Fear to Hope These approaches involve: Looking at the power of language to define experience Understanding trauma worldview and re-enactment Rethinking old roles and ways ofContinue Reading EM: Can you tell us a little bit about Intentional Peer Support, its philosophy and intentions? SM: IPS is a system for relational co-development. Philosophically it comes out of a social constructionist, systemic paradigm. We believe meaning is made in a context and can only be challenged in trustingContinue Reading Intentional Peer Support (IPS) evolved out of the consumer activist movement in the States. The person most responsible for bringing Intentional Peer Support to the world is Shery Mead. Shery evolved the kaupapa of IPS through observing the limitations of Medical Model treatment of mental distress where the wholeContinue Reading

With the Baby Boomer generation (people born between 1946 and 1964) comes greater diversity in gender identity, relationships and sexuality compared to their parents and grandparents’ generations (Department of Health, 2015; Westwood et al., 2015) . There is also increasing religious and spiritual diversity among older people, due in partContinue Reading Systematic reviews have confirmed that, while peer support and clinical practice typically perform fairly equally on traditional outcome measures like rehospitalization and relapse, peer support scores better in areas related to the recovery process.1 In particular, peer support tends to offer greater levels of self‐efficacy, empowerment, and engagement.2 ThisContinue Reading The definition of facilitate is “to make easy” or “ease a process.” What a facilitator does is plan, guide and manage a group event to ensure that the group’s objectives are met effectively, with clear thinking, good participation and full buy-in from everyone who is involved. To facilitate effectively,Continue Reading The “safe place” technique is an intervention designed to help children cope with their fears. The strategy can be taught and practiced during counseling sessions so that child victims of sexual abuse can implement it outside of counseling when fears arise. Counselors start by providing information to children (and,Continue Reading There is a greater danger in remaining quiet about your traumatic experiences than there is in sharing them. One of the reasons many people feel inhibited about discussing such feelings with family, friends, and the general public is the fear that they will be stigmatized for doing so. ThoughContinue Reading