For Lived Experience Workers (LEWs)

For Lived Experience Workers (LEWs)

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Becoming a Lived Experience Worker (LEW)

Simply having Lived Experience of mental health issues and recovery does not make someone an effective LEW. Effective LEWs are highly skilled and trained; they know how to apply the things they have learned through their Lived Experience, to their work practice.

Most roles require employees to have or be working towards a nationally recognised qualification. There are people in Lived Experience roles with a range of qualifications, from Certificate IV in Mental Health to a Degree in Social Work or Psychology and higher.

Read more here.

For Career Pathways and Advancement ideas, click here.


Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

The LEWP actively advocated for the Lived Experience-focussed Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work to be added to the subsidised training list, making it more accessible for people in Lived Experience roles.

Theory, evidence and practical activities help consumers and carers develop their learnings from Lived Experience into an employable skill set.

Click here to be taken to the course website.

To explore whether you're eligible for any Recognition of Prior Learning, click here to download our 'Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work: Guide to Recognition of Prior Learning.'

Professional Development (PD) Workshops for LEWs

The LEWP, in partnership with SA Health, provides free training for people in paid, designated Lived Experience/Peer Work roles to further develop knowledge and work practice relating to the mental health Lived Experience skill set. PD workshops also provide LEWs with opportunities to build professional networks and establish valuable peer mentoring relationships.

Registrations are open to LEWs from both the NGO and Government mental health sectors.

Save the date: 
Monday 14th September* 9.30am-1pm
Details including venue and how to register will appear here closer to each event.

*Subject to change

Peer Supervision for LEWs

As well as supervision with a line manager, designated peer work roles require lived experience practice-specific supervision, to ensure integrity of the role and the effective use of lived experience knowledge and skills.

LEWP is pleased to offer external Peer Supervision on a fee-for-service basis to people in paid, designated peer work roles within the NGO mental health sector in SA.

Peer Supervision will be delivered in line with the LEWP Peer Supervision Framework which can be accessed here

An overview of the service including fee structure, how it works and the process for booking directly with a Peer Supervisor can be downloaded here

Organisations and individual workers should read both documents before making direct contact with the Peer Supervisor.

 NGO LEW Community of Practice

The NGO LEW Community of Practice has been established through a co-design process with the LEWP Reference Group. The purpose is for members to network and share with others in Lived Experience roles, and to develop work-related skills and knowledge. The Community of Practice is open to people within the NGO mental health sector, who hold a paid position in which utilisation of mental health Lived Experience expertise is noted as a key essential criterion of their position.

To read the Terms of Reference, click here.

Save the date:
Wednesday 23rd September*
Details of upcoming sessions, including link to register, will appear here when scheduled.

*Subject to change