Single Session Peer Work

Single Session Peer Work

A framework for carer peer support

Carer lived experience peer workers-consultants have been playing an increasingly vital role in the Victorian mental health workforce. Their work is now emerging as an essential element in better outcomes for consumers and their families/carers/supporters.

Single Session Peer Work

The introduction of ‘Single Session Peer Work’ (SSPW) training both complements and is a valuable framework and tool for direct and effective peer support work. The framework is based on principles and practices of collaborative/partnership and the connections and shared knowledge of lived experience. It promotes a stance of respectful and honest engagement with carers in supporting them to identify, prioritise and begin to address their needs and concerns.

The strength of SSPW framework lies in the way it honours these priorities - by creating a process for a meaningful, contained, and ‘focused interaction’ that is flexibly directed towards achievable outcomes within the context of one or a small number of sessions.

Workshop benefits

  • SSPW training will provide participants with facilitation skills and knowledge of key ideas and practices from a single session framework, to be able to effectively support their direct engagement and support work with mental health carers (e.g., to facilitate phone contact or meetings with carers).
  • The training also includes a co-design element that will enable an exploration of how, within the SSPW framework, each principle and practice can effectively support and respond to the needs and challenges of carer/family workers in their direct engagement and support of mental health carers.

Relevant Audience

Carer/family lived experience workforce


This workshop is available to lived and living experience workforces (LLEWs) as part of the Victorian Government's Lived and Living Experience Workforce Development Program.

Free registration is available to carer/family lived experience - consultant or peer support workers.

What you can expect

  • Group exploration activities to ensure the workshop material is relevant to your workforce role
  • Discussions of case examples and scenarios

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Training at your workplace

We can customise our training to the needs of your team and deliver it to your workplace. See here for more information.