About the initiative

The Victorian Government has provided funding to specialist adult mental health services for the Expanding Post-discharge Support Initiative to provide additional post-discharge supports to people with complex mental health needs following an inpatient admission, using a peer support workforce model.

Workforce and organisational development

The Department of Health and Human Services has planned a centrally coordinated package of training and development for the Expanding Post-discharge Support Initiative to help health services prepare for and embed peer support, and to ensure appropriate training and support  for peer support workers in these new roles.

A resource to help health services prepare for their new peer support workforce is available to download at the bottom of this page. 

Intentional Peer Support Core Training

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Core Training is specifically for peer support workers and provides a framework for practising peer support, covering the following topics:

  • The 4 tasks - connection, worldview, mutuality, and moving towards
  • The 3 principles - from helping to learning, individual to relationship, fear to hope 
  • History of the peer support movement  
  • Listening from a position of not knowing and for the untold story
  • Rethinking old roles and ways of relating  
  • Moving  towards shared risk and responsibility
  • Understanding the impact of trauma  
  • Moving beyond problem solving
  • Examining power and privilege  
  • Negotiating boundaries and limits
  • Navigating challenging scenarios  
  • Looking at crisis as an opportunity
  • Talking about suicide and self-harm  
  • Sustaining IPS through co-reflection

Intentional Peer Support training for other staff

This training is for staff working alongside peer support workers. It will provide staff with an understanding of the Intentional Peer Support framework. A broad understanding about peer support and the role of post-discharge support workers within your organisation is essential to effectively implement the initiative and support peer support workers.

Learning objectives 

By the end of the 2-day Intentional Peer Support training participants will be able to:

  • describe what intentional peer support is
  • differentiate between peer support, clinical roles and friends
  • understand the benefits of peer support
  • understand the challenges of implementing Intentional Peer Support in a clinical mental health setting
  • describe the purpose and outcomes of peer support
  • support peer workers via supervision with an understanding of the principles and tasks of Intentional Peer Support.