Details of specific evidence that is required for a Unit in this course in order for a candidate to meet the Outcomes.
Learning outcomes are statements that describe what a student will be able to do as a result of the learning.
Mental health problems
This term includes experiences and symptoms that can interfere with emotional, cognitive or social function. Examples include more commonly diagnosed mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and, those which may be longer term such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. We recognise that mental health problems and their description can be contested. We have used the descriptions ‘mental health problems’, and at times ‘mental health issues’, as we believe they best reflect the intent of this course.
Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and a mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain… where people are able to “be” with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/ patient) relationships. Mead, Hilton & Curtis, Peer Support: A Theoretical Approach, (2001:6)
Peer support worker
People with experience of mental health problems, who are trained to work in support of other people’s recovery. Peer Support Workers can be described as modelling recovery, offering a lived example of the possibility of progression and growth.
Portfolio of evidence
An assignment in which you give an account of work you have undertaken based on real work practice in which you identify and explain the knowledge used through the use of reference to reading and research.
Psychodrama is an action method, often used as a psychotherapy in which people use dogmatisation, role play and self-presentation to explore and gain insight into their lives.
British Psychodrama Association, What is Psychodrama? [online]. Available at: http://www.psychodrama.org.uk/what_is_psychodrama.php.
In Peer2Peer psychodrama is used as a learning method to enable you to experience and gain insight into peer support practice. This is done through a series of role plays which provide an opportunity for you to practice and reflect in the learning environment.
Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems orillness, is a unique and deeply personal process.
The person undertaking this course.
Video therapy consists of filming and then viewing psychodrama sessions. This provides clear, realistic, present-moment feedback to participants to enable them to insight and understanding feelings and dimensions of themselves otherwise hard to access.
Education and training which aims to equip people with knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competences required in particular occupations or more broadly on the labour market.