The experience of being a peer outreach volunteer: Benefits and challenges

King, Robert, Lloyd, Chris, Clune, Alexis, & Allan, Rowena (2009) The experience of being a peer outreach volunteer: Benefits and challenges. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 8(1), pp. 69-79.

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Peer outreach is an emerging form of non-professional consumer-delivered service in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation. This study identified the benefits and challenges of outreach provision as identified by a group of volunteer outreach workers. One on one semi-structured interviews were carried out with twelve members trained as peer outreach volunteers. Interview transcripts were analysed using a consensual qualitative research approach.

Outreach workers typically experienced peer outreach as a positive experience both for themselves and for the recipients. Most found the training and support provided to be appropriate and sufficient. Nonetheless, peer outreach workers did encounter difficulties and sometimes felt need for more training and support. The findings have implications for the development of future peer outreach programs. There is scope for enhanced training and/or supervision and a need for further research to investigate ways to optimise peer outreach.

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ID Code: 46421
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: peer outreach, , psychiatric disability, , benefits, , consumers , challenges,
DOI: 10.5172/jamh.8.1.69
ISSN: 1753-0180
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Pavilion Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2011 04:01
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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