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How to be an Ally to Consumer Workers

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How to be an Ally to Consumer Workers - Virtual Learning

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This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

NOTE: THIS IS A 2 X 1/2 DAY TRAINING. PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER FOR AND ATTEND BOTH DAYS.

This module introduces non-consumers in the mental health sector to the concept of allyship. Learners will explore why allies are critical for consumer workers, what it means to be an ally in practice, and a range of challenges and opportunities to allyship. This will include working together to understand and explore power, where power sits in systems, where can you leverage your own power and where you can connect with collective power.

This course will consist of 2 modules:

How to be an ally to consumer workers

This module introduces non-consumers in the mental health sector to the concept of allyship. Learners will explore why allies are critical for consumer workers, what it means to be an ally in practice, and a range of challenges and opportunities to allyship. The course will reflect on allyship in other marginalised communities and include pragmatic strategies to apply in everyday situations.

I want to make change, but I feel powerless.

This module is a dialogic workshop that supports safe and collaborative self-reflection and exploration of how we achieve change. We will work together to understand and explore power, where power sits in systems, where can you leverage your own power and where you can connect with collective power. This course takes a strengths-based approach andaims to support and strengthen hopes for change.

All our courses are interactive, based on adult learning principles and learner focussed. We believe that adults approach learning with a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute. A combination of learning styles will be incorporated into the training including interactive, experiential and didactic. Our approach recognises the constant interweaving of theory and practice cultivating critical thinking and reflection, appreciating the contested nature of ideas and world views, and perspective taking through adopting ethical, human rights and social justice lenses.

Delivery Mode – Full Day Virtual Training Session

This course is delivered online. Sessions are hosted via Zoom.

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Athena Consulting

Athena Consumer Workforce Consulting is a consumer/survivor partnership committed to supporting the growth of consumer perspective leadership across the Victorian mental health sector and community. Our team has extensive experience and expertise across all aspects of consumer work in the mental health system, including peer support, policy advice, research, education, consumer consultancy, leadership and governance. We provide specialist training and consultancy services. We work with the consumer workforce, organisations and government to explore the needs of the consumer workforce and develop customised responses.

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