Peer Support Workers are individuals with personal experience of mental health who are trained to support others.
The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Mental Health Peer Support is designed to facilitate candidates in the role of peer support worker. The PDA equips candidates with the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to carry out this role. It was developed by the Scottish Recovery Network and Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The course consists of two Units, each lasting 13 weeks:
The candidates who successfully complete the Award will:
This support has been developed to facilitate learning for people with the lived experience who wish to act in the role of Peer Support Workers either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
The only conditions of entry are that candidates should have personal experience of mental health problems and be able to provide evidence of good written and oral communication skills (at least SCQF level 5) which they can do either in an interview situation or through production of relevant qualifications. Candidate will also have to be in paid or voluntary work, working with individuals with mental health problems prior to starting the course.
Mindspace Counselling Service and Mindspace Recovery College are part of Mindspace Limited, a Company Limited by Guarantee No 180643 and a Registered Charity SC002072 in Scotland.