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Level 2: Becoming a Peer Navigator (Mental Health and Substance Misuse)

The Level 2 Becoming a Peer Navigator (Mental Health and Substance Misuse) is a programme of learning that has been quality endorsed by Open Awards.The open_awards_logo course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to be able to volunteer within services as a Peer Navigator in order to enhance their own recovery and support other service users in the recovery journey. Participants will gain an understanding of the role of Peer Navigators and knowledge, skills and insight to the theory and practice of professional boundaries, the nature of problematic substance use, common mental ill health, recovery and how to support and empower individuals to develop and move on to wider recovery networks. This six-day unit will offer participants the chance to receive 5, Level 2 credits from Open Awards for successful completion.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Understand the role of Peer Mentor and the importance of professional boundaries.
  • Understand the importance of policies and protocols for volunteering in substance misuse and mental health services.
  • Understand the nature of mental health, substance-related dependence/addiction and recovery.
  • Know about  Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills and their application as a psychosocial intervention for working with substance misuse and mental health service clients.
  • Be able to use node-link mapping.
  • Understand the use of group facilitation skills.
  • Know how to empower individuals in moving on to wider recovery networks.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anybody wanting to volunteer in substance misuse and/or mental health services.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants will be expected to submit a good standard of written work and have good IT skills (word processing, power-point and searching the internet).

Dates, Duration and Venue

Date TBC
Duration 6 full days
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Fooundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich M35 3BL


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