Competencies for the mental health and addiction service user, consumer and peer workforce

Publication date: 26 August 2014

This resource outlines the competencies necessary for the peer workforce at four levels:  essential, peer practitioner, manager and leader. It also describes the values necessary for the workforce.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks go to the many, many people from across New Zealand who responded so willingly to the invitation to feedback on these competencies. Your time and effort in providing the prolific, rich, passionate and deeply thought out responses was truly treasured. We hope you see your hard work reflected in this final result – a document succinct enough to be useful and achievable but reflective of the complexities, sophistication and subtleties of peer work.

Companion documents

Two documents have been created to support the competency framework. The Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for managers and employers  and the Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for planners and funders.

It is envisioned that these documents will provide information and sound direction for people managing and employing peer workforce members and for planners and funders investing in this exciting growth area in the mental health and addiction workforce.