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Lived Experience Workshop


At the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:


Clarify the context and purpose for using lived experience

Determine boundaries of sharing lived experience and prepare aspects of their story

Understand trauma, re-traumatisation and vicarious trauma; and implement strategies for prevention.

Use lived experience to establish your work role

Utilise a range of communication skills and strategies to establish rapport and maintain safe working relationships in relation to using your lived experience

Support others to share their stories

Utilise responsible self-care strategies.


The learning content will specifically address:


Words and language make a difference

Understanding lived experience

Frames of reference about mental illness

Developing and sharing your story

Managing risk in using your lived experience

Trauma, vicarious trauma and re-traumatisation

Self-care strategies

Intro to communication skills

Supporting others to share their story

Reframing stories

Basic counselling skills for effective communication

Frameworks and approaches to peer work

Lorelle Zemunik - Lorelle’s background includes a range of case management and service delivery positions across a variety of both community and clinical mental health services. Lorelle has been using her lived experience of mental health for the past 10 years in roles including peer support, consultancy, research and training.

Date Wed 04-September-2019
Location Kew
Presenter Lorelle Zemunik, Mental Health Victoria
Contact Dr Greg Coman on 9231 3186 or
Note This training is exclusively for Lived Experience Workforce staff, including carer and consumer consultants, peer workers and others with a mental health lived experience. This is a repeat of last year's workshop. Attendees to the 2018 workshop should not attend.
Registrations for this workshop are now closed