P. Walde, Germany

Universitätsmedizin Rostock Klinik für Forensische Psychiatrie

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EPA Course
Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
15:00 - 17:00
Room
Courses Hall A
Session Description
Peer support work is an important part of mental health care. This is a particularly useful approach in inpatient settings where patients’ interactions with family, friends and others outside the care setting may be limited. Peer support work is beneficial for both patients and peer supporters themselves, as this bridges staff-patient gaps. Peer supporters are able to share positive experiences with patients and patients might find it helpful to receive support from someone they feel they can relate to. Peer support has a long tradition but is still novel in many mental health settings. This course will guide participants through the process of involving peer support workers within an inpatient care setting. It will present factors that may help or hinder this process. Special attention will be paid to organizational culture, the role of team leaders, attitudes of staff and patients, and administrative hurdles. This course will discuss some of the difficulties of involving peer support workers in specialized settings, such as forensic mental health clinics. It is important that peer supporters are themselves supported throughout this process, especially if they are new. Therefore, the course will address approaches to maintaining the wellbeing and occupational health of peer supporters. Participants will be given learning materials and vignettes that encourage them to reflect on how peer support may be implemented or sustained in their own care settings.
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Course 14: Peer Support Workers in Inpatient Mental Health Settings (ID 71) No Topic Needed

Peer Support Workers in Inpatient Mental Health Settings

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Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
15:00 - 17:00
Room
Courses Hall A
Lecture Time
15:00 - 17:00
Symposium: On a Level Playing Field with Forensic Patients? (ID 208) No Topic Needed

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Date
Sun, 11.04.2021
Session Time
17:30 - 19:00
Room
Channel 6
Lecture Time
18:38 - 18:58
Symposium: On a Level Playing Field with Forensic Patients? (ID 208) No Topic Needed

S0066 - Implementation of a Peer Support Worker in a Forensic Hospital in Germany

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Date
Sun, 11.04.2021
Session Time
17:30 - 19:00
Room
Channel 6
Lecture Time
17:47 - 18:04
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ABSTRACT

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Experienced Involvement (also called Peer Support Work, PSW) has existed in mental health care in Germany since 2005 though its implementation lags behind, compared to other countries. Due to the unique challenges of forensic-psychiatric settings, implementation of PSW in these settings is even less developed. We prepared the implementation of a peer support worker in our forensic hospital for addicted offenders in Germany in several steps: A survey amongst the 75 forensic hospitals in Germany was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of PSW in these settings. Individual interviews were conducted with directors and peer support workers of forensic clinics nation-wide to investigate their facilities’ experiences with PSW. Focus groups with several occupational groups of the clinic in Rostock addressed staffs opinions, expectations and reservations regarding peer support work. These were recorded and transcribed for thematic analysis.

Results revealed that the majority of forensic hospitals (83.6%) has no experience with peer support work. Interviews with external clinic directors revealed similar concerns and expectations among the employees as our focus groups did. Staff at the clinics expected the peer support worker to offer useful experiences and new perspectives. Concerns occurred about stability of health condition of the peer support worker, trust issues because of former criminal behavior and attitudes towards psychiatric treatment that might interfere with professional treatment negatively. Furthermore the clinic directors stressed the importance of a well prepared implementation and a good “fit” of the peer support workers background to the patients (e.g. regarding diagnosis).

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