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Title: Peer support worker training : results of the evaluation of the experienced involvement training programme in Switzerland and Germany
Author(s): Hegedüs, Anna IldikoLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Burr, Christian
Pfluger, Viviane
Sieg, Daniel
Nienaber, André
Schulz, Michael
Issue Date: 2021
Type: Article
Language: English
Abstract: The ‘Experienced Involvement’ (EX-IN) training programme prepares and certifies individuals who have experienced mental health problems to work as peer support workers and to support others challenged by similar conditions. We aimed to assess the impact of the EX-IN training on hope, self-efficacy, introspection, stigma resistance, personal recovery, health-related quality of life and employment in participants. Data was collected using standardized assessment instruments before the training started (t1) and upon course completion (t2). Data from 103 participants who participated in both measurement times were included into data analysis. Participants significantly improved their recovery, stigma resistance and introspection during the EX-IN training. In addition, a significant higher proportion of participants were employed at t2. Participants whose last inpatient stay was 0–1 year before the start of the EX-IN training showed significantly lower levels of stigma resistance, and self-efficacy at t1 than participants with two or more years since the last inpatient stay. There were no significant changes in mean values over time, or in the mean values at t2 between the two groups. EX-IN training has a positive influence on the handling of stigma, on one's recovery path and introspection. This indicates that EX-IN training has a therapeutic effect on the participants. EX-IN training seems to meet the challenges of peer support work. Therefore, the training can be recommended as preparation for working as a peer support worker as well as an intervention to improve one´s recovery process.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0(CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Sponsor/Funder: Publikationsfond MLU
Journal Title: International journal of mental health nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Publisher Place: Carlton South, Vic.
Volume: 30
Issue: 2
Original Publication: 10.1111/inm.12805
Page Start: 451
Page End: 460
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