The Peer Model Manual: Consumer Participation in Action
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (sharc)
Association of Participating Service Users (APSU)
Welcome to the Peer Model Manual. Contained within this manual are materials that will enable you to deliver all aspects of The Peer Model consumer training. These materials were produced by The Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) in collaboration with the Improved Services Initiative (ISI) at sharc. They are designed to provide training and opportunities for people who experience alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues and want to participate as consumers in the alcohol and other drug sector. As people often experience mental health issues in conjunction with alcohol and other
drug use, this model has been developed in such a way that it is suitable for people who experience co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
The Peer Model has three parts: The Peer Helper Training, Experts by Experience Workshops and the Speaker Bureau. Overall, this Model offers training and opportunities for people who want to contribute meaningfully to service provision, policy and research.
The beauty of the Peer Model is that it allows opportunities for service users to exercise the skills
and knowledge they obtained during training. It is with great pleasure that APSU offers this manual specifi cally to the alcohol and other drug sector in Victoria, and also to any service that is truly interested in ensuring service user participation in their service is effective and sustainable. At APSU we have found that education and training, along with providing opportunities, is the key to such participation.