My name is Christian and I have a lived and living experience of mental ill health and associated challenges. I am interested in humans, the journey that is life, personal development and stepping outside my comfort zone.
I am currently the Senior Consumer Peer Support Worker at Alfred Health, a clinical area mental health service in Melbourne. My role sees me provide one on one supervision, group supervision, mental health peer support, facilitate groups, as well as work on a number of projects using my consumer perspective.
I also own and operate an independent NDIS registered business providing Mental Health Peer Support to NDIS participants and Peer Perspective Supervision to peer support workers.
My personal mission as a lived experience specialist is to empower and support people in their own journeys of recovery and growth from mental ill health. The starting point for this peer relationship is a “genuine connection”.
Prior to finding myself working in mental health I completed an Advanced Diploma of International Business, Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Project Management. I have worked in the construction, retail, hospitality, international trade and a number of other fields. It took me many years to find my true calling!
2016: Mind Australia PALS program volunteer. Program focused on reconnecting individuals to the local community and supporting them to engage in social and recreational activities.
2016 - 2020 : Consumer Peer Support Worker at Alfred Health (Clinical Service). First peer support worker at this service, establishing the role from scratch and raising the profile of peer support.
2019 - 2021: (Current): Owner operator of Genuine Connections a registered NDIS provider. Services include peer support and consumer perspective supervision.
2020 - 2021 (Current): Senior Consumer Peer Support Worker at Alfred Health (Clinical Service). First senior peer support worker at this service, actively managing the rapid growth of the lived experience workforce.
Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
Mind Australia’s Peer Support Training
Mental Health First Aid
The Hearing Voices Approach by Voices Vic
And many other modalities
My approach to supervision
The role of supervision is to develop best practice and the lived experience skill set.
My approach to peer perspective supervision is to promote open discussion, curiosity, self-development, confidence and the development of one’s own moral compass in relation to peer values.
I endeavour to put the supervisee at the steering wheel of all conversation, establish a warm, genuine, trusting and open relationship, focus on strengths and one’s unique talents that they bring to the role, recognise that learning is mutual and reciprocal, and respect the lived experience of both people in the relationship in a harmonious way.
My practice is informed by IPS principles and a humanistic approach. I am motivated by a desire to see people grow, and the success and expansion of lived experience workers across the mental health space.
90min - $150
Most sessions to be conducted via zoom
Some capacity for face to face sessions in North-East metro Melb.