Psychosocial Recovery Coaching: Lived versus Learned Experience

Psychosocial Recovery Coaching – Lived and learned experience.

Good morning all! We thought we might give you a rundown on the differences between a Recovery Coach and a “Lived Experience” Recovery Coach and what you can expect from both.
Psychosocial Recovery Coaching is a support that is tailored towards those living with complex mental health concerns and receiving funding under an NDIS plan.
If you have been funded for this support in your plan, you may be curious about how to find the best recovery coach for your needs, and what they will do to support you.
A Recovery Coach with no lived experience should have the following qualifications:
– a minimum of Certificate 4 in Mental Health or
– Mental Health Peer work or
– similar training and/or two years’ paid experience in supporting people with mental health challenges.
The skillset of a Lived Experience Recovery Coaches derives primarily from the lived experience discipline and knowledge and expertise gained from personal experience of mental health challenges, service use and recovery. They demonstrate expertise with the purposeful use and sharing of personal experience to support other people to identify their aspirations, make decisions for themselves, exercise choice and assume greater control of their lives.
And finally, you might choose a Recovery Coach who has both lived and learned experience.
At Ethical Caring Group, we believe that the most effective Recovery Coaches are people who have a lived experience of Mental Health concerns and recovery, combined with formal qualifications. Coaches with lived experience can share more of an understanding about the challenges you face and the best support you by using their knowledge of those challenges to find a pathway forward.
Formal qualifications on top of that lived experience mean you have the support of somebody who has “been there” but also has decided to further their studies and increase their overall knowledge. It is a pretty amazing combination.
All of our Recovery Coaches have both lived experience and learned experience. They receive regular monthly supervision to ensure they well supported, to support you! So we may be biased, but we think they are right up there with the best of them!
When choosing a Recovery Coach, consider the following:
1. Do you feel a connection with them when you meet them? Are they easy-going and do they make you feel comfortable and supported? Do they listen to you, rather than talk at you?
2. Do they have a lived experience of mental illness and recovery? Are they able to effectively use that experience to support others? After all, the last thing you want is to end up supporting the person supporting you. They should be able to use their experience in a way that enhances your life, not overshadows it.
3. What are their level of qualifications and experience, and ongoing training, do they have their own support available? Do they receive formal supervision? This is an important aspect of the role to keep them, and you safe and well supported.
4. Are they registered or not registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguard Commission? There are many great, registered and unregistered providers out there and this should not be an indication of the quality of their service. However, it is important to understand that a registered provider is held to account for the way they support you, their record-keeping, safety and compliance, the continuation of support and much more. Find what works best for you.
5. Are they available to support you at times and locations that are suitable to you? Recovery Coaches have more flexibility to be available to you when needed. Make sure you check your coaches availability and what is in place if you need crisis support or support on the weekends. If you require support at these times, it is important to arrange this upfront.
If you want to talk more about our Recovery Coaches and why we might be the best fit for you, please feel free to use the ‘contact us” button to reach out!