supervision : lived experience perspective

Brook RED offers supervision for lived experience practitioners, people supervising peers, human service workers and peer workers in the mental health workforce.

Supervision involves a process where a supervisee is welcomed into a space to reflect on their work values, skills and future directions, and how these aspects influence their framework of practice.
 

A Brook RED supervisor supports you to effectively use lived experience expertise in different roles and for different purposes in your workplace and health systems.  
 

Brook RED supervisors encourage conversations and reflections about lived experience work.  
 

Brook RED supervisors also share knowledge of working in a lived experience role and will guide and offer their own knowledge and perspectives to assist supervises to find their own solutions and strategies.

 

Cost: $110 including GST for 50-minute session

Enquiries: telephone 0423 701 722 or email emmaf@brookred.org.au

Meet our lived experience supervisors:
Emma Faulkner (She/Her) 

BSocSc(Psych) PGradDipSexology, Masters of Counselling 

 

My approach to supervision 

My passion for supervision is born out of the curiosity for the human experience and how we relate to the world around us. Supervision is a guiding light in our practice when we felt lost, overwhelmed or ready to challenge and grow our skills. It is important to be able to talk about how our lived experience is influencing our work and how we want to offer our lived experience to others. Supervision has allowed me to feel more comfortable and confident in my work, and aim to offer this to the people I work with. 

Supervision is a space for humans to unpack and explore all things work and life in our work. It is a space for supervisees to reflect on themselves and create a framework of practice that is genuine and unique to them, that values the lived experience perspective. I am passionate about deep conversations and aim to create a space of curiosity to unpack how our lived experience is guiding our values and how it guides how we as individuals offer support. I aim to understand how this shapes our perceptions of mental health and what are the key message lived experience workers want to teach the people they work with. Supervision is a space to feel heard and understood, particularly in a world where change is vital for human experience and growth. 

 

About me

I have been working in the Brook RED Highgate Hill community mental health centre for over 6 years as a peer worker, running groups and connecting with individuals and communities around mental health and recovery. During this time, I have also been practicing as the Senior Peer Worker, which has allowed me to create change within community, and influence a work force of peer workers who are passionate about creating change, embracing conversations about recovery and using their lived experience to guide principals of practice. I have also created and delivered training about our personal stories and how we can share them with purpose and intent. I am also currently working as a lived experience counsellor and supervisor in the mental health space. 

 

Alongside my work, I have studied a Bachelor in Behavioural Science Psychology (QUT), Graduate Diploma in Sexology (Curtin) and a Masters in Counselling (QUT). In my own lived experience, I have learnt that I am the person responsible in creating change in my life and a supportive system and challenged perspectives, has been helpful to guide me. I use my own experience, passion and professional skills with the people I work with. I am curious about personal stories, I listen with empathy, inspire with hope, and challenge with perspective. In my work, I am genuinely interested in hearing people’s stories to find solutions. I am humorous, passionate and kind in my work. I spend my spare time with my two dogs, partner and four chickens. I like to water ski, make earrings and drink tea.