What’s in a name?
The PACE team is made up of Support Workers and Peer Support Workers, but what’s the difference?
Support Workers work to provide support and counselling services for those recovering from an anxiety disorder. They may be a qualified counsillor, or have experience from working in another area of mental health or community service.
Peer Support Workers perform many of the same duties as Support Workers, but they draw much of their knowledge from a lived experience of Panic Anxiety, OCD or an Eating Disorder. Peer Support Workers draw on the experience of their own recovery and use it to provide help and support to those in recovery, as well as advising their colleagues in the PACE team about what it’s like to live each day with an anxiety disorder.
Anne is a PACE Support Worker based at our Seaton office. She has been ‘enjoying the challenge of working in the PACE Program because it is new to Centacare and involves setting up Recovery Support Groups in the north, south and city as well as providing telephone and face to face brief counselling.’
Tom is a PACE Peer Worker with lived experience of Panic Anxiety. Tom is currently looking forward to the start of the northern support groups, where he’ll helping PACE clients with their recovery and sharing his own story of Panic recovery.
Lisa is a PACE Peer Worker based at Seaton. For Lisa, recovery means striving for ‘what I want in life rather than engaging in old thoughts and behaviours,’ and striving always ‘to have confidence in myself and my abilities.’
Stay tuned to meet more of the Pace team in future editions of the PACE newsletter.
The best thing about working in PACE is the people I work with. I feel so valued and accepted plus the support is absolutely fantastic.
Recovery is living my life the best way I can and always striving to be my authentic self. I have developed a strong sense of TRUST, I know that I can rely on my inner source of strength to get me through anything.
The best concert I went to this year was TOOL at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. They are the only band I enjoy listening to live!!
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The National Eating Disorder Association, based in the US, have a range of short video interviews available on their website. In these short video clips, individuals who are in recovery get a minute to share some key insight and advice from their experiences and their recovery journey. Check out some of the videos and find out more about the challenges of living day to day with an eating disorder.
Click here to view the videos online.
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‘For eight years, Kate’s eating disorder has been a daily feature of her life. In the last three months, however, following a period of determined treatment, I can count the number of days that have gone badly on just my fingers.’
Hear more about the journey…
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The new online documentary series aims to help South Australians with Panic Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive and Eating Disorders.
“PACEtv will provide individuals, families and communities real life guidance, insight and hope from individuals and families who have made the journey to recovery,” says PACE Manager Chris Chalubek.
“We have interviewed individuals, families and professionals to create video resources that offer experiences of hope and recovery in their own words and highlight the power of lived experience.”
Heather Nowak, featured in the first documentary, talks of her OCD that emerged in her early teens and went away in her late teens. It then returned when she was in her mid 20s after the birth of her first daughter.
“I would have a list of things by my bed of what I had to clean the next day which included 20-30 showers,” she says.
Her list included washing doorframes, floors and beds. If she had to go out the cleaning would take her 7-8 hours. With the help of an understanding GP and mental health nurse she began her road to recovery.
“While everyone has a way of helping, it is about finding the person who connects to you,” Heather says.
The first two episodes focus on panic anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, with later episodes to focus on eating disorder recovery and the experience of friends and relatives.
Watch the videos here.
PACE Support groups will be expanded in 2015 to include closed groups in Adelaide’s west, south and central areas. Locations are still being finalized so stay tuned for more information about the support group nearest to you.
In 2015 PACE will still offer open support groups for panic anxiety, OCD and eating disorder support, but we will also begin a program of closed support groups that will run a 12 week support and recovery maintenance program, where participants will have direct access to lived experienced peer workers who will assist and guide participants to expand their general knowledge and understanding of a range of recovery approaches including ongoing recovery maintenance strategies.
These closed courses will function as a general introduction to the principles of recovery for new comers, and a support and maintenance enhancement service for those that have already completed a course of therapy with a trained mental health worker.
Our new 12 week closed group programs are not designed to replace the knowledge and expertise of a trained psychologist or psychiatrist, but they can help you to gain additional perspective and strength in your personal recovery journey.