Do No Harm - for people with a lived experience

Professional Development Series


Sharing your story safely and with purpose

Stories are about collaboration and connection. They are how we make meaning of life. Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.

Some stories may be difficult and painful to tell. If not handled thoughtfully sharing our stories of pain or trauma can potentially be damaging, overwhelming or even traumatising to ourselves and to those hearing our stories.

Do No Harm - For people with a lived experience is a framework for safe story-telling which is informed by Direct Positive Contact; a method of reducing stigma around mental health, illness and distress. It supports you to share your lived experience in a safe and positive way; allowing the authenticity and the power of your story shine through, whilst not losing your message because of a painful or difficult moment.

Who is this for?

Do No Harm - For people with a lived experience has been tailored for people with personal lived experience including consumer or carer representatives, peer advocates, peer support workers and other mental health workers.

The Do No Harm approach can be applied across a range of areas where you may be sharing your lived experience in the workplace, media or public speaking.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What others have said about this course

"This training was supportive and provided me with the skills and confidence required to speak publicly about my experience-Presenting, be it to community groups, school students or other organisations, continues to be extremely empowering"

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Face-to-face Workshops

This qualification requires attendance at 1 full-day face-to-face training session.*

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrollment

Key Learnings

  • Understand the risks of unsafe story sharing
  • Discover the power in your own story and how it can benefit others
    „„Plan your story
  • „„Ensure your story's message is not lost in pain, trauma or grief
  • „„Evaluate the risks to yourself in sharing your story

Units of Competency

This course has no accredited units of competency.

  • Megan Munro
  • Ray Simpson
  • Sam Davidson-Fuller