dialogue : masterclass 

lived experience leadership

Brook RED is delighted to offer our Lived Experience Workers in Queensland the opportunity to attend our free professional development events to build your skills and practice. This year we are inviting you to an alternative 'dialogue' event!  Over the last four years Brook RED has hosted a Lived Experience Workforce Conference called dialogue, however due to the current situation we have decided to try out a new concept by creating a monthly masterclass and a monthly connect session for all of us to learn, reflect, share and connect. 


We are very grateful to Brisbane North PHN who have sponsored our guest speakers for each masterclass.  This event is for Lived Experience Workers in Queensland.  

This event is peer driven, peer designed & peer delivered.

masterclass (webinar – 90 mins)
Each month we will be hosting a masterclass that will bring you closer to highly respected Lived Experience Leaders – presenting on a topic that they are passionate about and keen to share their knowledge with you.  At the end of each presentation there will be some time to post questions and interact.


connect (interactive session – 90mins)
One week after the masterclass we will be hosting a session to re-connect with the guest speaker and your peers.  This will be an opportunity to hear reflections from our guest speaker and a panel of lived experience practitioners.  We will also break out into smaller groups & share, discuss a key concept from the presentation. This will create a great opportunity for Lived Experience workers to learn, reflect, share and connect.

june masterclass : amanda waegeli

title : the role of values in our lived experience
Values are universal, we all have them. Our lived experiences help to shape our values which guide us in the direction of a meaningful life. Often hidden they play a major part in our behaviour and actions and often only come to light when there is a values clash, especially in decision making. Lived Experience work is explicitly a value driven approach that requires us to work with, uphold, and advocate

learning outcomes

  • why do my values matter?

  • what is the role of values in lived experience practice?

  • how do we do Values Based Practice

july masterclass : matt ball


title : human reality in the context of power threat and meaning
This work shop will provide a brief overview of the Power Threat Meaning Framework and introduce Dissociachotic as a way to understand extreme states.

learning outcomes

  • Gain a introductory knowledge of the PTMF as an alternative to diagnosis and pathologizing

  • Understand a new conceptual framework for being in connection with a person in distress with ‘psychosis’ - Dissociachotic

august masterclass : eschleigh & nick

title : pausing at the living EDge

Nick and Eschleigh will be sharing details about Brook RED’s PAUSE and The Living EDge services -two very cool peer designed, managed, and delivered services for people experiencing suicidal distress in South Brisbane. They will overview each service, share some findings from the research components of each project, and candidly share the challenges and learnings they have had along the way.


learning outcomes

  1. Know all about Brook RED’s services for people experiencing suicidal distress.

  2. Have a sense of the findings from the evaluations about each project (spoiler: peer work is fricking awesome!!!)

  3. Have a sense of what we’ve learned from rolling these initiatives out so that you don’t have to make all the same silly mistakes we have in your communities!

september masterclass : ellie hodges

title : lived experience leadership

Ellie will be speaking about Lived Experience Leadership, inviting those present into a space of reflection regarding the dilemma’s we face, the skills and qualities that we embody and how we stay strong in using our lived experience for change. Ellie will use examples from her own lived experience leadership journey as well as the insights gained through project’s and research that LELAN (Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network) is currently involved in, including early findings from the Activating Lived Experience Leadership Project which is a partnership with UniSA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group.


As a starting point Ellie will explore lived experience broadly and where leadership comes into it, even when we don’t identify ourselves as a ‘leader’. She will then share a summary of the enabling conditions for lived experience involvement and leadership to thrive, elements that the lived experience community has a responsibility to address ourselves as well as advocate that services and systems also account for.

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