HPN Training (2) Self Work

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Peer Navigation
(1) Self Work

This unit is part of a training program available free to people living with HIV who are working as peer navigators. If that’s you, and you’re interested in taking part, please contact the NAPWHA Learning Projects Officer (LPO).

About this module

Peer navigation work draws on your own lived experience. To do the job, you need to decide how much of your story you want to share. You will think ahead about how to disclose your experiences. You may notice that a conversation has veered into territory that may be painful to recall. You might decide to express your boundaries. You may recognise there are stressors or triggers in your work, and adopt different self-care practices to maintain your wellbeing. You will reflect on your experience, perspective, and performance in the role.

All of these skills involve working with your sense of self, so we call this module ‘self work.’

Learning objectives

  1. Participants can reflect on their story and refine it, knowing which aspects they feel comfortable sharing, and which aspects may be more difficult.
  2. Participants are conscious of moments where disclosure could occur as well as reasons and skills for disclosing.
  3. Participants can recognise and express boundaries, and identify alternative strategies for meeting reasonable client support needs.
  4. Participants become aware of potential stressors and triggers, both prior to and during their work, and they can identify self-care practices and members of their support network that can help them maintain wellbeing.
  5. Participants will reflect on their wellbeing, perspective, and practice on their own and with others.

Getting started

Modules in LearnDash are divided into Lessons, and in each lesson there are Topics.

  • In the content outline below, click Expand All to see all the Lessons and Topics.
  • To begin the Module, click the first Topic under the first Lesson heading.

You begin each Lesson by clicking the first Topic in the content outline. In this case, you would click ‘Learning Your Story’ topic under the ‘Telling your story’ Lesson to get started.

  • When you complete each topic, click ‘Mark Complete‘ at the bottom of the Topic page.
  • When you complete all the topics in a lesson, click ‘Mark Complete‘ at the bottom of the Lesson page.

Remember to hit Mark Complete! This will help you track where you’re up to in the outline. The tick-mark beside each Lesson or Topic will turn solid green when you have completed that material.


There are two kinds of assessment:

  1. In topic pages, there are Exercises that are optional, but recommended as a way to develop your understanding.
  2. At the end of a topic, you may find Assessment Tasks. Assessment tasks are completed in a Workbook – a Word document that you download at the beginning of the unit. You upload the completed workbook with your answers at the end of a unit.

When you upload completed workbooks, they go to the NAPWHA LPO and your supervisor/manager for feedback. The feedback offers appreciation for your strengths and may also identify additional learning opportunities.

Talk with your supervisor or manager about whether you want to complete assessment for the program.

Completed assessments from this program can be documentation for recognition of prior learning for a TAFE qualification in community services.

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