So as part of my training im having an commication assessment. (Training to be PSW-peer support worker). This is on Tuesday!!! First 15 mins i go into quiet room reading the scenero - says what the peer/patient is struggling with ect. Then i got into a room where someone is pretending to be the peer & assessor in the corner & from the moment i walk in to out - i am a PSW & the conversation last 15 mins.
basicaly i am so stressed. Anyone have any advice on anxiety doing it ?has anone done similar? I havent had much pratice tbh & hardly know what to say.
What im trying is just pretending that its real lol cause i just laugh when acting so i will not have see the "peer" before so hopefuly a different face will make it seem like theyre actually a peer that started working with and make it feel more real. Im hoping.
Mental health is so broad so what the peer may be struggling could be totally anything. As well as how they are - talkative - quiet ect. & have to think about that and adapt
There's recovery lanaguage to keep in mind which not sure i can always be mindful tbh cause i always say "problems"/issues ect. & yeah other stuff that suppose to not say but will leave it at that cause yeah theres a lot.
But what i do know is i should notsay "how are you" cause too broad or notsay "help" cause help sounds like theyre not involved much so i just need to remember to say at some point "So how can i supportyou today" so they take the lead.
Its also really hard considering when supporting people i always give my advice or opinion a lot but as a peer support worker i can not do that so much. & should not speak more than the peer. Because saying my opinion will make them more lean to it & makes them less indepenadent & start making less desicions by themselves.
While giving people strengths validations and also actknowledging how low they could be feeling. But yeah not all about like being so positive you ignore how they feel.
It is hard cause we also had convo on if we are people who just want to "help" give advice and just comfort people & tell is okay. But then really that "help" isnt help. Cause people get depenedant. Which i totally see - so essesntially PSW's end up not doing much of the work. Just lead people. And that not helping is helping.
And plus i also have tendancy to automatically say "sorry to hear..." but yeah cant say that because theres a difference between pitty & sympathy - to empathy
& "sorry" sounds like pitty -apperently.
And dk how to stop saying that.
Lol sorry went on bit of a ramble
TLDR - have commincation assessment Tuesday for my training. & im v stressed. Its for 15 mins where i speak the person pretending to be the peer/patient. Will know my exact time by monday. Im taking the weekend off sick because tbh i just have load of work to be doing. I need to write my work expereince reflections up aswel as well as my assisgnements & prepare for my final exam which is on Friday.