In at least two of their six placements trainees should organise contact with service user organisations, or service users/carers. There are two primary objectives:
a) to develop a clearer sense of service-user issues, concerns, experiences and perspectives, and to discuss what is learned from this within supervision.
b) to gain experience of initiating this sort of contact (with guidance on how this is best done from the supervisor or the Course). In itself, learning how to initiate such contacts is an important area of skill development.
This section gives details of how to set about undertaking this consultation.