|Comprehensive Training for Peer Trainers (Level I)
This five-day workshop is specifically designed for persons who are working in youth populations composed of youth from diverse backgrounds. The purpose of the workshop is to prepare youth workers, educators, teachers, and counsellors to establish state-of-the-art peer-led programs for youth who represent a variety of diverse groups in today's society.
A unique element of this workshop is the integration of Aboriginal customs and traditions into both the workshop process and content.
Persons who have already taken a Comprehensive Workshop will benefit from these specialized sessions by learning how to use the medicine wheel, healing circles and other customs and traditions. Persons who have not taken a Comprehensive Workshop will also benefit and be able to establish an effective peer program for First Nation youth as well as youth from other ethnic and cultural groups.
The seminars cover all key topics including:
- practical strategies to recruit, select, and supervise peers:
- twenty roles peers can play to prevent problems, mediate disputes, and promote healthy growth;
- the 12 core skills of a peer helping training curriculum;
- how to design a curriculum for advanced skills and issues;
- experiential learning techniques that energize training;
- when to teach and when to facilitate;
- how to conduct a needs assessment for program longevity;
- how to use feedback and facilitation skills to train like an expert;
- how and when to motivate peer helpers;
- how to gain and maintain program support from unexpected sources;
- six proven methods to turn resistance into alliance;
- eight peer program standards that resolve pesky legal issues;
- examples of successful implementation strategies; and
- how to use simple strategies to evaluate program progress.
Participants are organized into small groups for the peer training and consultation activities. Each participant has an opportunity to partner with another workshop participant to lead a supervised training session. The workshop relies strongly on interactive methods designed to maximize adult learning and model effective training.
Participants will be involved in lectures, communication skill exercises, role plays, training leadership opportunities, curriculum development, peer helping, and other experiential activities.
Credit and Certification
Participants will be eligible to apply for national certification as Peer Helper Trainers (Level I or Level II). This certification system is based on national training standards originally developed by the Peer Counselling Project at the University of Victoria.
Participants who attend a complete workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is also available through the Canadian Counselling Association.