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Standards and Criteria Associated with National Certification at Level I

Understanding and knowledge of relevant research, resources, and issues in peer helping
Demonstrating, modeling, and facilitating the interpersonal skills trainees are expected to acquire
Managing and structuring group process, including personal growth, task and goal achievement of group participants
Knowledge of and experience in successful peer program development and implementation
Submit documentation of enrolment in course, workshop, or learning event which focuses exclusively on peer helping (such as a specialized university course; a Peer Resources 3-5 day train-the-trainer workshops, NPHA courses, or other peer trainer workshops); OR submit a copy of a written paper on peer helping. Submit documentation of course or thirty hour plus workshop in communication skills. Summarize skill strengths and areas in need of improvement; OR provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in this interpersonal area. (Not necessary for persons who have successfully completed a Peer Training course officially designated as Level I.) Submit documentation of a thirty hour plus group skills course; OR submit reference letter from a Level II or III Certified Trainer documenting use of group techniques in working with peers; OR document experience in leading groups with supervision. (Not necessary for persons who have successfully completed an official Level I peer training course.) Submit a copy of peer program description, describing stages or components of peer program development; AND submit a plan of action to gain further training, engage in networking, seek consultation, and put program ideas into practice. (Not necessary for persons who have successfully completed a peer training course officially designated as Level I.)

The Peer Helper Certification System was originally established in
1987 by the Peer Counselling Project at the University of Victoria.

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