Wellness College – Peer2Peer

Peer2Peer: Peer-support skills training

Self-managed reading and written work on reflections 4 contact sessions.

Moray Wellbeing Hub is piloting using this tool with practitioners to empower them to be better able to:

  • harness their own peer experiences as a tool for use in their area of specialism
  • support better recovery and wellbeing outcomes for those they work with
  • deliver peer-training courses to a *QA standard (*QA (Quality Assurance) in peer-training)
  • work alongside fellow Champions for support existing
  • develop new projects with the MWH
  • challenge stigma and influence change in their communities by using their own experiences, as well as supporting others to do the same

To make the best use of our resources and peer-values, we ask that participants:

  • agree to attend a minimum of 80% of the course
  • have the ability to self-study and work to deadlines between sessions
  • are MWH Champions

Participants will take part in the review of the training as well as help shape future courses.

Currently, the Moray Wellbeing Hub is developing core competencies that we look for from any trainer in the peer-trainer pool. These are based around the existing QA used for WRAP and involve mentoring and journaling / reflective practice as trainers develop their skills.

What is peer-support?

Peer Support can be used by anyone with any kind of life experience. It occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. An effective peer-support relationship is mutual, authentic and intentional. As human beings we are all peers of mental health experiences, wellbeing and life challenge – Self-awareness of the fact that we all have fluctuating health and can experience distress at any time, can be harnessed as a powerful tool to empower ourselves and others.

This course is designed to hone your peer-support skills for any life role you chose.

Background:

Peer2Peer was developed as a result of a European Union-funded partnership project (that included the Scottish Recovery Network) to train people with lived experience of mental health problems to support others in their recovery.

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