Together adds summer dates to peer support training programme
Posted on 16, April 2013
Together is inviting people to apply for places on an 8-day peer support training programme this summer, following the success of similar courses that have been running since November last year.
Peer supporters draw on their own experiences of mental distress to help others towards better mental wellbeing, and it has been shown that genuine, meaningful peer support can help people to take huge strides towards improved mental health.
Together’s training prepares people to use their own experience of mental distress to help others through distressing times, by developing their understanding, knowledge, confidence and practical skills. Trainers use a self-reflective approach that is designed to help those on the course in their own lives as well as providing a strong foundation for helping others. Skills that are developed on the course include positive communication, coaching, goal setting, focusing on people’s strengths and asking the right questions in the right way.
The training is aimed at anyone who has experienced mental distress themselves (no matter what point they are at in their recovery) and would like to support others through their experiences. It may be particularly useful for those who are already giving support on an informal basis, and who would like to consolidate their skills through formal training.
The programme has been designed by staff and service users in Together’s Service User Involvement Directorate and is service user-led. This means that the content of the programme really focuses on what service users find helpful in peer support, and the delivery style positively embraces people’s lived experience and encourages peer support throughout the duration of the programme itself. Many of the trainers have themselves used mental health services, and all have extensive knowledge and experience of peer support.
The qualification could help those seeking a route into employment in mental health settings, or be used informally with family and friends.
The closing date for applications is 7 May 2013. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For more information about the course, contact Angela Newton by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01524 62039. To book a place, email email@example.com, call 0207 780 7364, or download an application form here.
Training days (all times are from 10.30am – 4.00pm):
Thursday 23rd May 2013 An introduction to Peer Support
Thursday 30th May The role of Peer Supporters
Wednesday 5th June Positive Communication
Monday 10th June Sharing Our Stories
Tuesday 18th June Supporting Our Peers: coaching for hope
Monday 24th June Supporting Our Peers: coaching toolkit I
Monday 1st July Supporting Our Peers: coaching toolkit II
Monday 8th July Supporting Ourselves as Peer Supporters
Monday 29th July Observation recording of Peer Support
Rates for attending complete course and all course material per person:
Service User Groups / Unwaged: £28 per session – £224 for 8 sessions
Voluntary Sector: £58 per session – £464
Statutory Sector: £88 per session – £704 for 8 sessions
We hope to secure accreditation of this training programme in 2013. You will be able to receive backdated accreditation credits if you complete, submit and pass assessed work. Accreditation will cost £100 per person.