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Peer Support Worker Training

This course is a 12-week part-time course and is designed to facilitate candidates in the role of peer support worker, and equips candidates with the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to carry out this role.
When Apr 21, 2018 01:00 PM to
Jul 07, 2018 04:00 PM
Where Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ
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Attendees This course has been developed to facilitate learning for people with lived experience who wish to act in the role of a Peer Support Worker either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
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Peer Support Workers are individuals with personal experience of mental health who are trained to support others.

This course is a 12-week part-time course and is designed to facilitate candidates in the role of peer support worker, and equips candidates with the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to carry out this role. 

  • Study Method: Classroom based
  • Length: 12 weeks, part-time (Saturdays)
  • Qualification: Certification of completion provided
  • Additional Info: tutor is available for students outside of lesson time
  • Course Fee: £30 (free places are available to charity staff, students and unwaged persons, please get in touch to see if you qualify for a free place). 

What will you learn?

The course consists of 12 modules delivered over 12 weeks, in a three hour session each Saturday. The modules are:

  1. Creating the Learning Environment
  2. What is Recovery?
  3. Personal Recovery
  4. What is Peer Support?
  5. The Peer Relationship
  6. Review and Evaluation
  7. Use of Language and Communication
  8. Using your Experiences
  9. Surviving and Thriving
  10. Positive Risk Taking and Boundaries
  11. Self-help, Self-management and Self-care
  12. Review and Evaluation

The candidates who successfully complete this course will:

  • Explore the development of the recovery approach in mental health
  • Define and understand peer support and its role in recovery
  • Describe and explain the key concepts of formalised peer support
  • Apply a range of theories and concepts in the peer support role
  • Develop relationships based on peer support principles
  • Understand perspectives of the work role

Who is this course for?

This course has been developed to facilitate learning for people with lived experience who wish to act in the role of a Peer Support Worker either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are necessary. Peer support workers must have lived-experience or working knowledge of mental health issues, and you will be expected to write about this as part of the application process.

Practical Experience

You will be expected to gain practical experience by attending one of the morning drop-in sessions directly before the afternoon training course. You are required to attend one session during your training but may attend more voluntarily if you wish to. 

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