Welcome to the Peer2Peer training.
Peer2Peer is an innovative course designed to prepare people with lived experience of mental health problems to be employed in peer support roles and support others in their recovery.
It will not only provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required to be in a peer support role but will also contribute to the creation of a recognised employment and career pathway.
The Peer2Peer course is designed to meet five learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are statements that describe what you will be able to do as a result of the learning. These outcomes will help tutors to focus on what they want the students to achieve and help you to understand what is expected of you.
People successfully completing the course will be able to:
• Explore the development of the recovery approach in mental health
• Explain peer support and its role in recovery
• Demonstrate the development of relationships based on peer support values
• Apply strengths based approaches in the peer support role
• Demonstrate an awareness of how to practice safely and effectively in the formalised peer support role
These five learning outcomes are delivered through the Peer2Peer course which comprises 12 sessions: an introductory session; nine sessions covering a range of topics; and two assessment sessions (mid-point and final).
This Peer2Peer course is going to focus on wellness and recovery, and the importance of creating peer relationships which focus on the individual and their whole life. That means taking a whole person approach rather than diagnosis and symptom approach.
During the course students will be encouraged to draw on and share of themselves. This is in order to facilitate learning and skills development. Please remember that you should only share what you are comfortable with and it is your responsibility to keep themselves safe. The Peer2Peer course is a learning rather than a therapeutic experience.
You will be provided with support resources throughout the course, as the content of the course may be challenging due to the subject matter and the nature of self-reflection during assessment.
At any point during the course you can ask questions to the tutor and have access to the closed Facebook study group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1587195838320877) so you can discuss the course with your fellow students or ask questions.