Course Content
This session will introduce students to the course and through the use of exercises promote general discussion encouraging the students to begin to get to know each other. The session will cover confidentiality, participation, commitment and a general overview of the course. 
What is Recovery?
The aim of this session is to explore the development of the recovery approach in mental health and to examine key concepts in recovery and a range of factors that support recovery.
Personal Recovery
The aim of this session is to explore personal experience of mental health problems and recovery and consider how the key concepts and factors supporting recovery (covered in session 2) have impacted on your own story of recovery.
What is Peer Support?
Now that we have been introduced to recovery characteristics and developed an understanding of the things that can help and hinder that process, we are going to consider the role the role of peer support in more detail. Firstly, we will examine what we mean by a peer and we will then go on to consider the relationship between peer support and recovery.
The Peer Relationship
In this session we will examine in more detail the processes and practices of establishing peer relationships. We will build on our earlier learning about the role of mutuality and empowerment in peer relationships. There will be a focus on issues of power, choice and control in peer relationships.
Review and Evaluation
The aim of this session is to give candidates the opportunity to reflect on learning to date; provide support and feedback on the assessment task and to review the content to date. The first assessment task is a written assignment in essay format where students consider their personal recovery story in relation to the recovery approach and the role of peer support.
Use of Language and Communications
As peer supporters, the language we use and how we communicate are key to building good connections with the people we are supporting. This session will focus on how we use the language of recovery and our wider communication skills in the peer relationship. The language of recovery is designed to bring out the strengths and abilities of those in recovery. The aim of this session is to introduce candidates to elements of effective communication, including verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening and the use of recovery language, and to enable them to use these to foster an effective peer support relationship.
Using Your Experiences Effectively
One of the most effective ways to explain recovery to others is by people sharing their experiences. It brings to life the reality of recovery. This session builds on previous learning to enable peer supporters to develop their skills and experience in sharing their experiences in ways that are helpful. This sharing is often described as intentional.
Surviving and Thriving
The aim of this session is to look at approaches to working with people which focus on their strengths and capabilities and on building resilience. This will include examining the ways in which strengths based approach might validate and reframe experience and how it uses role modelling and hope to help individuals build resilience. Strengths based approaches are at the heart of peer support practice.
Positive Risk Taking and Boundaries
The aim of this session is to examine the implications of formalised peer support, encouraging students to examine the related concepts of boundaries, role tension and working with risk. The session will introduce the concept of positive risk taking and the approaches that can be used to help in this process. This will include examining the balance between risk and responsibility in the peer relationship. As part of this, students will deal with the difficult topics of trauma, suicidality and risk.
Review and Evaluation
The aim of this session is to give candidates time to review and evaluate the course and their experience of it, and to finish off any outstanding work. it is an opportunity to reflect on learning, discuss experiences and discuss the final assignment.
Useful Resources
Peer Support Training
About Lesson

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 ( so you can discuss the course with your fellow students or ask questions. 

Exercise Files
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