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What is Peer Support?

Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help based on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful.

  • Peer Support happens within relationships of shared understanding and validation
  • Peer support provides a safe place to be you.
  • Peer Support promotes the renaming of experiences.
  • Peer support conversations are about ongoing mutual learning.
  • Peer Support encourages mutual responsibility and respect.
  • Peer support is being clear and setting limits.
  • The culture of peer support provides a sense of community.

(Based on work by Shery Mead)

Intentional Peer Support Training

Comcare Peer Services Intentional Peer Support Training Programmes facilitated by accredited trainers. We are also able to adapt this training for organisations to provide Intentional Peer Support training specific for their situation and needs.

The key areas covered in the 30 hour training programmes are:

  • What is intentional peer support?
  • What is unique about peer support?
  • The four tasks — connection, worldview, mutuality & moving towards
  • The power of language
  • Listening differently
  • Mutual responsibility
  • The effects of trauma
  • Shared risk
  • Challenging situations — suicide, self-harm & different reality
  • Boundaries & limits
  • Issues of power & privilege
  • Conflict
  • Journey of recovery, discovery & resilience
  • Self care

Some feedback from people who have completed the training programme:

"Found training wonderful, supportive and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed."

"I'm glad it was over a period of time — the length of time allowed me to take it all in."

"To get a bunch of people with varying experiences, levels of wellness and education to understand Peer Support in 12 weeks was a challenge and you did a great job."

"Inspirational. Has been life changing."

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