Peer Support Worker Training

Your Lived Experience, Your Leadership Journey

Peer Support Worker Training is your opportunity to take all that you’ve learned on your journey of recovery and play a powerful role in the lives of your peers.

What is Peer Support Worker Training?

Peer Support Worker Training prepares you to offer one-on-one practical and emotional support to people who are learning how to manage their own mental health recovery. Peer Support Workers have walked their journey recovery long enough to play an inspiring and encouraging leadership role. They also understand that leadership in recovery is about meeting people on their level with authenticity and humility, as a friend and not as an “authority.”

Peer Support Worker Training builds on Recovery Support Training, which is offered by Fraser Health, in partnership with Clubhouses and the Peer Support Program.

Who is it for?

Peer Support Worker Training is for people with lived experiences of managing mental health challenges who want to support others on their journey of recovery. It is designed for people who have already taken the Recovery Support Training and have a strong record of community involvement and volunteering.

What to expect

To earn a Peer Support Certification through this training, you will learn (among much else):

  • Excellent communication skills
  • How to set healthy boundaries
  • What it means to offer trauma-informed support
  • How to support a peer in setting and meeting personal goals
  • How support a peer in finding and using community resources
  • How to navigate cultural differences

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are tests, role plays and practicums. Please see the resource below "Becoming a Peer Support Worker with Fraser Health" for many details regarding the training.
Yes, practicums are part of the training, trainees will be placed in Acute (Hospital) and Tertiary (Long Term Stay) facilities. This is a requirement to complete the training.
Yes, there is a mix of virtual and in person classes during the training. You will need access to a computer or device that will have video to show yourself during the virtual sessions.

Testimonial

Testimonial

Our 2021 Peer Support Training is now full, the next training is tentatively September 2022.

– Patrick

How to Join

Peer Support Worker Training is held at various locations. If you are interested, you can sign up now and we will contact you when Peer Support Worker Trainings come available in 2022.

Resources

Becoming a Peer Support Worker within Fraser Health

Information regarding taking RST to meet the prerequisites for Peer Support Training and Peer Support Training information.
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How to Use Zoom

Instructions on how to use zoom on many devices during our groups.
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RST Manual

The manual is 155 pages; you will have received it during your RST training. This manual is partly used for Peer Support Training. If you do not have the one from RST you may choose to print or wait to have one provided at the training.
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