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Peer Support Skills - Workshop Series

A four-part series introducing basic peer support skills and providing practice on how to implement them in your personal life.

About this event

“Peer support” refers to practical, emotional support from a person with lived experience and/or training around a particular subject. It is non-clinical, strength-based, and driven by the person who is being supported.

The basic skills we will introduce and practice include:

  • Active listening
  • Reflections
  • Open-ended questions
  • Validations (and avoiding platitudes)
  • Redirections
  • Boundary-setting

The goal is to provide a group setting to move from talking about peer support skills to actually practicing them.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Anyone aged 14+ who has found themselves in a position to provide emotional support to someone in their life. It’s not easy to know what to say when someone is having a rough time, but it’s easy to make assumptions that are well-intentioned but accidentally create more harm and judgment.

There are no eligibility requirements regarding gender, licensing, or other personal identity or experience. This workshop series does not provide any kind of certification or CEUs.

COST

None.

WORKSHOP DATES

This is a four-part series:

  1. Monday, December 6, 6-8pm PST
  2. Wednesday, December 7, 6-8pm PST
  3. Monday, December 13, 6-8pm PST
  4. Wednesday, December 15, 6-8pm PST

FORMAT

All four sessions will be online using Zoom. You will need to be able to join the session at least by audio; they recommend joining with video as well, if possible. Digital worksheets and notes will be provided, which attendees are invited to print and use however they want.

Each session will be a combination of lecture, group discussion, and group practice in applying various peer support skills to hypothetical scenarios.

CONTENT WARNING

Their practice uses hypothetical scenarios involving real-world traumas, including but not limited to domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and substance misuse.

FACILITATORS

This series is facilitated by two advocates for domestic violence survivors, each of whom are certified under California law and have been providing crisis intervention and direct service for several years in social services.

CONTACT

For more information or clarification, you may contact one of the facilitators, Marjorie, at mcoffey@wafwc.org.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, December 6, 2021, 9:00 - 11:00 am