On Demand Workshops

Peer Support

Equipping the Natural Helper

$129.00
4.5

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

When challenges in life occur, people naturally reach out for support from those closest to them – coworkers, friends, and family. Their initial response can go a long way in terms of normalizing the challenge, planning the next steps, and exploring additional resources. Progressive workplaces and communities recognize the importance of being prepared for challenges, and are proactive in better equipping natural helpers with the skills they need to be a supportive resource to others. This workshop explores the support process, key qualities of the peer helper, and issues that may arise when assisting others. This is an interactive and experiential training where participants will work through activities designed to enhance their communication, develop helping skills, and learn practical strategies for supporting others.

Trainer: Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define peer support
  • Summarize benefits and challenges to a peer support role
  • List counselling skills that are part of a peer support process
  • Describe steps for a peer to guide a conversation

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Qualities of the Peer Helper
  • Common Missteps in Helping
  • Essential Communication Skills
  • Exploring Strengths and Resources
  • Supporting Mental Health
  • Dealing with Risks
  • Looking After Ourselves – Dealing with the “Downsides” of Helping

Target Audience

This introductory level workshop is appropriate for people in a wide variety of settings.

Trainer: Marwa Fadol

MA, RPsych

Marwa is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a Mental Health Therapist, providing triage and assessment to people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. She also has a private practice where she works with families around various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and family relationships. Additionally, Marwa consults with community and faith-based organizations on topics related to mental health. As a clinician she believes that people are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength and capacity to enact change. Marwa approaches her work through an attachment and developmental lens and sees that her role as a therapist is to help empower people to write their own life stories, explore their own values and beliefs about how the world works, and develop authentic, fulfilling relationships. She is also a contributing author of CTRI’s book, Counselling in Relationships, and is the author or editor of several of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of attachment and counselling in relationships. As a trainer she brings warmth and humour and draws on her varied experiences to make for an engaging, relevant training experience. Read blogs written by Marwa here.

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