Live Virtual Workshops

Peer Support

Equipping the Natural Helper

October 03, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$299.00 (regular rate)
$269.00 (*early rate)
Location: Online Virtual
*early rate expires 09/12/2024
6
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

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Peer Support - Live Virtual - October 3, 2024; 9am-4pm Central Time

Early rate expires 09/12/2024

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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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, 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

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, delivered electronically.

*Please allow only the registered individual(s) to view the materials.

Some of the Topics Included

  • 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.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: John Koop Harder

MSW, RSW

John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences. Read blogs written by John here.

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