Live Virtual Workshops

Peer Support

Equipping the Natural Helper

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This is a live virtual event using Zoom, an online meeting platform. Please check your system requirements prior to registering.
September 26, 2023
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$279.00 (regular rate)
$249.00 (*early rate)
Location: Online Virtual
*early rate expires 09/06/2023
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Peer Support - Live Virtual - September 26, 2023; 9am-4pm Central Time

Early rate expires 09/06/2023

Quantity: 1 $ 249.00
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Mental health is important at all life stages. The teen years can be particularly stressful, which is why it is vital to build healthy coping strategies. This workshop uses an interactive and conversation-based approach to explore a range of mental health issues and their relationship with beneficial and problematic coping patterns and addictions. Participants will learn how to take care of their own mental health and develop skills for being a support to their peers who are going through mental health challenges.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of mental health, mental illness, and stigma
  • Describe the role of identity and external pressures on youth mental health
  • Build a toolbox of coping strategies to use when facing stressors
  • Develop self-awareness in emotional regulation and communication skills for peer support
  • Identify key aspects for providing support, including for self-injury and suicide

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

Method of Delivery

This training is delivered in-person. Participants can expect reflective questions and exercises, breakout rooms/small group activities, small and large group discussions, and opportunities to practice new skills, delivered electronically.

Some of the Topics Included

  • What Is Peer support in Mental Health? 
  • Being a Good Listener
  • Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems
  • Ways to Regulate Emotions 
  • Building a Coping Skills Toolkit
  • Understanding Addictions
  • Responding to Peers Who Are Suicidal or Self-Harming
  • Connecting to Adult Support

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop for youth who will be taking on a peer support role, their parents, and anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: John Koop Harder


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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