Happy to report that I have completed my Peer Support Training with FVA (Fife Voluntary Action) and LA Co-reflection.
A big thank you to Lisa Archibald (LA) and Trish O’Brien (FVA).
We learned about and discussed the following:
- Session 01, Introduction:
- History of peer support and where it came from.
- Peer support values.
- Session 02, Relationships:
- Relational dynamics, and how we might get stuck.
- What do positive relationships feel like?
- Session 03, What Do We Fell and Need:
- Mutuality in relationships.
- Having intentional conversations.
- What parts of my life story do I want to share.
- Session 04, Connections and Endings:
- Forming connections and commonalities.
- How do you move forwards from a disconnection?
- Endings in relationships.
The course was delivered over a total of 10 hours (4 x 2.5 hours sessions on separate days).
The course was delivered via zoom with tutor-led theory and discussions, as well as group-led small group work (2-3 persons).
What Did I Learn
Things I learned during the course include:
- The importance of building a connection within a peer support relationship, and understanding how commonalities can aid this.
- Understand and appreciate that some relationships are not meant to be, and how to communicate this.
- Peer support is a negotiation and two-way process, both the helper and helpee get something out of the relationship.
- How to reconnect if there is disconnect.
- Ensuring that the helpee has the opportunity to expression what they hope to achieve from peer support.
- Periodic review of the peer support relationship – to ensure it is progressing towards its stated aims (see point above).
- Peer support should be honest and open.
- Discuss boundaries and limits at the start of the relationship.
- Negotiate what is comfortable and why (e.g. comfortable with a hand shake but not a hug) (see point above).
- How to reframe questions or statements, and why we do this.