Virtual Training Program for Peers on Trauma Informed Peer Support
This full day virtual training is designed for peers who will provide outreach and support to underserved victims and interested organizations. Peer trainers will train other peers using the Trauma Informed Peer Support (TIPS) curriculum. It will also include coaching and information sharing by peer trainers who have a variety of experiences having worked in multiple systems and settings. The training will accommodate 15 participants via zoom per session.
Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:
- Define “peer support” and describe three principles of peer support that differentiate it from traditional professional approaches to services.
- Describe three characteristics of peer support that contribute to the development of healing relationships among trauma survivors. Including how peer support can it be used in context of traditional victim service agencies and allied professions. (Domestic Violence, Rape Crisis, Human Trafficking, Substance Abuse and other Mental Health settings).
- Describe three actions peer supporters can take within your organization to avoid “helping that hurts.”
- Understand what policies and procedures should be in place within an organization to successfully implement a “trauma-informed” peer support program or service.
- Discuss how understanding trauma survivors’ reactions as “coping strategies” rather than “symptoms” affects the healing potential of peer support relationship.
- Explain how understanding that people have membership in multiple cultural groups can be helpful in establishing peer support relationships and supporting recovery.
- Describe how trauma survivors’ personal narratives can be used to explore the meaning survivors make of their trauma experience and how these narratives can be used for healing and growth.
- List three possible social action activities that trauma survivors can take in your community to reclaim power in their lives.