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Introduction to Peer Facilitation Training

On Friday, June 26th the Self Help Resource Centre facilitated Introduction to Peer Facilitation Training at Houselink. A number of topics were covered including: how to create an action plan for starting a peer support group, how to establish a comfort agreement, what strength based language is and how to handle and resolve conflict. A supportive and inclusive environment was created through the group’s participation in discussions and active listening. In addition to a great presentation and engaging discussions there was also a lovely lunch provided by Houselink.

Don’t just take our word for the fantastic training, read what the participants are saying!

“The presenter was knowledgeable and knew different skills in presenting the material.”
“Easy going atmosphere, filled with positive information.”
“All info was practical”
“What I liked most was group participation; facilitator was welcoming/approachable/supportive/informative.”
“Great workshop, will recommend and spread the word.”
“Thank you for the day.”
“Facilitator = empowering! Thank you!”
“Good workshop, thank you for organizing it.”
“What I found most useful was being with other people working to do something, trying to make something happen. I feel supported in that.”
“What I found most useful was discussing all the topics, hearing different opinions from people.”
“What I found most useful was the comfort agreement and reforming the way we think and speak.”

Advanced Peer Support Facilitation Training

On Friday April 24th the Self-Help Resource Centre provided its first Advanced Peer Support Facilitation Training to a full house. This training builds on the fundamental concepts explored in the Introductory Training such as the role of the facilitator, how to use a comfort agreement, how to work with conflict in a group, and facilitation skills development. The advanced training starts off like a peer support group with introductions/check in, group objectives and agenda, and the creation of group guidelines/comfort agreement, with an emphasis on using strengths-based language and communication. The training continues with opportunities for peer leaders to bring their experience to the group and explore facilitator ethics, effective communication, tension, conflict, etc. There is also an opportunity to practice facilitation and build personal facilitator skills, such as mindful listening, self-compassion, self and group care, and more.

After completing the Intro and Advanced trainings, participants are welcome to join our monthly community of practice on the first Thursday of the month. This monthly meeting creates a space for peer leaders to get support from other peer leaders, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to ongoing challenges in the field. Please note:

Next Intro Training: TBA
Next Advance Training: TBA
Next Community of Practice: TBA

Contact:  416-487-4355 or email

Participant Feedback:

“Lovely to reconnect with others from the first training”

“What I liked the most and found most useful was the experience of facilitating a group and the information about how to deal with challenges in the groups, diffusing tension and conflicts.”

“It was great and a lot of fun”

“Thank you for all your hard work, support and encouragement”

“What I liked most was the atmosphere”

“Networking was the most useful and I like the facilitation practice the most”

“Good Session!!”

“The facilitation practice was the most useful, as it was great to put what we learned into practice and to get feedback for improvement”

“Thank you. I am happy to find my questions answered and I feel confident that I invested in my recovery”

“Feeling great!!!”

“What I liked most and found most useful was the openness and exchange of ideas”

“What I liked most was the people I met”

“Great work!”

“It was a great group”

“What was most useful was the insight into your own triggers and stressors and actions to take”

“The kindness and respect shared by everyone was most useful”

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