The ability to share a traumatic experience with others who are facing similar issues can play a significant role in recovery. In this course, we explore the nature and value of peer support. You will learn about the skills, abilities and attributes of a peer support worker and how to set up a peer support system within the framework of a decision model for ethical issues. You’ll also examine the differences between peer support groups, support groups and therapy groups, and the benefits that each offers.
In addition, you will be introduced to the code of ethics surrounding peer support, including the roles of confidentiality, conflict of interest, multiple relations, boundary of competency, respect for persons, and objectivity.