Peer Support and Code of Ethics

The ability to share a traumatic experience with others who are facing similar issues can play a significant role in recovery. Mental health prevention and awareness has typically been nonexistent among the first responder community. Mental health is just as important as physical health and many organizations are in the process of creating their own peer support programs. Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and confidentiality. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and/or diagnostic criteria; it is about understanding another’s situation empathetically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. This course will introduce you to the nature and value of peer support.

You will learn about the skills, abilities and attributes of a peer supporter and how to set up a peer support system within the guidelines stated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This course will also explore the differences between providing peer support and professional mental health care. Other topics will include the Code of Ethics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, multiple relations, respect for persons, and objectivity.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Beth Milliard $350.00 29 Register
Online - - TBD $350.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of peer support as it relates to trauma and first responders
  • Define the fundamental principles of peer support
  • Distinguish between the role of a peer supporter and other mental health professionals
  • Describe the importance of a code of ethics for peer support: creating boundaries, enabling, conflicts of interest, duty to report and dual relationships
  • Analyze the importance of self-care and resiliency as a peer supporter

How will I learn?

  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas