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. 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.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
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?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the current environment related to mental health and mental illness
  • Describe the fundamental principles of peer support
  • Distinguish between the role of a peer supporter and other mental health professionals
  • Describe the importance of ethics, boundaries and dual relationships when providing peer support
  • Explain the importance of self-care 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