for Peer Learners
We welcome you as an individual peer learner to the Where We Are At provincial peer support worker (PSW) training curriculum. Our goal throughout this training curriculum is to optimize your individual choice and autonomy. You might choose to dive right in and move through all 16 modules while working toward a certificate or you might decide to create your own training program by mixing and matching some of the individual training modules with other learning resources on the site to suit your own interests.
No matter how you choose to engage with the curriculum, your experience will be improved by knowing what your personal learning goals are. Your goal might be to add to your current knowledge of peer support work by focusing on particular learning modules or maybe you’re just beginning your journey toward becoming a PSW and are planning to complete the full course.
Whether you choose to work through the entire curriculum or to customize your own program, we’ve provided you with all the tools you will need to meet your learning objectives.
The Employers Guide to Supporting & Engaging Peer Workers explores the role and needs of peer support workers. Peer support workers can be found in every facet of mental health and substance use services and provide invaluable care and advocacy to a range of communities and populations.
Provincial Peer Support Worker Training Curriculum (16 modules)
The provincial peer support worker (PSW) training curriculum is made up of 16 individual training modules meant to provide a strong foundation for those folks beginning their journey toward becoming a peer support worker as well as providing opportunities for those already working as PSWs to deepen and expand their knowledge.
The curriculum covers a wide range of topics chosen by peer support workers from across the province. Topics include mental health, understanding boundaries, connection and communication, supporting someone who uses substances and much more – all created in direct consultation with peer support workers.
“I was never given any core values to have as a guide interacting with those I worked with. I only had my own values to rely on. It takes the onus off me knowing that I have a set of standards that are the same across the board.”
F.D., Peer Worker