Peer Training 101

Why peer training?

Why peer training?

Individual Impact: Peers consistently attest to the program’s impact in enabling them to strengthen their recovery efforts, increase their commitment to HIV risk reduction, improve their access to services, and rebuild their self-esteem. These factors directly support the Peers’ ability and motivation to maintain healthy behavioral changes over time.

Community Impact: Peer Educators act as role models for positive behavioral change and have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the communities they serve. By providing culturally competent health education, one-on-one coaching, and outreach, trained Peer Educators have the capacity to provide peer navigation and peer support services that result in community-level increases in health care utilization, connection to recovery and supportive services, reduced hospitalizations, reduced emergency room utilization, and improved health outcomes, such as viral load suppression and reduced rates of new HIV infections.

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Training Schedule

Training Schedule

PTI Peer Training takes place over the course of 6 weeks. Half-day workshops are conducted 3 days per week, 2 workshops per day, with the exception of Friday afternoon, when a Peer support group will be offered in place of a workshop. This schedule results in a total of 30 workshops (5 per week for 6 weeks) and 6 support groups.

The PTI weekly peer support groups on Friday afternoons are designed to support PTI training participants in sustaining recovery and staying “on track” in their transition toward independence and ongoing employment. The support group also reinforces self-management and conflict resolution skills.

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Training Topics

Training Topics

The Peer Training program is implemented as a combination of didactic and participatory instruction around health education, communication, job readiness, and administrative skills.

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    • Effectively communicate with people of different backgrounds/values
    • Conduct health education presentations
    • Document outreach efforts
    • Read and interpret lab reports
    • Co-facilitate support groups
    • Role model health behavior
    • Uphold professional code of conduct and confidentiality standards
    • Create a resume
    • Conduct a job search
    • Conduct a job interview
    • HIV 101: Immunology, Transmission, and Prevention
    • HIV/HCV Co-infection
    • Substance abuse recovery
    • Tuberculosis, Diabetes, Heart Disease
    • Treatment Adherence/Side Effects
    • Nutrition
    • Ethics
    • Confidentiality
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Wellness
    • Entitlements and benefits
    • Advocacy
    • Self-care
    • Stress Management
    • Communication/Speech
    • Conflict Management
    • Documentation
    • Health literacy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Screening and enrollment
    • Resume and interviewing
Post-Graduation

Post-Graduation

Following graduation from the Peer Training, peers are interviewed, matched and placed in internships/part-time job positions in community-based organizations. During this phase, PTI provides ongoing training and support to the PTI graduates, as well as consultation to CBO employees who supervise the PTI graduates.  Ongoing training and support includes:

  • Task Supervisor Orientation: Half-day workshop to orient CBO Task Supervisors to their roles and responsibilities in supervising PTI Peer Interns, with an overview of expectations and strategies for successfully working with Peer Interns and resolving issues.
  • Peer Support Groups:  Biweekly support group sessions for six months following PTI training and internship placement. The support group will provide Peer Interns with a safe space to share their job-related successes and challenges, develop strategies to overcome challenges, and to reinforce their coping skills. In addition to helping Peer Interns manage their day-to-day placement responsibilities and navigate conflicts that may arise, support group sessions also seek to support Peer Interns in maintaining their health and sobriety in the face of additional income and potential workplace stressors, in an effort to identify triggers and avoid relapse and/or health-related problems.  Support group sessions will also address reinforce workplace policies and procedures, including confidentiality, documentation, channels of communication, workplace culture, dress code, and conflict resolution.
  • Advanced Trainings: Quarterly skills training workshops following initial training and internship placement, including booster sessions on Medication updates, computer skills, making the most out of supervision, trauma, domestic violence, crisis management, and other topics.
  • 1:1 Placement Support: Individualized follow-up with Peer Interns twice per month to discuss placement progress, areas for improvement, work place challenges, identify ways to resolve conflict, improve work place performance, and identify referral needs.

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