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Building Blocks to Peer Success: Module on Core Competencies on Peer Role

Building Blocks to Peer Success: Module on Core Competencies on Peer Role

April 1, 2009
Boston University School of Public Health, Health and Disability Working Group


Toolkit module complementing the main Toolkit Guide presenting detailed information on workplace expectations, boundaries, confidentiality, counseling, navigating the health care system, working as part of a clinical team, communicating with providers, readiness to be a peer, and self-care. 

The modules below go into depth about the many different aspects of a peer's role. Portions of this training must be adapted for local conditions: navigating the health care system, confidentiality, the peer job descriptions and employee benefits. Several training programs use local provider panels to describe the services they offer. This needs to be supplemented with a discussion about how peers find out about other local resources. The confidentiality training modules should be supplemented with information about specific state laws. Job descriptions and benefits discussions should also reflect local conditions. Modules include:

  • What is a Peer?
  • Workplace Issues
  • Stages of Change
  • Disclosure
  • Multidisciplinary Team
  • Navigating the System
  • Self-Care
  • Are You Ready to Be a Peer?

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