This is the first module of the ‘Peer Support Specialist Programme’. It provides learners with an awareness and introduction to the role of a Peer Support Specialist, and the significance of sharing their lived experiences in order to support others on their recovery journeys. The module will be conducted over two days in a classroom.
However, completion of the ‘Preparatory Training for Potential Peer Support Specialist” module does not guarantee learners a place in the ‘Certificate in Peer Support’ module.
Learners who wish to enrol in this module should:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Be keen to know more about peer support work and the role of a Peer Support Specialist.
- Have a diagnosed mental health condition which has stabilised.
- Be willing to share their own lived experiences in order to support others in their recovery.
- Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
The skills and knowledge that learners are required to possess prior to applying for this course, are as follows:
- 3 GCE ‘O’ level credits, including English, or equivalent qualifications are preferred.
- An ability to comprehend, speak, read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to level 5 of the Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ) Workplace Literacy (WPL).
- Numeracy skills at a proficiency level equivalent to level 5 of the Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ) Workplace Numeracy (WPN).
Upon completion of this module, learners are expected to be able to:
- Describe the service provided by a Peer Support Specialist in a mental health setting.
- Describe the key principles of recovery and resilience.
- Describe the interaction guidelines in the Peer Support Discipline.
- Describe the approach of sharing and writing a recovery story from the resilience perspective.
At the end of the module, participants will be assessed based on a written assessment.
The trainer led sessions are expected to run from 19 to 20 Aug 21 (the proposed dates may be subjected to further changes).
- Completion of this module does not guarantee that learners will secure a job.
- Registration for the module does not guarantee enrolment in the module. Applicants who have been shortlisted for an interview will receive a notification via email.
- The module is fully sponsored for Singaporeans and permanent residents if they fulfill a 100% attendance requirement and complete all assessments. Learners who do not meet the 100% attendance requirement would need to provide a valid reason with supporting documents (e.g. a medical certificate). In such events, learners should at least meet a 75% attendance requirement.
- For consistency of terminology, the term “Peer Support Specialist” refers to persons with mental health conditions who have been trained and certified to work in multi-disciplinary teams. They are able to leverage on their lived experiences to provide formalised and structured support to others on their recovery journeys.