Peer Education Training Package
The training package has been designed and developed over three years. Each year the package has been modified and extended as we learned through experience with peer educators and students.
Many of the activities used in the training package have been developed by trained peer educators as they work with Keep Safe Stay Cool. The processes for exploring topics in training are utilised in peer educator led class sessions and continue to be refined as Peer Educators and health workers work together.
The Keep Safe Stay Cool training package is designed to be interactive and creative, utilising adult learning principles and group work processes. Issues of domestic violence, gender role stereotyping, healthy relationships and human rights are explored. Skill development is the focus of final sessions. Training consists of twelve four-hour sessions.
A maximum of four morning/afternoon or evening sessions per week are recommended or the peer educators may feel overloaded. A minimum of one per week will ensure you sustain involvement. We found that a whole day session was too much for peer educators and we would not recommend this.
Training Sessions cover:
After training the Peer Educators are able to:
Keep Safe Stay
Cool curriculum trains young people to
be Peer Educators – it does not train young people to be domestic violence
counsellors. It is important that
Peer Educators are clear about the difference from the beginning.
Domestic violence intervention can
be dangerous for victims and those who assist them.
Safety is of prime importance for the young people who train.
Local resources which offer
counselling and support are discussed in training and the young people are
encouraged to pass on relevant information to people who may approach them
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