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Implementation Workshop Price: $575.00 Plus GST School Level: Secondary Location: Livepool, NSW Date: Tuesday, 1 April 2014
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  • Mission

    Peer Support Australia provides school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people.

  • Vision

    Our vision is that all young people will be emotionally equipped to care for themselves and others, and make informed and skilled contributions to their communities.

  • Goal

    Our goal is that young people who take part in the Peer Support Program will be:
    • personally responsible for their own wellbeing
    • able to manage their lives positively and safely
    • involved in, and supported by, their community.

The Peer Support Program:

  • is a peer led, skills based, experiential learning program
  • empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society
  • provides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing
  • develops key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership
  • utilises a whole school approach to support positive cultural change
  • provides authentic leadership opportunities for Peer Leaders

How does the Peer Support Program work?

  • Key teachers attend a one day Implementation Workshop. The Workshop provides Coordinating Teachers with all the information needed to implement and maintain an effective Peer Support Program, and confidently train their Peer Leaders.
  • Teachers facilitate 2 days of Peer Leaders’ Training with their Peer Leaders at school. In primary schools, trained Year 6 Peer Leaders facilitate sessions with multi-aged groups of about 8-10 students from Kindergarten to Year 5.
  • In secondary schools, trained Year 10 Peer Leaders facilitate sessions with groups of 8-10 younger students from the entry year group.
  • Peer Leaders facilitate sessions from one of the 8 session modules.
  • Supervising Teachers provide support to the Peer Leaders through training, briefing, debriefing and supervision during the sessions.

How does the Peer Support Program support other initiatives?

  • Outcomes of the Peer Support Program have links to curriculum areas, especially Health and Physical Education, English and History.
  • Supports the development of General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum.
  • Enhances complementary initiatives such as student welfare, pastoral care, MindMatters, KidsMatter, National Safe Schools Framework, National Framework for Values Education, buddy programs and anti-bullying.
  • Contributes towards the development of positive school culture.
  • Emphasises the adoption of a whole school approach to include teachers, parents and students.