TNM Partners with the Centre of Innovation for Peer Support

January 6, 2021

In the New Mentality (TNM), we aim to create radically inclusive spaces that allow youth to be their authentic selves. Naturally, many of our TNM groups become a safe haven for our youth leaders to express themselves and open up about their own mental health challenges. 

We believe that finding meaning in hardship is an important part of healing. With the right supports, the exploration of one’s lived experience with mental illness holds the potential to be an experience of learning and growth and can be transformative on an individual level. If harnessed and valued at an organizational and system level, it can also be transformative for organizations and the broader mental health sector.

In partnership with the Centre of Innovation for Peer Support, 20 youth/alumni in The New Mentality network will receive a full scholarship to participate in a 40-hour peer support training. This partnership will allow us to build a safe environment where youth can share and support each other in a healthy manner while working on their projects. 

About the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support 

Support House’s Centre for Innovation in Peer Support provides wellness based, peer-led self-help and social connections programming to community members; and support to organizations who have peer staff, through training in peer-support program implementation, capacity-building, evaluation, research, knowledge brokerage, and quality improvement. The Centre promotes meaningful engagement of lived experience and family/caregivers; and effective peer support regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Description of the training:

The Centre for Innovation in Peer Support is pleased to offer a comprehensive, Best Practice 40 hour Peer Support Core Competencies training. This training aligns to key Peer Support documents created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Peer Support Canada’s Knowledge Matrix, Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program and Addictions Mental Health Ontario’s (AMHO) Best Practice in Peer Support guidelines. Additionally it provides insights into the principles of Trauma informed support and related components of the MHCC National Standards for Psychological Health & Safety.

This training is delivered in 20, two hour interactive virtual training modules.  Over the course of this 40 hours training some of the key concepts that individuals will be introduced to include;

  • The Foundations of Recovery & Wellness
  • Peer Support Fundamentals
  • Advocacy & Self Determination
  • Supportive communication
  • How to share lived/living experience
  • Navigating Boundaries & Dual Relationships
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Building Hope & Resiliency 

This training will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm from January 27th to June 16th, with a break during March Break. 

Deadline to apply is January 18th. Please get in touch with your adult ally or or email Fizza Abbas, Network Coordinator at fizza@thenewmentality.ca to apply!