Preparatory Training for Potential Peer Support Specialist

Course Code:


Start Date:

30 Jan 2020

Course Category:

Mental Health

End Date:

31 Jan 2020

Duration (hours):



Social Service Institute

Application closing date : 01 Nov 2019

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This module, ‘Preparatory Training for Potential Peer Support Specialist’ prepares participants for a successful learning experience in relation to the Certificate in Peer Support course. It also provides an awareness and introduction to the role of a Peer Support Specialist, and the significance of sharing a lived experience in peer support work.

Please note that completion of the ‘Preparatory Training for Potential Peer Support Specialist” module does not guarantee learners a place in the ‘Certificate in Peer Support’ module.

1) For the 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 leverage their lived experiences to provide formalised and structured support to others on their recovery journeys.

Learning Outcome:

This module aims to:
1. Explain the mental health service delivery system in Singapore
2. Summarise the role of a Peer Support Specialist in the mental health setting in Singapore
3. Explain the principles of recovery and resilience
4. Associate peer support interaction with the possibility of recovery and resilience in persons with mental health issues
5. Explain the approach of sharing and writing a recovery story
6. Write a Resilient Learning Plan
7. Identify appropriate wellness and self-care techniques

Target Participants:

Learner who:
• is keen to know more about peer support work and the role of a Peer Support Specialist
• has a diagnosed mental health condition and his/her condition has stabilised
• is at least 21 years old
• is willing to share his/her own lived experiences to support others with their recovery
• is a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
• 3 GCE ‘O’ level credits, including English, or equivalent are preferred
• Be able to listen, speak, read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ) Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 5
• Be able to use numeracy skills at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills Workforce Skills Qualifications (ES WSQ) Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 5

Trainer Profile:

Chris W. Martin, M.A. in Ed. & Ed. Counseling, ITE
Resilience, Inc.

Perhaps one of Chris Martin’s greatest accomplishments in life has been his bounce back skills. He’s rebounded from all kinds of adversity, including mental illness, financial woes, personal loss, and professional despair. Bouncing back is one thing, but bouncing forward into something greater is the stuff of real resilience. Chris has quite an impressive professional background to help us spring our recovery and resilience work forward. He has over 25 years of experience as an adult educator, enabling him to refine an expertise in designing, developing, writing and delivering training programs for adult learners. In 2002, he collaborated with Dr. Lori Ashcraft to develop the very first Associate Degree in Recovery program in partnership with South Mountain Community College.

Chris is the author and/or co-author of numerous training materials and workshops such as: The Peer Employment Training (PET) Workbook, Advanced Peer Practices, Keeping the Recovery Skills Alive (KRSA), Home Is Where the Heart Is; Facing Up, Recovery Practices in Leading and Coaching a Peer Workforce, and much more.

For several years, Chris served as Director of the Recovery Opportunity Center in which he facilitated the Peer Employment Training and many other recovery oriented courses throughout the United States, including New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He later served as the Director of Consumer Affairs for Cenpatico of Arizona. Chris was also the Chief Learning Officer for Recovery Innovations where he developed and designed the New Employee Celebration- a college credited and learning-centered new-hire orientation programme


1. Register online, and
2. Submit Annexes A & B via post/by hand by 1 Nov 2019 to SSI, addressed to Ms Sabrina Rapi. Download Annexes A & B here

For applicants from IMH, please seek endorsement and apply through Joy Chiang (HR).

Fee Remarks:

Course is fully sponsored for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, with attendance requirements of 100%* and completion of all assessments.

*Learners who do not meet the 100% attendance requirements would need to provide a valid reason with supporting documents eg Medical Certificate. In such events, learners should not miss more than 25% of the course.

Assesment Details:

At the end of the training, participants are required to write a Resilient Learning Plan as a non-graded assignment. This enables them to strategise and support their successful learning experience in preparing for, and during the Certificate in Peer Support course. The Resilient Learning Plan will be reviewed by the Facilitator for validation and feedback.


Binte MD RAPI Nur Sabrina / / 65895570

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