Certificate in Peer Support

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Course Category:

Mental Health

Duration (hours):



This module, ‘Certificate in Peer Support’ equips the learners with necessary competencies so that they can perform the role of a Peer Support Specialist. This training comprises 80 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of supervised practicum at a social service agency or healthcare organisation. Learners who fulfil all requirements for this module and are assessed to be competent will receive a Certificate in Peer Support.

*Please note that this module does not guarantee learners with a job upon completion of the training.

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.

Target Participants:

Learner who:
• is keen to build their competencies to perform the role of a Peer Support Specialist
• is at least 21 years old
• is a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
• has a diagnosed mental health condition and his/her condition has stabilised
• is willing to share his/her own lived experiences to support others with their recovery
• self-identifies as a present or former primary consumer of mental health services

It is preferred that the learner has completed the ‘Preparatory Training for Potential Peer Support Specialist’ by SSI which is the first module in the Peer Support Specialist Programme.

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

Learning Outcome:

This module aims to build competencies in peer support work to enhance the job-readiness of persons with mental health conditions to perform the role of a Peer Support Specialist.
1. Apply recovery and resilience principles to support peers
2. Demonstrate peer support practice in the role as a peer support specialist
3. Relate the purpose of recovery and resilience documentation to peer support practice
4. Share a recovery/resilience story
5. Apply practice of peer support and resilient conversation in culturally diverse situations
6. Apply ethical standards to peer support scenarios
7. Prepare a primary self-healthcare survey
8. Facilitate a resilient conversation with peers facing challenging situations
9. Practice trauma informed care with peers
10. Practice peer support with peers facing addiction challenges
11. Prepare for career readiness as a Peer Support Specialist

Assesment Details:

Assessment Requirements
Learners will be assessed by a Mid-term written assessment and a Practical assessment.

Practicum Requirements
Learners are required to undergo 100 hours of practicum and assessment after completion of the classroom training.


Classroom Training:
03-14 Feb 2020 (10 days)
Monday-Friday, 9.30am-6.00pm

Practicum Training:
17 Feb 2020 (1 day)
Friday, 9.30-6.00pm

Practicum (to be allocated upon successful enrolment and completion of classroom training):
18 Feb – 13 Apr 2020

Practicum Supervision Sessions:
04, 18 March 2020, 01, 15 April 2020
9.00am-1.00pm (Timing to be confirmed)

29 May 2020, Friday (Timing to be confirmed)

Registration: Click here here to download the application form

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.

Duration of 180 hours include:
- 80 hours of classroom training and practicum training
- 100 hours of practicum, including practicum supervision sessions

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

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