What training is provided for members of S.O.A.R.?
All of our Peer Counsellors, themselves survivors, are fully screened and are required to complete a 18 session training program led by S.O.A.R. trainers.
The training emphasizes supportive, listening counselling skills and includes:
- communication skills
- types and effects of abuse
- crisis management
- responding to flashbacks
- post-traumatic stress
You can download the S.O.A.R. Peer Counselling Training Manual here.
Upon completion of the course, participants can then apply to become members of S.O.A.R. and S.O.A.R.-certified Peer Counsellors.
Ongoing support, education and training is provided through monthly gatherings, annual workshops, retreats and training seminars.
Training in Group Facilitation and Training the Trainer is also available to S.O.A.R. Peer Counsellors, thus enabling S.O.A.R. members to take an active role in the facilitation of support groups for survivors as well as in the delivery of Peer Counsellor training.
Click to see sample Group Facilitation Training flyer from a previous training session. (PDF File)
Do NOT apply for this Facilitation training – it is a past event for example only!