Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

Program Development Guide

Overview of Key Steps

Chapter Navigation

1. Overview of Key Steps

2. Design Content and Approach

3. Training Evaluation and Ongoing Training

4. Examples


Overview of Key Steps

The figure below summarizes key steps for training peer supporters. This basic outline is drawn from the experiences and lessons learned of other peer support programs, particularly from two seminars in 2011 and 2012 organized by Peers for Progress Grantees in Alabama, California and Michigan.

Figure 5. Key steps for training peer supporters


2011 SBM Seminar: Recruiting training and evaluating peer supporters Peers for Progress Grantees in Alabama, California and Michigan share how they recruit, train and evaluate peer supporters.
2012 SBM Seminar: Training Ensuring Competencies and Intervention Tracking In addition to training, Peers for Progress Grantees in Alabama, California and Michigan also share how they conduct training evaluation and monitor the peer support delivery. The content focuses on similarities and differences across these projects.

Note: For further information, please contact the presenters, who are also Peers for Progress grantees:

  1. Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham,
  2. Tricia Tang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia,
  3. Guadalupe X. Ayala, PhD, MPH, Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University,


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