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Power Dynamics

Workshop participants examine principles of peer support within an anti-oppression framework and look at systemic power imbalances. Participants develop a basic understanding of how these power dynamics play out within peer-led groups. Download article as...

Icebreakers & Energizers

Need for people to get to know each other and inject some energy after lunch. Share new and fun activities that contribute to your learning objectives that will also loosen people up and keep enthusiasm levels high! Download article as...

Group Problem Solving and Decision-Making

Learn basic problem solving skills and group decision making techniques for inclusive participatory groups. Explore consensus and conventional decision making in peer-led groups. Download article as...

Conflict & Communication

Participants explore various styles of conflict, the impact on communication, conflict resolution theory, and strategies to minimize conflict within groups. The workshop addresses power imbalances common to peer-led groups, and the need for clear boundaries. Download article as...

Communications Basics for Peer-Led Groups

Workshop participants explore and learn the basic concepts behind the power of stories in peer-led groups. Participants learn listening and assertive messaging skills, the foundation of communication for sharing stories in peer-led groups. Download article as...

Learning Styles

Kolb’s Learning Styles Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ KOLB’S LEARNING STYLES This model works on two levels – a four-stage...

Leveling Power Dynamics

Leveling Power Dynamics Part I: Leveling General Power Imbalances Power comes in many forms and powerful groups are effective. In the context of peer-led groups everyone ideally has shared equality and power. Often in groups a power differential arises which creates a less effective group. In this case, we are referring to carrying out one’s own will despite resistance from others. Proactive Measures Include positively...