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Working with Self Help and Peer Support Initiatives

George Brown College

September 15-December 1, Thursday, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

February 2-April 20, Thursday, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

This course introduces professionals from diverse disciplines to working with self-help and peer support initiatives. Through readings, guest speakers, group work, and presentations, students develop an integrated sensitivity to the critical issues and skills of working as a professional with community-based helping initiatives.

Course Code: COUN 9027

Prerequisite: Work experience in the social services/ counseling field

Hours: 36 Fees: $214

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the unique characteristics of self-help approaches

2. Differentiate between self-help and peer support, whether member or professionally led

3. Assess the impact of professional role on the dynamics of the group

4. Explain the effects that various professional actions and relationships have on the group

5. Select interventions in group development or process in an appropriate manner

Registration for fall courses starts July 6, 2005

Instructors: Gillian Kranias and Spencer Brennan