Oxford University Peer Support Programme | University of Oxford
The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
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Oxford University Peer Support Programme

This training is for professionals who are currently setting up and/or running, or would like to set up and run a peer support programme in a university setting. The Peer Support Programme has run for the past 25 years, and we look forward to sharing our expertise with you.

Training for Peer Support Trainers, 27-29 June 2016

The course is both didactic and experiential and includes:

  • The theory behind Peer Support Programmes
  • Ideas about how Peer Support can run in your institution
  • Experiential sessions to understand the training material from both the student’s and trainer’s perspective
  • How to use feedback and facilitation skills for successful training
  • Troubleshooting problematic group situations
  • Top tips for successful training and supervision
  • A certificate on completion of the course

The course fee for the Oxford University Peer Support Programme Training for Peer Support Trainers is £500 and includes full access to all sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks and lunch on all three days of the course.

To register please go to the Oxford University Online Store -full payment of the conference fee is required when you register.

Optional conference dinner

Course attendees can also register for the conference dinner. The cost of dinner is £25 (drinks not included) and will need to be booked and paid for when you register for the conference. The dinner is being held at a Lebanese restaurant close to the course venue.

Cancellation policy

The University of Oxford Peer Support Programme incurs expenses prior to the course, it is necessary to put in place the following cancellation policy: 

  • For cancellations received on or before 17 June 2016, theUniversity of Oxford will refund 80% of the total registration cost
  • No refunds will be given after 17 June 2016
  • All cancellations must be sent by email to peersupportconference@admin.ox.ac.uk with the subject line “Cancellation”
  • No-shows are liable for the full conference fee



Day One - Stepping into Peer Support

  • Expectations
  • Confidentiality in Peer Support
  • What is Peer Support?
  • The theory behind the Oxford University Peer Support Programme presentation
  • Making connections in Peer Support
  • Core values in peer support

Day Two - Peer Support in Action and Peer Support in Us

  • Effective listening
  • Making ourselves welcoming and approachable
  • Experiential Training Sessions (morning and afternoon)
  • Group dinner

Day Three - Peer Support in Crisis

  • Crisis and Suicide Prevention training in Peer Support
  • Effective Supervision
  • Troubleshooting

Here is what participants had to say about what they took from the course:

  • How to set up and run peer support
  • A better understanding of just how vital Peer Support schemes are, as well as the magnitude of what peer supporters do
  • A framework to use with our current Peer Support scheme to ensure we are striving for excellence and continuous improvement
  • A deeper understanding of experiential learning and teaching
  • Personal and emotional insight
  • Increased awareness of the emotional aspects the training raises for peer supporters
  • How strong the course is and the depth of the training
  • It was interesting working with basic counselling skills again—refreshing those skills and being more aware of their application
  • The high level of support in the group
  • The training has given me the confidence to go forward, set up schemes and to know I can train peer supporters to be safe and secure
  • Networking and contacts
  • Great group!

''The Training for Trainers course offered a really supportive , collaborative and shared learning space with other university Peer Support trainers to think together and share our experiences in beginning to set up or further embed the Peer Support training within our institutions. As facilitators you constantly encouraged us to share ideas and to share your experience and insights.

I am delighted to say that we now have  three King's Peer Support  teams up and running- the MSA ( Medical School Association) , the Graduate School and KCL Undergraduate teams  and a further  team,  the Law Peer Supporters   finishing off their training this week .  We hope to further embed this within King's over the next academic year and also train up two further Peer Support teams, in the Dental Institute and Management department.

Thank you again for all your positive input and continued encouragement- invaluable!"

Stevie Griffiths (Head of Counselling), Jo Levy (Deputy Head of Counselling), and Jim Spears (Psychotherapist/Specialist trainer), Kings College, London

The conference is being held during a busy time in Oxford, and it is therefore important that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. Below are some useful links or you may want to do your own search for accommodation: