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The Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program External Link is an evidence based, universal mental health promotion program, designed to provide students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to make healthy life decisions. It is a peer led, skills based, experiential learning program based on older students supporting younger students' transition through physical, emotional and social milestones in an inclusive and supportive environment.

The Peer Support Program comprises Teacher training workshops which skill teachers in implementing the Peer Support Program in their schools. Comprehensive learning materials are supplied to enable student leaders to be trained and to conduct peer led sessions. The learning materials focus on orientation/transition, relationships, optimism, resilience, values and anti-bullying.

The Peer Support Program when implemented in schools consists of leadership training for senior students and peer led sessions. These normally run for a period of a week for 8 sessions. Sessions are facilitated by Peer Leaders with the support of a supervising teacher. Each group consists of 8-10 younger students and 2 Peer Leaders.

Sessions include opportunities to:

Key:

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Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Develops basic knowledge and skills practice Develops basic knowledge and skills practice

Year: P - 12

Seqenced structure: Evident in the program/resource

SEL Core Competencies

Self awareness

Social awareness

Self management

Responsible decision making

Relationship skills

Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Consistent opportunities for knowledge and skill application beyond classroom lessons

Links to Essential Learnings

Identity and personal development (SOSE)

Relationships and communicating (HPE)

Self management and resilience (HPE)

Healthy choices (HPE)

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

Other factors

Evidence of effectiveness

Based on theory

Student assessment

Professional development

Parents program

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

Evident in the program/resource

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