Apply to become a Peer Support Volunteer!

Starts: Monday, October 1st 2018 at 8:00 am
Ends: Monday, October 1st 2018 at 11:59 pm

*We are prioritizing applications from black, indigenous and other people of colour. If you are interested in having your application considered on the basis of this prioritization, please indicate this beside your name.

The Peer Support and Advocacy Program
Our program is free and confidential, offered to not only Concordia students but to anyone who needs the service. We operate on the principles of empowerment, harm reduction and self determination. Both the staff and volunteers who run the program have gone through training so they can actively listen, offer support, and help people find the resources they need — be this in relation to health care, sexuality, legal issues and more.

Peer Support Training
The training to become a volunteer involves attending 12 workshop sessions over the course of 6 months, as well as mandatory active listening practice sessions every other week. Training workshops are mandatory as they provide you with the information that is relevant and pressing for many people who access our service. Topics range from basic approaches of active listening and harm reduction, to discussing mental health, racism, sexuality, and consent. After each workshop, you will get the chance to put your new knowledge to use by practicing how to support and be an ally to your peers. Volunteers must be open to learning about how to support others from a anti-oppression, feminist, anti-racist and trans-positive approach!

In order to participate in this program you must be willing to commit as a volunteer for one year and a half (i.e., 6 months training and one year of being an active volunteer). We have noticed that in the past that many volunteers who went through the program didn’t end up volunteering much once the training was over so we just want to be clear that this is a pretty long-term volunteer commitment. It’s not just a 6-month training program!

 

PSA Training Workshops

(All workshops and practice sessions will be held at 2110 rue Guy, suite #205)

Introduction Meeting: (October 4th)

#1: Active Listening (October 11, 2018)
Ever wondered how you can improve your listening skills to better support your friends and peers? In this workshop, we will discuss how to further transform our listening into active listening, and reflect on the impact it can have on our relationships and our communities.

#2: Harm Reduction (October 25, 2018)
Harm reduction is all about understanding that different people have different needs and experiences. This workshop will open the discussion of how we can better support ourselves and each other through empathy and non-judgement.

#3: Ableism and Accessibility (November 8, 2018)
What is ableism, and how is this form of discrimination experienced in our society? This workshop will explore the ways we think about disability, and how spaces and opportunities that are accessible to some people may not be accessible for others.

#4: Mental Health (November 22, 2018)
Tired of the stigma and prejudice around mental health? Would you like to be involved in a discussion that honestly addresses different experiences and options for caring for yourself and your peers? Come to this workshop and be part of opening up a dialogue on mental health that promotes agency and self-determination.

#5: Self-Care (December 6, 2018)
Why is self-care so important? And how do you do it? This is a workshop where we talk about how we can better take care of ourselves and our communities, beyond the bubble bath!

#6: Racism 101 (January 10, 2019)
It’s time once again to talk about the structural and personal effects of racism on the people in our society. Come to this workshop to be part of an important conversation on how prejudice and discrimination persists and impacts different communities.

#7: Racism 201 Aboriginal Perspectives (January 24, 2019)
An important conversation around colonialism and its continuing impacts today. This workshop continues the discussion on racism, specifically addressing the racism against Indigenous populations and learning about how this racism persists today.

#8: Gender (February 7, 2019)
Let’s deconstruct gender together! Get the answers to questions like: What is the difference between sex and gender? How many genders are there? And how can we work towards gender equality?

#9: Sexualities (February 21, 2019)
This workshop is about learning about different sexualities and orientations. Let’s talk about how we can confront prejudice and discrimination and work towards being more inclusive and open to different identities and experiences!

#10: Sexual Health (March 7, 2019)
An opportunity to talk about our sexual health, and how that could mean something different from one person to the next! Come learn about STIs, contraception, relationships and consent!

#11: Consent (March 21, 2019)
Is it verbal, non-verbal? Is it sexy? Does it just apply to sex? Join us in the conversation talking about how we think about consent, what it looks like, and how it applies to our daily lives even beyond sexuality!

#12: Privilege (April 4, 2019)
Attend this workshop to explore and understand our multiple identities, and our experience with both privilege and oppression. Opening a dialogue on privilege allows us to better understand where we sit socially in relation to others, and therefore allows us to be better allies to the people we care about.

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications.

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact psatraining@genderadvocacy.org