Peer Support Volunteer Training Workshop Series

Starts: Thursday, March 22nd 2018 at 6:00 pm
Ends: Thursday, April 5th 2018 at 9:00 pm

The Peer Support and Advocacy Program

Our program is free and confidential, offered to not only Concordia students but 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 to their peers, as well people who need assistance finding resources and information ranging from health care, sexuality to legal issues.


Peer Support Volunteer Training

The training to become a volunteer involves attending 12 workshop sessions over the course of 6 months, as well mandatory practice sessions for active listening 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! Update: Volunteer registration for the complete training series is now closed.

Can’t commit to attending all the workshops required to become a volunteer but still want to learn to be a better friend and ally? When there’s space, the workshops are also open to the general public. Please send an email to if you’d like to attend any of the sessions.


PSA Training Workshops

Workshops take place at our office located at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, unit 404. Accessibility details can be found here.

#1: Active Listening (October 12, 2017)
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 26, 2017)
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 9, 2017)
What is ableism, and how is it another form of discrimination experienced within 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 23, 2017)
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 7, 2017)
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 11, 2018)
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 25, 2018)
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 8, 2018)
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 22, 2018)
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 8, 2018)
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 22, 2018)
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 5, 2018)
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.