Peer Counselors are adults aged 55 or older who have a desire to support their peers through the challenges of aging. Peer Counselors receive 16 initial hours of training as well as monthly supervision and have opportunities for further education in counseling techniques and aging-related topics. They generally volunteer 3 – 5 hours of their time each week to make a difference in the lives of other seniors.
Good candidates have the following characteristics:
- A caring, non-judgmental attitude
- A desire for an enhanced sense of purpose in life
- Reliable transportation
- A commitment to continuing education
If you believe that you would make a good peer counselor, please contact us!
We conduct several training sessions per year at various locations throughout Sandoval County. Our Peer Counselor Training course includes information and practice in:
- Listening as a Healing Art
- Empathic Listening Skills
- Communication Roadblocks
- What Peer Counseling Is (and Isn’t)
- Getting Started with Clients
- The Life Review Process
- Making Referrals
Participants in the course come away with a heightened awareness of the possibilities and pitfalls of later life as well as the community resources available to help seniors. They gain confidence in their communicative abilities and learn that talking, and listening, are POWERFUL tools in helping someone grow, change, and heal.