Best Practices in Peer Education

Developing or growing a successful, competent peer educator program requires a unique ability to address sensitive subject matters in an engaging and relatable manner. Furthermore, certain skills are needed to train newly inducted peer educators on prevention programming, managing disclosures, and responding to frequently asked questions. Proper training on compliance, confidentiality, and self-care is crucial for new peer educators.

This training program is the culmination of years of award-winning peer educator advising, teaching, and presenting. It offers attendees valuable knowledge and practical takeaways for implementing a successful and effective peer education program. The training covers foundational information on sexual assault, consent, high-risk substance use, and bystander intervention. Additionally, it highlights best practice resources, including websites, campaigns, videos, and more. The program incorporates different learning and presentation styles and settings, such as classroom settings, closed groups, and mandated programs.

Peer-led efforts can be incredibly impactful, but maintaining quality can be challenging. Sustaining these programs long-term can be difficult as student interests fluctuate, students graduate, and new peer leaders must be trained. This training will provide ideas and strategies for creating a sustainable and effective program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Program designers will understand a set of best practices for peer-led prevention efforts
  • Program designers will explore ways that peer education can be most effective and applications in which it is less so
  • Program designers will learn ideas to sustain a program over the long-term
  • Program designers will explore what program success looks like, how to measure it, and how to maximize it

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