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What Do Leaders Do?

Workshop leaders facilitate the six-week “Living a Healthy Life” workshop in community settings, working in pairs. There are 10 to 16 participants in each workshop. Leaders follow a scripted manual to teach and model self-management skills. Topics covered during the workshop include healthy eating and exercise; managing pain, fatigue, stress and medications; communicating with healthcare professionals; making decisions about treatments; planning ahead and problem solving.

The process of leading a group is as important, or perhaps more important, than the content delivered! Workshops are interactive. Leaders set a positive example by being a role model for workshop participants through their own self-management.

Leaders learn the skills required to facilitate workshops by attending a free 4-day Leader Training course. We ask certified leaders to commit to deliver the six-week workshop within 6 months of their training and at least once per year. Leaders must facilitate a workshop once a year to retain an active certification. They will also have the opportunity to participate in activities to promote and implement the workshop in the community.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Co-facilitate standardized “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” Workshop at various locations in the community as assigned by the program coordinator. (Groups are always led by pairs of leaders, working together.)
  • Commit to facilitate a minimum of one full series every 6 months – 1 year
  • Distribute, collect and record required participant data, such as attendance sheets and evaluation forms, and return these to the program coordinator as outlined in workshop checklist.
  • Work together with co-leader to fairly share the work load of all preparation, teaching and follow-up activities required
  • Notify program coordinator of equipment and material needs at the sites
  • Notify program coordinator of all concerns regarding: facilities, class participants, and co-leader
  • Identify participants for future leader trainings and notify program coordinator of interest
  • Teach only as directed in the leader’s manual without additions or deletions
  • Refrain from giving personal advice, selling or endorsing particular products to class participants
  • Keep program coordinator updated on his/her availability to facilitate workshops
  • Assist program staff, if possible, with various other duties as designated and approved by the coordinator, i.e. recruiting class participants, promoting program
  • Arrange own transportation
  • Abide by program rules and expectations

Volunteer Peer Leader Training Requirements

  • Attend an in-person or telephone interview
  • Complete the 4 day Leader’s training course including practice teaching assignments
  • Attend refresher sessions periodically to maintain certification
  • Where possible, we prefer that Trainees have completed the Self-Management Workshop as a participant before training as a leader
  • Complete a police reference check
  • Submit the attached Volunteer Application Form

This program made me aware that there is a common denominator for many health conditions. As a result of this class I feel better prepared to help myself and reach my goals