PEER Facilitator Tips for Success

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Update: September 6th, 2017

Summer has come and gone. That’s the bad news depending on your perspective. The good news is that you and others took an exciting journey throughout the summer to get your certification and become a PEER Facilitator with ARToverMind.com!

You have your certificate, you’re a PEER Facilitator and September is here. For many of us, September means back to reality. Now what? How do you go about achieving your program facilitation goals?

Here are a few simple recommendations to provide you with the encouragement you need to achieve your PEER Facilitator goals with ARToverMind.com this Fall!

Remember Your WHY

…meaning, remind yourself WHY you chose to become a PEER Facilitator in the first place. Was it because you believed this opportunity would increase your own healing and wellbeing? Build your skills and confidence? Perhaps you have a personal passion and calling to help others and mental health is an area of great interest to you. Maybe you just want to do something entrepreneurial, that you can call your own, that also has a positive impact on the lives of others and can make a difference. Whatever your reasons for choosing to become a facilitator for our program, it is important that you keep your WHY in sight. This will keep you motivated to achieve your goals.

Reflect on Your WHO

As described in the training, the ‘Peer Encouraged Expressive-Art Reflection’ (PEER) Program can be used to support a wide variety of participants. ARToverMind.com provides you with the flexibility to deliver our program to the group(s) of participants you can relate to the most and/or have a calling to serve. So now is the time to reflect on WHO those participants are. This will help you narrow down the groups and organizations you wish to focus on and give you a starting point. For example, if you really have a heart for working with Seniors, then perhaps you want to start researching local Seniors’ residents to find out if they might be interested in having you come in to facilitate the PEER program for them.

Your WHAT and HOW

You might be someone who is ready to dive in and just do as much as you can right away and see where it takes you. Great! If that works for you then I’m totally for it. But if you’re like me, and you have a lot of competing obligations, sometimes the thought of starting up yet another project might seem too big a task and overwhelming. That is why I believe in taking achievable Baby Steps whenever I set a project goal. I encourage you to take at least 30 minutes this week to not only reflect on your WHY and your WHO, but also to reflect on your WHAT and HOW.

WHAT do you want to achieve between now and the end of December for example when it comes to your PEER facilitation goals? For most of us, it’s likely you would want to complete your first program or more (or at least set the wheels in motion so that you are ready to begin your programs early in the new year). Although ARToverMind gives facilitators the liberty of completing a minimum requirement of only one program per year (from the date of issue of your certification) to remain certified, now is the time to actively figure out and pursue your goals. Don’t wait until the last minute. Our most successful facilitators are the ones who are self-motivated and don’t just settle for the minimum requirement, but want to pursue their PEER facilitation journey head-on because it’s more than just a Certificate to them, it’s a calling, and perhaps even a career goal. So HOW do you do this?

Take Baby Steps

I mentioned achievable Baby Steps in the last section. This is your HOW. For example, if you decide you want to complete 2 programs by the end of December, write down the small things you need to do in order to achieve this. Here are some examples:

  • Research 5-10 organizations/groups/institutions in my area that I think might have clients that could benefit from this program
  • Figure out what I am going to say to them about this program and why the organization should consider providing it for their clients
  • Create a flyer and/or write a one-pager outlining the benefits of this program so I can present it to the organization/group (ask Shevy for assistance on wording if needed)
  • OR send out invitations to friends, or people in my community to form an expressive art-healing group and have everyone contribute to the price of program materials
  • Network with these organizations/groups and start building relationships so they get to know you as an individual who can relate to their clients/members
  • Order Participant Workbook materials – read over one and compare it to my Facilitator Curriculum Guide so I am confident with all the materials before I facilitate (depending on how you want to do it, you may move this item up your list before you start speaking to organizations/groups so you are confident in your presentation to them).

These are all just examples, and you’re completely free to come up with your own ideas. Depending on whether you choose to use one of these examples, you might feel that you need to break them down even more into smaller steps. The beauty of Baby Steps is that they don’t seem so overwhelming, and the more of those steps you check off, the more you will be achieving your larger goals.

Consider Asking Someone to be a Co-PEER Facilitator

Perhaps you have no problem figuring out your WHY, WHO, WHAT and HOW, and you have already developed a list of achievable steps.   But … you’re anxious about doing this on your own when you think of moving forward.   Maybe you would feel more comfortable doing this with a Co-Facilitator, especially someone you know. If this is the case, why not add as one of your goals this Fall to recommend the PEER Facilitation Certification Training to a friend?  Dates for our new training launch have not been confirmed yet, but they will most likely be taking place in late October or November. If you think you would feel even more confident facilitating with a friend, get them to contact me so they can register for our upcoming Fall PEER Facilitator Certification Training.

Note: Because we are re-launching, and due to the cost associated with providing the webinar trainings, we have to charge a very minor registration fee to offset the costs, but we have kept the price as low as possible so that the training is still accessible to most participants.

I hope that helps and remember, we’re all in this to support each other. Your success is our success.  And I believe in you!

-Shevy


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