October 17th, 2014
Providing peer support can be emotionally demanding, as HIV certainly has its challenges. Peer Support training helps women discover their strengths and understand how to have healthy peer relationships. We’ve been offering level 1 and 2 Peer Support training to women in the Lower Mainland for a number of years, and soon we’ll be taking it on the road. Melissa and Sangam are heading to Vancouver Island November 26-28 to lead Peer Support training for women from Greater Victoria and other communities on the Island.
One of the big questions following diagnosis is HIV disclosure. Who do you tell? When? How? Micheal Vonn is Policy Director at the BC Civil Liberties Association and is one of Canada’s top authorities on HIV criminalization. We’ve been lucky to have her speak during our Vancouver-based Peer Support training, and she’ll be along for the ride in Victoria too. Community workers will be welcome to come to her presentationon November 27.
Ok, the details:
Training will cover
- supportive listening
- communication skills
- giving emotional support
- sharing knowledge, setting healthy boundaries
- providing practical help to women living with HIV
The training is 3 days (10:30 AM- 4 PM) in downtown Victoria. We can provide a childcare subsidy for women who need childcare in order to attend the training. We have transportation and accommodation funds for women who are coming from outside Greater Victoria.
Not everyone is comfortable with peer support once they understand what is really involved, so applicants will be screened for suitability. You must be a self-identified woman living with HIV to apply. Training will take place at St James New Horizons Society, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria.
To apply, contact Melissa or Sangam at 1-866-692-3001 or firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline to apply is Friday November 14.