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What training involves

Before being offered a place in the training programme all Peer Support candidates must attend an interview.

The interview is very informal and will be a maximum of 20 minutes, during which time you should have the opportunity to ask us questions about the organisation and to discuss training.

The interview is only 10 questions designed to determine the following:

  • That Peer Support is something the volunteer wants to train for
  • That the volunteer knows what to expect in training and in volunteering, and that they are happy with those expectations
  • That the volunteer can make the minimum commitment
  • That there are no issues that would make it difficult for the volunteer to work as a Peer Supporter
  • That there is nothing during the course of training or volunteering that would put the volunteer at risk
  • That the volunteer is willing and able to abide by the policies and procedures of S2S

The training normally takes place over one full week at the beginning of the summer vacation, (usually the 2nd week in June) and includes the following:

  • Advanced active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Recognising and accepting personal bias
  • Procedures and policies
  • Facilitating social interaction
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Responding to a student in distress
  • Self-care

Please note that all training sessions are mandatory.  If a session is skipped or if a trainee is significantly late to a session for any reason it may not be possible for them to complete training. 

As training places are limited it is essential that anyone attending interview fully intends to complete training and to participate regularly in the Peer Support programme should they be offered a place in the training course.

All Peer Support volunteers are required to undergo Garda Vetting before assuming active Peer Support duty.


Last updated 22 February 2016 by student2student@tcd.ie (Email).