What is Peer support?

"A system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful."

Starting a peer support service

So, you want to start a peer support service?  The Centre of Excellence in Peer Support has released 3 training modules that may be of assistance

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Starting a Peer Support Service or Group

Three new training modules developed by the Centre of Excellence in Peer Support are now available to download.  These training modules are designed as self-directed resources to facilitate thoughtful and effective development of peer support initiatives. 

The modules were launched on 31 October 2013 at the CEPS Peer Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  In line with CEPS’ aim to promote knowledge sharing, the modules also feature a range of recommended further reading from leading local and international peer support programs.  You can access supporting materials via the CEPS Research and Resources Directories.

Click on the links below to download the training modules in PDF format:



Considerations when Setting Up a Peer Support Group 



Considerations When Setting Up a Peer Support Service


Considerations When Operating a Peer Support Service

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional resources and guidance in setting up a new group or program.  CEPS also welcomes your feedback on the training modules, including suggestions for future modules, directed to the above email address.


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  • Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria
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