"Step by step" Training programs

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"Step by step" Training programs

Training Step by step from trainees to trainers and supporters in student peer support network

Based on the cascade model of students’ preparation to be providers of the support in the networking, participants will be selected from groups of students who have completed mandatory training as trainees. Selection of the students-support provider at the networking is a step-by-step process.
Student peer supporters should also understand the values, philosophy, and standards of peer support services and have the competencies required to be an effective peer worker, including active listening.
Training and Accreditation: Peer supporters should: (a) be trained in basic skills to fulfill their role (such as listening skills, psychological first aid, information about referral options); (b) meet specific standards in that training before commencing their role; and (c) participate in on-going training, supervision, review, and accreditation.
The training for peers’ support to improve psychological and digital resilience by peer networking “Step-by-step from trainees to trainers” consists of three parts:

A. Psychological resilience, wellbeing and support;
B. Digital resilience and networking;
C. Horizontal psychological support in the digital network and ethical framework.

The training is elective for students who want to be included in the DigiPsyRes Network.

This training is obligatory request for student participation in the network as:

The students who finished the programme have a chance to be selected for peer supporters (support providers) at the network OR for the peer-trainers for the other students’ groups.

Trainng Step by step from trainees to trainers

Training and Accreditation: Peer supporters should: (a) be trained in basic skills to fulfill their role (such as listening skills, psychological first aid, information about referral options); (b) meet specific standards in that training before commencing their role; and (c) participate in on-going training, supervision, review, and accreditation.

The main goals of the training programme: Step-by-step from trainees to trainers

  • The introduction of a peer support network and the training of teams of support (students and staff).
  • Extended support to the students to develop and implement the students’ peer support network in resilience development.

The main model of the training: experience – reflection – conceptualization – implementation.

The training for peers’ support to improve psychological and digital resilience by peer networking “Step-by-step from trainees to trainers” consists of three parts:

A programme: Psychological resilience, wellbeing and support;

B programme: Digital resilience and networking;

C programme: Horizontal psychological support in the digital network and ethical framework

The duration of the training:

  • Pre-training day for participant to review open introductory content on the e-courses – week before main training;
  • The main training will be realized during three days (one day for one programme);
  • Post-training assessment day after the main training (ABC) – week after main training.
  • Total duration: 16+16+8=408 hours.

Delivery method – two forms:

  • as an online training, synchronous mode, in real time;
  • direct insite training at the university.
  • The organizers of the training select the most suitable way of realization for each group.
Programme A - Psychological resilience, wellbeing and support
  • Aims: to introduce students with key features of psychological resilience, wellbeing and support with focus on peer networks.
  • Objectives: То introduce the constructs of psychological resilience, wellbeing and support, its place in the general psychological and social functioning and the way how to enhance them; to develop self-awareness in terms of own resilience, stress and coping, as well as seeking social support

A course outcomes – after completing this training, a student is expected to be able to:

  • explain the terms of psychological resilience, wellbeing and support,
  • assess the level of resilience,
  • explain most frequent stress sources, both in real and virtual life,
  • recognise reactions to stress (physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral),
  • apply strategies for coping,
  • identify the sources and types of social support, self-awareness of impact of social support on general functioning,
  • check content based on used references.
Programme B – Digital resilience and networking

Aims: to introduce students with key features of digital resilience, with focus on online learning and social networks.

Objectives: То introduce the construct „digital resilience“ and its place in the general person’s resilience, to present core features of self-awareness regarding the malicious behaviour and software misuse, to introduce the external and internal threats and core defence mechanisms, to demonstrate privacy control on popular social network platforms, to discuss various cyberbullying scenarios, to present features of digital resilience in online learning, to enlighten importance of critical thinking regarding social networks and Internet news.

Course outcomes – after completing this training, a student is expected to be able to:

  • explain the term digital resilience;
  • recognise digital disruption events and behaviours;
  • explain most frequent threats;
  • apply basic digital protection mechanisms;
  • configure privacy control mechanisms for social networks;
  • explain how to react in various cyberbullying scenarios;
  • recognise and solve potential threats during online teaching (problem with communication in online environment, stress and frustration in case attending of webinar, technical problems etc.);
  • identify when to seek help from others in context of online teaching and learning (from teacher, peers, etc.);
  • apply strategies for evaluation information on the network in academic context and general (real and fake news, fake images, video materials, reliable sources, references check)
  • recognise reliable URL address and way of presenting checked information in online context;
  • apply rules for sharing information on the network;
  • check content based on used references.

The structure of the course – The Course comprises four parts:

  • Information security fundamentals;
  • Social networks, privacy control and cyberbullying.
  • Digital resilience and online learning.
  • Internet sources and critical thinking.
Programe C – Horizontal psychological support in the digital network and ethical framework

Aims: The course aims at introducing participants to the key features of peer support, peer networking, and the ethical framework of non-professional psychological peer support, with a focus on the communicaiton skills needed to participate in the peer support network.

Objectives: To introduce the concept of peer support / horizotal support networks and the differences and resposibilities of professional and peer support; to develop communication skills for peer supportive communication based on the initial communication competence of the students – support providers; and to use the portal for peer support networks as supporter/support-providers and peer trainers for horizontal support networkin; for university staff: to support student support network and students’ engagement.

Course outcomer / after completing this training, a student is supposed to be able to:

  • explain the functnion of peer support networking and its goals;
  • acknowledge students’ requests for support and act upon it;
  • explain how to recogniye differences between professional psychological and non-profesional peer support;
  • identifz the capacities of the peer support network and recognize their own limitis to supporting their peers;
  • identify when it is necessary to suggest the students – support seekers to ask for additinal support in specialized university services for students;
  • apply communication rules in the student support network;
  • apply procedures of peer-to-peer network support;
  • analyze/assess the portal for students’ peer support networking.

C course: Horizontal psychological support in the digital network and ethical framework is comprised

  • Introduction of student support network and network behaviour;
  • Peer communication and supportive communication;
  • Non-professional psychosocial support and non-professional educational support;
  • Rules and ethics of non-professional support;
  • Connections with Portal DigiPsyRes Network