Peer Support Process
Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
The CBE Peer Support Process is built around Online Dialogue Events
that engage, support and supervise OU students
within small Communities of Practice.
This unique Interactive Learning Method facilitates a series of
social, experiential and transformative learning activities
in following interactive steps:
STEP 1: SMALL GROUPS
into a number of intimate peer groups
that build relationships for the duration of the course.
Dividing a group of virtual learners
STEP 2: PREPARATIONS
to get to know each other and introduce content.
Connecting peer groups around a multimedia online module
MODELLING: showing all students Peer Videos
of exemplary learning processes in which
peers model qualities such as mindful sharing,
empathic listening, and self-awareness.
REFLECTION: providing the learners with time
to write thoughts about the personal prompts
before breaking into small peer groups.
DIALOGUE: supporting learners in each peer group
to engage on Zoom around the subject in an open,
personal and empathic dialogue.
DEBRIEF: returning to the large group and having
three students of different peer groups share first
insights that emerged in the small group dialogues.
WELCOMING the large group of all learners in the virtual space and introducing them to the topic.
Sharing Insights around reflection prompts with the large group.
Peers serving each other by lowering stigma of mental health issues.
REFLECTION & SHARING
Peers encouraging peers to allow support when needed:
Peer Support for Prevention (e.g. Peer Mentorship Programs)
Staff Support for Intervention (e.g. 101 and Group Work)
INTRODUCING OU SERVICES
Peers Sharing Positive Experiences and stories of personal growth
with the OU community via social media.
In Social Learning we grow through another person.
In Experiential Learning we grow by doing.
In Transformative Learning we grow through perspective change.
OU PEER SUPPORT PROCESS