Peer Support Process

Open University

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:


INTERACTIVE DESIGN

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

INTERACTIVE DESIGN

STEP 2: PREPARATIONS

 

 

to get to know each other and introduce content.

Connecting peer groups around a multimedia online module

MULTI-

MEDIA

VIRTUAL

FISHBOWL PROCESS

PROCESS

MODELLING

REFLECTION

DIALOGUE

DEBRIEF

MODELLING: showing all students Peer Videos

of exemplary learning processes in which

peers model qualities such as mindful sharing,

empathic listening, and self-awareness.

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

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.

INTEGRATION

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)

INVITATIONS

 

INTRODUCING OU SERVICES

Peers Sharing Positive Experiences and stories of personal growth

with the OU community via social media.

 

PARTICIPATORY CULTURE

 

COMMUNITY ACTION

In Social Learning we grow through another person.

In Experiential Learning we grow by doing.

In Transformative Learning we grow through perspective change.

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