Faith Applied
Peer Training Information

For eight years, Prairies to Peaks has provided Mental Health training from a peer approach. Our facilitators are Christians who believe that in the present world crisis, we are called to share our tools with Christian leaders to equip them to offer support to many in their churches. To accomplish this, we are tailoring our regular mental health peer training and offering it to Christian leaders.

In order to comply with social/physical distancing, our course will be available online using the Zoom video conferencing platform.


Upcoming Dates
Faith Applied Online Peer Training Course

2022 Dates and Times:

May 24(pm), 26-27, June 2-3
Sept 20(pm), 22-23, 29-30
Nov 22(pm), 24-25, Dec 1-2

Zoom Link information will be sent to all registrants.

Cost: $525.00 (includes GST)

  • Participants will be expected to print out the digital material prior to the first class
    • If you prefer to have Prairies To Peaks send you a printed manual, there will be an additional charge of $50 (including shipping).
  • Please note that there will be a 15-minute break between each module and a 30-minute lunch break each day of the course
  • Registration application and full tuition payment are due in advance of session start date, unless special arrangements have been made.
    • If financial assistance is required, please email Beth Henry regarding possible bursary eligibility and amount.

Please e-transfer funds to:
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Registration application form and payment is due prior to the session start date unless special arrangements have been made.

E-transfers are preferable. Cheques can be made to “Prairies to Peaks” and send to Prairies to Peaks Inc   10311 Sacramento Drive S.W. Calgary, Alberta   T2W 0H7.

For more information or to send e-transfers please see our website at: or call Beth Henry at 403-462-6756

Description of Curriculum and Training

The Core Recovery Curriculum should give the trainees the following competencies:

They should have a working knowledge of:

  • the difference in focusing on the symptoms of the illness and the impact of the illness
  • the basic structure of the provincial Mental Health System (MHS) and how it works
  • the Peer workers job description within the provincial AHS
  • the difference in services that focus on stabilization and those that focus on recovery
  • the meaning and role of peer support services
  • the difference in treatment goals and recovery goals
  • the basic five stages in the recovery process and what is helpful and not helpful at each stage
  • the role of peer support services at each stage of the recovery process
  • the basic definition and dynamics of recovery
  • the difference in an illness story and a recovery story
  • the difference in agency environments that promote recovery and those that do not
  • the meaning of Trauma-Informed Services
  • the five steps of PICBA as a problem-solving process
  • the five steps in Igniting the Spark of Hope
  • the dynamics of power, conflict and integrity in the workplace
  • the three steps in the Process of Effective Communication

They should be able to:

  • use their own experience to help a peer recover
  • articulate what has been helpful and what not helpful in their own recovery
  • identify beliefs and values a peer holds that works against recovery
  • discern when and how much of their recovery story to share with whom
  • be able to discuss their own tools for taking care of themselves
  • facilitate a Recovery Dialogue
  • use questions to help a peer get in touch with the life that they want
  • use a person’s dissatisfaction as an avenue to set recovery goals
  • use the PICBA problem-solving process with a peer
  • use questions to help a peer identify and move through their fears
  • use the Catch it! Check it! Change it! process to help a peer combat negative self-talk
  • use the Shared Decision Making process to help a peer prepare for a doctor’s visit
  • teach peers to advocate for the services that they want

*PSAC (Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada) recommends that Peer Support Workers have their own written recovery action plan and be able to assist other consumers in writing one. Prairies to Peaks has developed a workbook for this purpose.

For more information or purchase, please contact: Beth Henry @


Faith Applied Community of Practice is the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12-1pm. Zoom link coming soon.

‘The Sanctuary Course’ on
The Sanctuary Course
 is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers. The course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants gather together, read through the content out loud, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small group leaders in your church or organization.


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