The Level 2 Emerging Confidante qualification is devised as a way of enabling people who attend the ALF Peer Communities to gain a qualification by attending the groups, learning the peering skills, and practicing the skills as part of a supportive community.
As such, the course content is taught in facilitated discussions based on the 12 modules of the Level 2 course.
Within the groups, the topic is introduced, and all group members participate in discussion about the unit content. Facilitators enable and encourage discussion and may introduce materials and resources to support learning.
Members who wish to gain the qualification, will receive additional material outside of the weekly groups, which include short written assignments and keeping a reflective journal.
Periodically, peer assessors will attend the groups in order to observe the learners using and demonstrating the Emerging Confidante skills within the group setting. Certificates will be awarded once all of the elements of the course have been approved and signed off by the assessors.
The Level 2 course is divided into 2 sections. Units 1-6 are skills based units, and units 7-12 are personal development units. However, certain tools and techniques will be shown in these units, that can be added to the repertoire you can draw on in your own life, and for use with peer clients.
Please see the table below for a list of the units and learning outcomes:
|Practicing Mutuality and Finding Purposefulness||Explain the concepts of Mutuality and Purposefulness to peers|
|Demonstrate Mutuality by practicing it in your own life and leading by example|
|Demonstrate a life of Purposefulness by practicing it in your own life and leading by example|
|Living the Peer Support Values and Principles||Distinguish between a value and a principle|
|Explain the Peer Support Values|
|Explain the Peer Support Principles|
|SHAPE your life: Working with the Basic Elements of Peer Support||Explain SHAPE, the Basic Elements of Peer Support|
|Illustrate how to work with SHAPE in your life|
|Essential Human Needs (EHN): DENT in Action||Explain the DENT EHN to peers|
|Identify unmet needs and describe how you will take action to get them met|
|The Art of Listening and Having Good Conversations||Understand the Art of Effective and Reflective Listening|
|Define and Demonstrate the Art of Having Good Conversations|
|Storytelling for Confidantes: 3 steps to Progress and Purposefulness||Clarify the 3 step storytelling process|
|Demonstrate and model the 3 step story|
|Peer Personal Development: Accepting what is, and Developing Manageable lives||Understand the concepts of Acceptance and Manageability|
|Apply the concepts of Acceptance and Manageability in their own lives|
|Discuss the concepts of Acceptance & Manageability|
|Peer Personal Development: Responsible and Independent; Accountable and Inter-Dependent||Understand what it means to be responsible and independent; accountable and inter-dependent|
|Apply the concepts of responsible and independent; accountable and inter-dependent in their own lives|
|Write a plan of action for becoming responsible and independent; accountable and inter-dependent|
|Peer Personal Development: Co-existence of Selflessness and Self-Care||Understand the concepts of selflessness and self-care|
|Identify ways to integrate selflessness and self-care into their own lives|
|Apply selfless and self-care in their own lives|
|Discuss the concepts and experience of selflessness and self-care with peers|
|Peer Personal Development: Ethical Living||Understand the concepts of honesty and integrity|
|Question themselves about the extent to which they demonstrate honesty and integrity in their own lives|
|Apply the concepts of honesty and integrity in their own lives|
|Peer Personal Development: Healthily Meeting Commitments||Understand what it means to honour commitments with grace|
|Demonstrate the ability to honour commitments with grace|
|Discuss the topic of honouring commitments with peers|
|Peer Personal Development: Celebration: The Value of being Appreciative and Reflective||Understand the concept of gratitude|
|Understand the terminology : reflection, contemplation, meditation|
|Apply gratitude practice in their own lives|
|Select their preferred method of reflection, contemplation, and meditation, and share with peers|
|Summarise their experience of the peer personal development units|