Collaborative Learning: A Next Step in the Training of Peer Support Providers

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Background: This column explores how peer support provider training is enhanced through collaborative learning. Purpose: Collaborative learning is an approach that draws upon the “real life” experiences of individual learners and encompasses opportunities to explore varying perspectives and collectively construct solutions that enrich the practice of all participants. Sources Used: This description draws upon published articles and examples of collaborative learning in training and communities of practice of peer support providers. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Similar to person-centered practices that enhance the recovery experience of individuals receiving services, collaborative learning enhances the experience of peer support providers as they explore relevant “real world” issues, offer unique contributions, and work together toward improving practice. Three examples of collaborative learning approaches are provided that have resulted in successful collaborative learning opportunities for peer support providers.

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