Module 5: Mentoring and Skill Development Copy



The purpose of this module is to describe how peer support specialists function as mentors and role models for individuals with behavioral health disorders. The module also helps peer support specialists to understand the principles of adult learning that can be used to teach their clients practical living skills. In addition, the module provides information about group facilitation skills and resources that can be used to enhance the mentoring process.


  • Mentoring
    • Defining Mentoring
    • Primary Tasks of Mentoring
    • Three Levels of Mentoring
  • Role Modeling
    • Definition and Examples of Role Models
    • Accepting Responsibility for Role Modeling
  • Recognizing and Fostering Resilience
    • Defining Resilience
    • Traits of Resilient People
    • Resilience: A Skill That Can Be Taught
  • Practical Living Skills
    • Personal and Self-Care Skills
    • Community Living Skills
    • Social Skills
  • Social Development
  • Helping Adults Learn New Skills
    • How Adults Learn
    • How Mentoring Fits with Adult Learning
    • Learning Styles
    • Techniques for Teaching Skills
  • Working in Groups
    • Types of Groups
    • Group Facilitation Skills

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, participants will be able to

  • Define mentoring
  • Identify four primary tasks of mentoring
  • Describe the three levels of mentoring
  • Define resilience
  • Identify three strengths that support resilience
  • List three categories of practical living skills
  • Identify the four components of Emotional Intelligence
  • Describe three stages of social development for adults
  • Name at least two principles of adult learning
  • List and describe the three most common learning styles
  • Describe an effective method for teaching adults new skills
  • Identify two types of groups that peer support specialists might facilitate
  • List three types of support groups
  • Name four roles of a group facilitator
  • Identify two problems that may occur in group settings and suggest techniques for addressing the problems

Module Activities

  • Module 5 Activity: Mentor or Not?
  • Module 5 Reflection Activity: Characteristics of Role Models
  • Module 5 Activity: Role Modeling
  • Module 5 Reflection Activity: Resilience Reframe
  • Module 5 Reflection Activity: Self-Care
  • Module 5 Activity: Employability Skills
  • Module 5 Activity: Recognizing Emotional Intelligence
  • Module 5 Activity: Choosing the Right Learning Activities
  • Module 5 Activity: What Type of Group?       
  • Module 5 Reflection Activity: Comparing Groups to One-On-One Interaction
  • Module 5 Reflection Activity: Group Facilitation

Workbook Activities

After you have completed all of the module 5 lessons below, complete the following activities your course workbook:

  • Workbook Activity 1: Mentoring Activity (30 minutes)
  • Workbook Activity 2: Group Observation (90 minutes)
  • Workbook Activity 3: Facilitation Plan B (30 minutes)

Module 5 Quiz

After you have completed all of the module 5 lessons below and the workbook activities, you will be able to click the button at the bottom of this page to complete the Module 5 Quiz and Advance to Module 6.