Establishing Peer Support Relationships Copy

A successful peer support relationship will leave the client feeling more empowered and hopeful about the future. The heart of supportive relationships encompasses:

  • Good communication
  • Warmth, closeness, connectedness and caring
  • Willingness to learn
  • Support and guidance
  • Respect and responsiveness

Reflection Activity: Valued Supportive Relationship

Think for a minute about someone you were able to confide in and explore personal issues with. Think about what you valued about that relationship and how you were treated. Note: This activity is for reflection only and does not need to be submitted along with your workbook. 

  1. What was it about the person that made you choose them?
  2. What specific aspects of their personality or behavior did you find helpful?
  3. What did they say or do which may have helped you to relax and encourage you to confide in them?

Did you have any of these answers? WHAT others?

Question 1: What was it about the person that made you choose them?

They were:

  • Open
  • Honest
  • Friendly
  • Sincere
  • Kind
  • Warm
  • Patient
  • Approachable
  • Interested
  • A good listener

Question 2: What specific aspects of their personality or behavior did you find helpful?

  • Open to me and my views
  • Understood where I was coming from
  • Listened to what I had to say
  • Gave me their undivided attention
  • Interested in me and what I had to say
  • Treated me seriously
  • Respected me
  • I knew I could trust him or her (confidential manner)

Question 3: What did they say or do which may have helped you to relax and encourage you to confide in them?

  • Reassured me that it is not unusual to find some decisions difficult
  • Asked me questions that helped me clarify the issues
  • Listened to me in a focused manner
  • Didn’t tell me what to do
  • Didn’t interrupt me
  • Gave me lots of reassurance
  • Let me make my own decisions

Please note any useful attributes and behaviors that were helpful to you as you learn and practice new skills in this module.