Peer support of a formalised nature assumes that peer supporters learn how to ensure that the critical aspects of hopefulness, recovery orientation, empowerment, non-judgmental acceptance, and trust are promoted within the peer support relationship. Other important components include:
- Knowledge about limits and boundaries for the sake of each person within the relationship.
- Understanding the importance of self-awareness and self-care to maintain wellness and resilience, and avoid relapse as much as it is possible to do so.
- Understanding how to prepare with the peer for the end of the peer support relationship.