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Practicing peer support

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.

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