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Chilliwack Senior Peer Councillors – Train The Trainer

Chilliwack – The Senior Peer Counselling of British Columbia Society (SPCBC) is evaluating the need for a course to train instructors to teach seniors to become peer counselors.  Senior peer counselling candidates must typically undergo intensive 55 hours of curriculum instruction and practicum before being graduated for field service.  Such instruction is provided by certified trainers who must themselves have undergone training to assure their competence. Hence, this Trainer Course is focused on developing instructional talent within SPCBC affiliate members in order for them to train their peer counselling volunteers.

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The Board of Directors of SPCBC is conducting this survey to ascertain the interest and the need for the Trainer Course. The Board has identified the faculty and has designed the course curriculum.  While course dates and location are to be determined, preliminary estimates are that the Trainer Course will require 30 hours of instruction conducted over six days.  The optimum number of candidates would be no less than six at a per student cost of $600, inclusive of candidate selection, instruction and evaluation, and course materials. We appreciate that the tuition cost may inhibit some affiliate members from nominating qualified candidates to become trainers.  Therefore, in appropriate hardship cases, the Board of SPCBC may grant a subsidy.

Recipients are requested to consider their immediate and future need for a dedicated in-house trainer to teach their senior peer counselors.  Smaller affiliates might consider combining resources to jointly sponsor a candidate.

SPCBC would appreciate your email response by sending to our Secretary at , addressing the following points:

1. Do you support the need for a Trainer Course;

2. Number of candidate(s) you would nominate;

3. Will you need partial financial assistance;

4. What dates would best suit your candidate(s).

Please reply by Friday March 18, 2016.

Thank you for your urgent attention to this request!

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