The introduction provides an overview of the background on peer support and outlines the purpose and preparation of the Guidelines. The document is comprised of two sets of guidelines.
Guidelines for the Practice of Peer Support, provides an overview of the elements for the practice of peer support, along with the guiding values, principles of practice, and skills and acquired abilities to be respected by all involved in peer support programs that offer a more formal or intentional form of peer support.
Guidelines for the Training of Peer Support, focuses on the training of peer support workers and outlines the skills and knowledge to be included in training programs designed to prepare someone to provide peer support.
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