Peer Mentoring Programme

Full Length Peer Mentoring Programme

8 sessions of 1.5 hrs and two workshops of 2 hrs  = 16 hr programme


SESSION 1: WELCOME TO MY WORLD, My Strengths and Weaknesses

As I gain understanding of what motivates me and affects my behaviour then I can help others to do the same, as I take up the role of Peer Mentor.

Intro/Ethics of course and tutors-  Self-Awareness – how I got to be me.  What is Peer Mentoring?  Understanding Confidentiality –Setting up reflective journal



Inadequacy and how it  influences behaviour.

Exploring the 4 goals of behaviour and recognising how my emotions like anger and stress, can impact upon my ability to interact with others and to feel competent.

Identifying hot spots – how anger works in self and others – ways of diffusing it

The beliefs that fuel the goals of our behaviour – working for change

Awareness of Body Language in others.


SESSION 3: MAKING CONNECTION, FEELING A SENSE OF SAFETY & BELONGING, building trust and safety so others can be seen and heard, how will I enable others to feel that they can confide in me as a Mentor?

Ways of managing a first session with a Mentee

Exploring the role as Mentor – not a friend or counsellor.  Practice listening skills

The ten commandments of listening.  Brick exercise: getting focus and clarity



Letting others know that they matter.  Exploring our values and principles in life and being able to accept difference without prejudice.

The language of feelings – the skill of paraphrasing – identifying personal values, the language of non judgmentalism


SESSION 5: HAVING THE COURAGE TO HANDLE WHAT COMES UP AS I BEGIN MENTORING OTHERS, developing resilience and confidence in my own ability to assist others to overcome the challenges of life.

The 4 C’s of well-being – The courage to be imperfect –  Role play


SESSION 6: FEELING ENCOURAGED AND EMPOWERING OTHERS, I want others to know that if they feel discouraged they are supported.

Difference between encouragement and praise – the language of encouragement – bullying what is a bully, why do bullies do what they do?  Ways of managing being bullied


SESSION 7: FEELING INSPIRED TO START MENTORING, putting all the skills of the first session together and filling any gaps in my skills.

Who, what, where, when and feeling that I have all the tools I need.

Different models of peer mentoring – working with younger and peer group  pupils– one to one work – working with School Counsellor- Case studies from other schools 


SESSION 8: MAKING IT HAPPEN!  How will we get known and grounded as Peer Mentors in our school? Designing logos, flyers and publicity to get known.


A Shortened Version of the Peer Mentoring Programme

5 sessions of 2 hours = 10 hours


Inspiring Lives: creating well being in myself and my community 

 Session 1:   Effective Communication Skills

Aims: To identify the importance of good communication and listening skills

To practice the skills of attending and listening

To examine the use of different questioning styles

To highlight the importance of body language to enable communication


Session 2:  How you came to be you

Aims: To understand yourself better so that you can be more aware and also help others.

To think about how human personality is formed: birth order, family atmosphere, values.

To learn  how as  children we compensate for feeling inferior –perfectionism, bullying, overwork, pleasing etc

To understand how childhood beliefs about self, others and the world fuel how we behave


Session 3:  Understanding the purpose of  behaviour

Aims: To become more aware of the purpose of behaviour or why I and others do what we do

To begin to identify the purpose of behaviour including bullying from case studies

To explore my own behaviour and its purpose

How to handle and diffuse anger

Understanding the  mistaken goals of child behaviour


Session 4:  The 4 C’s of well being

Aims:  To explore a psychological model for well being:  Betty Lou Bettner’s 4 C’s

Connect:  I have a place, I belong

Capable: I can do it

Count: I can make a difference

Courage:  I can handle what comes 


Session 5:  Creating a culture of well being : sharing, caring and connection

Aims: To help you acquire the skills of connecting with those who are not your friends and creating a culture of equality and care

To understand the value and language of encouragement and equality – to self and others

To explore  personal strengths and personal challenges of self confidence in relating to others

To practice conversation and safe interventions