Resilience Peer Network

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The Resilience Peer Network (RPN) is a collective of UCLA undergraduate and graduate students trained to support fellow students. Our Resilience Peers are trained in active listening and empathic responding; boundaries, privacy, and ethics; applied positive psychology principles and resilience skills; motivational support to reinforce evidence-based treatment for stress, depression, and anxiety; and mindfulness approaches to resilience. Since 2016, more than 200 students have joined RPN for training and support.

RPN's fully trained Certified Resilience Peers can lead drop-in support groups for students through a research collaboration with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. The treatment study offers a proven internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for eligible UCLA students.  Students come together in 8-week RPN support groups while completing individual internet-delivered cognitive behavioral treatment (iCBT) for depression, anxiety and stress. The Resilience Peers reinforce iCBT learning under close professional supervision and receive ongoing training for their supportive role through this collaborative study. 

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Enrollment opens here September 5, 2017 and closes when we are fully enrolled.  New RPN enrollees commit to one full year of RPN membership.  Be sure to read our training requirements in Resilience Peer Network Training below.  

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Resilience Peer Network Training

Training for the RPN is comprised of three phases. Students who successfully complete the 3-quarter training sequence become Certified Resilience Peers and are eligible to support UCLA students through the Resilience Peer Network’s collaboration with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, leading drop-in support groups and providing individual lesson-specific coaching for internet based lessons. 

RPN 1 

The first quarter of training involves completing 6 online cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and participating in 8 weekly one-hour support group meetings for internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy. Students also attend experiential learning sessions to practice active listening, emphatic responding, motivational techniques, mindfulness interventions, and cognitive behavioral therapy strategies. The estimated time commitment for this first quarter of training is 3 hours per week.


RPN 2

In the second quarter, RPN trainees participate in weekly intensive role play supervision focusing on iCBT support skills.  RPN2 trainees also serve as participant-observers in a drop-in support group for 8 weeks.  The estimated time commitment for this portion of training is 2 hours per week.  


RPN 3

Trainees in RPN3 co-lead a drop-in support group with a more experienced fully Certified Resilience Peer.  RPN3 trainees participate in a weekly 1-hour supervision group to review their experiences in leading groups.  The estimated time commitment for RPN3 is 2.5 hours.


To achieve full certification, RPN trainees must complete campus partner workshops to become thoroughly familiar with the support resources that are available to UCLA students. Undergraduate Resilience Peers are responsible for completing these workshops on their own, which total approximately 12 hours spread out over 3 quarters. Graduate Resilience Peers typically complete these additional campus partner workshops during graduate and professional school orientation sessions.  


Certified Resilience Peer

Certified Resilience Peers (a) may lead drop-in iCBT groups, (b) may provide individual iCBT lesson coaching anxious and/or mildly depressed student study participants who call in for additional lesson support, and (c) may provide individual orientation sessions to student study participants to complete their enrollment in the DGC RPN iCBT treatment study.  Certified Resilience Peers assigned to these roles are required to continue in training and weekly supervision while they are actively serving students. Certified Resilience Peers devote a minimum of 2 hours per week while serving actively in the Resilience Peer Network, but they may serve up to 10 hours per week if their schedules permit. 


Additional information on the Depression Grand Challenge can be found at:  http://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/.

Students who successfully complete the training program are eligible to provide support for students in a variety of resilience promotion programs, including: UCLA Depression Grand Challenge; The Happiness Challenge (Coming Soon); Mindful UCLA; and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness UCLA Campus Walk.