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. More than 200 students have joined RPN for training and support.

RPN's Certified Resilience Peers make it possible for UCLA students to join support groups led by trained trained peers through a research collaboration with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. This treatment study offers a proven internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for eligible 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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Click here to enroll for Spring Quarter RPN,  Enrollment ends on March 24th, 2017.  New RPN enrollees commit to one full year of RPN membership.  

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Resilience Peer Network Training

Training for the RPN is comprised of three phases. Students who successfully complete the 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. 

Part 1

Part 1 of training involves completing 6 online cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and participating in weekly one-hour demonstration support group meetings for internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy. Students also attend experiential learning sessions in which they practice active listening, emphatic responding, motivational techniques, mindfulness interventions, and cognitive behavioral therapy strategies. The estimated time commitment for this part of training is 3 hours per week.


Part 2

In Part 2 of training, students will co-lead a demonstration group like the one they participated in during Part 1 of training or will provide individual support contact to those in the demo group. These Resilience Peer facilitators for each demonstration group must also participate in weekly group supervision meetings for 6 weeks. The estimated time commitment for this portion of training is 2 hours per week.


Part 3

Part 3 of training consists of completing campus partner trainings to become thoroughly familiar with the support resources that are available to UCLA students. Undergraduate Resilience Peers are responsible for completing these trainings on their own, which total approximately 16 hours spread out over 2-3 quarters. Graduate Resilience Peers typically complete these campus partner trainings during their graduate and professional schools orientation sessions.  


Certified Resilience Peers are required to continue in training and supervision, devoting a minimum of 2 hours per week while serving actively in the Resilience Peer Network. 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.