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Resilience Peer Network Training

New enrollment for Summer 2018 Resilience Peers is now open.  Returning Resilience Peers who will be active during Summer 2018 should enroll by June 8, 2018.  


Training for the RPN is comprised of three phases. Students who successfully complete the initial 2 quarters of training may advance to a thirds quarter of advanced training leading to full certification as a Certified Resilience Peer (CRP). CRPs are eligible to support UCLA students through the Resilience Peer Network’s collaboration with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, leading student iCBT support groups and providing individual lesson-specific coaching for internet based lessons. 


The first quarter of training involves completing 6 online cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and participating in 6 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 3.5 hours per week.


In the second quarter, RPN2 trainees participate in weekly intensive role play supervision focusing on iCBT support skills.  Pending supervisor approval, selected RPN2 trainees may begin training to provide individual orientation sessions for the DGC -RPN student iCBT program.  The estimated time commitment for this portion of training is a minimum 2 hours per week.  


Advancement to RPN3 requires mastery of core skills and content in RPN1 and RPN2, and supervisory approval.  RPN3s oarticipate in training and supervision to provide 1-on-1 orientations for the DGC-RPN iCBT study (minimum 3 hrs/week). Pending supervisor approval, RPN3s may be selected to facilitate weekly in-person support groups with a Certified Resilience Peer to train RPN1 members (1 hr/wk plus weekly clinical supervision 1 hr/wk). Attendance for group facilitators is mandatory. You must commit to 8 consecutive weeks to (a) facilitate a support group and (b) participate in weekly group supervision. All RPN must participate in 2 outreach events per quarter.The estimated time commitment for RPN3 is 4 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. Required trainings include: QPR suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, CAPS CARE Training, LGBT Ally Training, and Emergency Response Training (arranged by DGC RPN).  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 (CRP)

CRPs (a) may lead RPN support groups, (b) may provide individual iCBT lesson videochat coaching for anxious and  mildly-to-moderately depressed student study participants who call in for additional lesson support, and/or (c) may provide individual orientation sessions to student study participants to complete their enrollment in the DGC RPN iCBT treatment study.  CRPs assigned to these roles are required to continue in training and weekly supervision while they are actively serving students. CRPs devote a minimum of 3 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:

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.