Resilience Peer Network Training
Summer 2020 enrollment is now closed.
Training for the RPN is sequential and offered each quarter. Students who successfully complete the initial 3 quarters of training may advance to full certification as a Certified STAND Coach (CSC). STAND Peers are eligible to support students through the in the STAND Program (Screening and Treatment for Depression and Anxiety) within the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. STAND Peers can lead student support groups and provide one-on-one video-chat support for students receiving STAND digital treatment.
The first quarter of training involves completing the STAND Digital Therapy modules and participating in weekly one-hour demonstration support group meetings to learn how the STAND program works. Students also attend experiential learning sessions to practice active listening, emphatic responding, motivational techniques, mindfulness practice, and cognitive behavioral strategies. The estimated time commitment for the first quarter of training is 4 hours per week. Additional training is provided to support the STAND COVID-19 response, and RPNI trainees who complete the additional training are eligible to participate in this special program. All RPN are required to participate in a minimum of 2 outreach events per quarter. RPN I trainees who pass the Basic Skills post-test are invited to advance to RPNII.
In the second quarter, RPN II trainees participate in weekly intensive role play supervision focusing on skills to support online therapy. RPN II trainees may complete training to provide individual orientation sessions for the STAND Program. All RPN are required to participate in a minimum of 2 outreach events per quarter. The estimated time commitment for this portion of training is a minimum 2 hours per week. Additional training is provided to support the STAND COVID-19 response, and RPN IIs who complete the additional training are eligible to participate in this special program.
Advancement to RPN III requires mastery of core skills and content in RPN1 and RPN2 as demonstrated in the RPN supervisor's evaluation. RPN IIIs participate in training and supervision to provide 1-on-1 orientations for the STAND Program (minimum 2 hrs/week). RPN IIIs co-lead weekly demonstration support groups to train RPNI members (1.5 hrs/wk plus weekly clinical supervision 2 hrs/wk). Attendance for group facilitators is mandatory. You must commit to (a) facilitate a weekly demonstration support group and (b) participate in weekly group supervision. Additional training is provided to support the STAND COVID-19 response, and RPN IIIs who complete the additional training are eligible to participate in this special program. All RPN must participate in 2 outreach events per quarter. The estimated time commitment for RPN III is a minimum of 4 hours weekly.
To achieve full STAND Coach certification, RPN trainees must complete campus partner workshops to become thoroughly familiar with the support resources that are available to students. Required trainings may include: QPR suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, CAPS CARE Training, LGBT Ally Training, and Emergency Response Training. 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 campus partner workshops sponsored by their own graduate/professional school.
Certified STAND Coach (CSC)
CSCs may (1) lead RPN support groups, and/or (2) provide one-on-one videochat coaching for mildly-to-moderately depressed and anxious students being treated in the STAND Program. CSCs assigned to these roles are required to continue in training and weekly supervision while they are actively serving students. Additional training is provided to support the STAND COVID-19 response. CSCs devote a minimum of 4 hours per week while serving actively in the Resilience Peer Network, but they may serve up to 10 hours per week (with additional supervision) if their schedules permit. Certified STAND Coaches may be invited to serve as speakers and panelists for the Depression Grand Challenge to promote stigma reduction and share their experiences as STAND Peers.
Additional information on the STAND Program and Depression Grand Challenge can be found at: http://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/.