Resilience Peer Network Training
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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 Peer (CSP). STAND Peers are eligible to support UCLA students through the Resilience Peer Network’s collaboration with 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 UCLA students receiving treatment through the STAND Program.
The first quarter of training involves completing 6 online cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and participating in 6 weekly one-hour support group meetings for online therapy. Students also attend experiential learning sessions to practice active listening, emphatic responding, motivational techniques, mindfulness practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy strategies. The estimated time commitment for the first quarter of training is 4 hours per week. All RPN are required to participate in a minimum of 2 outreach events per quarter. RPNI trainees who pass the Basic Skills post-test are invited to advance to RPNII.
In the second quarter, RPN2 trainees participate in weekly intensive role play supervision focusing on skills to support online therapy. Pending supervisor approval, selected RPN2 trainees may begin 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.
Advancement to RPNIII requires mastery of core skills and content in RPN1 and RPN2 as demonstrated in the RPN supervisor's evaluation. RPNIIIs participate in training and supervision to provide 1-on-1 orientations for the STAND Program (minimum 2 hrs/week). Pending supervisor approval, RPNIIIs may be selected to co-lead weekly in-person support groups to train RPNI 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. 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 Peer (CSP)
CSPs 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 who call in for additional lesson support, and/or (3) provide individual orientation sessions for UCLA students to complete their enrollment in the STAND Program. CSPs assigned to these roles are required to continue in training and weekly supervision while they are actively serving students. CSPs 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 (with additional supervision) if their schedules permit. Certified STAND Peers 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 the STAND Program and Depression Grand Challenge can be found at: http://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/.