Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the training cost?

The training and materials are FREE.

Who are the Trainers who lead the 4-day Training?

The Trainers who deliver the Leader Training Workshops are experienced course leaders who have received further training to become Master Trainers.

Why become a leader?

As a leader, you will have the satisfying task of integrating the contents of the program and learning group facilitation skills that can be transferred to other areas of your life. Most importantly, you will watch people affected by chronic conditions successfully manage their health conditions by using the skills and tools that you have shared with them.

What do leaders do?

Leaders must successfully complete a 4-day Leader Training Workshop. If feasible, we ask certified leaders to commit to deliver the six-week course at least twice in the following year but must be able to run an annual course at a minimum. They will also have the opportunity to participate in activities to promote and implement the course in the community.

Is it difficult to be a leader?

No, it is not difficult to be a leader. Leaders will have thorough training, and receive ongoing support from the Program Coordinator as needed. As far as the course material is concerned, the Leaders Manual gives exact instruction and tips in a user-friendly structure. You do not need to be a health professional to lead this course.

Leader refresher courses are scheduled from time to time. They are an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions and practice leader skills.

Leaders are provided with ongoing support and opportunities for education.

What is Self-Management?

Self-management relates to the tasks that an individual must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. These tasks include gaining confidence to deal with medical needs, everyday roles & responsibilities, and emotional issues.

As a healthcare professional, how will I benefit from this training?

The four-day Self-Management leader training program will expose you to a new and empowering approach to self-management for those living with chronic conditions. Taking the training will allow you to be eligible to lead workshops in your community with another peer leader who is most likely living with a chronic condition himself or herself. The program will also enable you to better interact with the self-management workshops that are offered in your community. You will develop skills to support self-management in the patients with whom you interact.


 
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