What Do "Healthy Change" Workshop Leaders Do?

Workshop leaders facilitate the six-week "Healthy Change" workshop in community settings, working in pairs. Groups meet once a week for 2½ hours, for six weeks. There are 8 to 16 participants in each workshop. Leaders follow a scripted manual to teach & model skills for Healthy Change. Topics covered during the workshop include healthy eating and exercise; managing pain, fatigue, stress and medications; communicating with healthcare professionals; making decisions about treatments; planning ahead and problem solving.

The process of leading a group is as important, or perhaps more important, than the content delivered! Workshops are interactive. Leaders set a positive example by being a role model for workshop participants through their own self-management.

Leaders learn the skills required to facilitate workshops by attending a free 4-day Leader Training course. We ask certified leaders to commit to deliver the six-week workshop within 6 months of their training and at least once per year. Leaders must facilitate a workshop once a year to retain an active certification. They will also have the opportunity to participate in activities to promote and implement the workshop in the community.

Volunteer Peer Leader Training Requirements

  • Attend an in-person or phone interview
  • Complete the 4 day Leader's training course including practice teaching assignments
  • Attend refresher sessions periodically to maintain certification
  • Where possible, we prefer that Trainees have completed the Self-Management Workshop as a participant before training as a leader
  • Complete a police reference check
  • Submit the attached "Volunteer Application Form"
  • Run an annual 6-week Self-Management Workshop
Ontario Ministry of Health