Skills to Enhance Peer Support (STEPS)
STEPS: Skills to Enhance Peer Support
STEPS (Skills To Enhance Peer Support) aims to develop skills to empower student participants to feel comfortable providing resources and referrals to members of the Trent community, and beyond, who may be experiencing moments of stress or distress. The program requires participants to take five workshops that focus on communication skills, bystander intervention and diversity and inclusion.
Students interested in completing the full STEPS program must complete all five (5) of the following workshops:
- Bystander Intervention
- How to Support a Friend who has Experienced Sexual Violence
- Active Listening for Student Peer Supporters
- SafeTALK: Suicide Intervention Training (Due to COVID-19 restrictions this training will be available online in Winter 2021 futher details will be available in February 2021)
- Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity
STEPS offers students:
- Practical and relevant skills to support peers that are immediately applicable to student life and society.
- An opportunity to develop and enhance interpersonal skills that includes an understanding of self, groups and their community.
- The rules to engage in conversations with a peer in distress and to become a more engaged upstander.
- The opportunity to reflect upon and develop attitudes, knowledge and skills that relate to citizenship development and practices.
There is no formal enrollment process, leaving the opportunity open for students to participate in specific workshops without the commitment of the full program.
Online registration is required for attendance at all workshops. Registration is located on the Student Experience Portal.
Due to COVID-19 precautions all workshops will be offered in an online format for the 2020-2021 academic year.
For further information about STEPS please contact Krista Kermer – Student Retention Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org