Better Choices, Better Health

Peer Leader Training Information and Guidelines for the
Better Choices, Better Health® Program
(Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)

 

 

 

To become a certified Peer Leader you need to complete a 4-day training (2 days per week for 2 weeks). 

 

The next Peer Leader training will be held in September 2017:

 

Monday, September 11, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Monday, September 18, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

 

Training will be held at:

Vintage, Inc.
421 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


APPLY BY:  September 5, 2017

Better Choices, Better Health® is a free six-week series of workshops for adults with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The workshops, which last for 2 ½ hours and are held at the same time and location each week, focus on helping participants to develop skills and strategies for more effectively managing their chronic conditions. The workshops are interactive and participatory in nature and cover topics including exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques, and effective communication with medical providers. The typical workshop size is about 15 participants.

 

This program is evidence based, which means that scientific studies have demonstrated that the program has resulted in positive outcomes. These outcomes include increased exercise, better coping strategies and symptom management, better communication with doctors, more energy and less fatigue, decreased disability, and fewer physician visits and hospitalizations.

 

The workshops are taught not by medical professionals, but by Peer Leaders who are similar to the workshop participants. We are currently recruiting Peer Leaders to serve as facilitators for the workshops.

 

As a Peer Leader, you would not be alone in teaching the class; all workshops are facilitated by two trained Leaders. In addition, you will have the support of a Master Trainer, who will attend the first class and be available to you throughout the six weeks for questions.


 

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