Peer mentoring is a relationship formed between a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee). An example would be a military veteran that has found rehabilitative services for injuries and traumatic experiences from their time in service and sharing that knowledge with an individual beginning their “healing journey.”
Peer mentors are also used for health and lifestyle changes. For example, clients, or patients, with support from peers, may have one-on-one sessions that meet regularly to help them recover or rehabilitate. Peer mentoring provides individuals who have suffered from a specific life experience the chance to learn from those who have recovered, or rehabilitated, following such an experience. Peer mentors provide education, recreation and support opportunities to individuals. The peer mentor may challenge the mentee with new ideas, and encourage the mentee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable.
At Warrior Life Coach®, we have provided our peer services to many organizations; to include The Share Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center, Veterans Court of Cobb County, and Family Warrior Weekend of Camp Twin Lakes.
Warrior Life Coach® has recently partnered with Dryhootch to bring their Quick Reaction Force model (QRF) to more military veterans. This program provides veterans the skills they need to serve as Peer Mentors. The QRF Peer Mentor Training Program is a product of the Dryhootch Partnership for Veteran Health. Collaborating partners include: Dryhootch of America, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Mental Health America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and independent community- based professionals. As a Veteran who has made the transition to civilian life, you know how difficult it can be—especially when dealing with issues such as depression or PTSD. We made a commitment while serving to have each other’s back. Now there are veterans dealing with the readjustment of returning home. This Peer training can give you the tools to continue to serve, and help a bother or sister.
The product was funded wholly by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership .
This program is a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Learn more about this awesome program here.