Need: HOT: Helping Ourselves Together, A Peer Counselor Training Program for queer young women. Curriculum Development
my organization, the Queer African Youth Networking Center is developing a peer counselors training program, Helping Ourselves Together (HOT) to build the capacity of LGBTQI youth peer counselors to effectively disseminate information on sexual education, gender identity, sexual orientation, substance abuses, behavior change and to provide basic psycho-social counseling services in their communities in Africa. The training workshop will be conducted once a week for three hours, for a total duration of two months for the core training and an extra two weeks to train future trainers of peer counselors, those individuals who exhibit skills and commitment to peer counseling. The two weeks training will provide more in-depth information about peer counseling training techniques. After completion of the training, Certified Peer Counselors are assigned districts in their area to conduct outreach sessions for six month.
The goal of the program is to:
•Provide free one-on-one and group peer counseling to 800 queer identified youth in the LGBTQI community in Lagos (Nigeria) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) over the next two years, who struggle with a unique set of challenges particular to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
•Develop a bond of trust between youth of similar age, experience, values and culture. It connects youth to LGBTQI community resources and provides education about gender identity, sexual orientation issues, behavior change, healthy relationship and harm reduction.
•Strengthening the social networks of youth, especially girls and young women to speak for themselves, share and explore their experiences in a supportive and safe environment.
•Build the capacity of peer counselors to help their peers with dealing with stressful and traumatic life experiences.
Help: The organization is operating with no funding and we are in desperate need for support to develop the curriculum.
If you have a background in counseling and can help help us with the curriculum or know of any organization that has similar program, please let me know. I have pasted a copy of the first draft to give you an idea on where we are at. Any help and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
QAYN-Center Peer Counseling Curriculum Outline, Draft
8 sessions, 2 months
Participants ages 18 – 29 years old
1)Session – Introductions, Icebreakers, Trust/Community building activities, Creating Sense of Purpose
a.) Activities to create sense of partnership
b.) Activities for sense of commonalities in group
c.) Activities to share why participants want to be in group, as well as goals
2)Session – Icebreaker, Health topics: Gender, Sexuality, Stigma
a.) What do you want your community to know?
b.) Myths & Facts
c.) Coming Out + Harm Reduction
d.) How health topics are important to you?
e.) Why is it so hard to talk about these topics?
3)Session – Icebreaker, Internalized Oppression, Self-Esteem
a.) Pyramid of Oppression: Internalized, Interpersonal, Institutional, Acts of Violence
b.) Self-esteem worth, how we combat oppression on a daily basis
c.) What are our strengths as individuals and as a team
4)Session – Icebreaker, Women’s Health
a.) Anatomy & Hygiene
b.) Myths & Facts
c.) Safer Sex and Sexually Transmitted Infections
5)Session – Icebreaker, Healthy Relationships, Consent, Sexually Assault/Rape, Commercial Sex
a.) Practice Negotiation Skills
b.) What is consent?
c.) What is a healthy relationship?
d.) Self-Care around violence and harm reduction skills when in the moment
6)Session – Icebreaker, Harm Reduction & Substance Use
a.) What substances are popular?
b.) Why do we use?
c.) What is harm reduction and how can we apply it to our lives?
d.) HR Triangle
7)Session – Icebreaker, Boundaries, Redirection techniques, Role Plays
a.) When asked personal questions, how do they make you feel, what crosses your line?
b.) Different tools to redirect inappropriate questions, how to say no
c.) Practice skills
8)Session (optional) – Icebreaker, Facilitation skills
a.) Task Instructions
b.) Lesson Plan Goal Setting
c.) Framing & Debriefing
d.) Applying knowledge in interesting activities
e.) Icebreaker Mania
f.) Role Plays
Each session has time for sharing of week’s experiences, check-in questions, and team-building exercises.
Sessions will be around 2.5 hrs once a week
There could be take home assignments or not depending on the personal lives of participants (all assignments would be safe and easy to do without outing participants.)