At last year's conference, the mention of the peer mentorship model was met with spontaneous applause. Melanie Stewart and Rachelle Scheele created SCARS based on a peer mentorship model in response to Melanie's research, Melanie and Rachelle's personal experiences, and conversations with other survivors. A peer mentorship model honors the personal experiences of individual survivors, which puts trauma-informed principles into practice. The focus stays on rotating the system around the survivor rather the survivor around the system. Attendees will learn to incorporate peer mentorship principles into support groups.
Attendees will learn:
- Instilling by sharing values as opposed to imposing values
- growth and safety through mobility and rotation as opposed to imposing order
- encouraging systems navigation through group experience-sharing, as opposed to sharing lists
which contain broken links or covering for other systems
- pairing partiality with transparent systems appraisal ("Honest Trailer")