Peer Educator Training

Since 1991, Centerforce staff have offered a five day, comprehensive training for inmates interested in becoming peer HIV educators. Centerforce staff and community experts are invited to facilitate components of the training. Approximately 20 inmates successfully complete this training every 6 months (40 per year) at San Quentin State Prison. Centerforce also facilitates this training at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, CA. For ordering information, see below.

The goal of this peer educator training is to create a pool of inmate peer educators to conduct the various HIV prevention programs in the prison. This program was formally evaluated and peer educators were found to be as effective as a professional HIV educator. We also found that inmates preferred peer educators. (Grinstead O, Faigeles B, Zack B. The effectiveness of peer HIV education for male inmates entering state prison. Journal of Health Education, 1997, Vol. 28, p. S31-S37)

ROTO logo“Reach One, Teach One” peer education program.

The training program includes: HIV/AIDS basics, substance use, STDs, sexuality and HIV, public speaking introduction and practice, and diversity training. A graduation ceremony and certificate are offered at the end of the 5-day training.

12 Module Training Program Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Peer Health Education

A. Group Introductions/Session Overview
B. Preparing a Group Contract
C. Identifying the Group
D. What is a Peer Health Educator?
E. Pre-training Knowledge Survey
F. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 2: Health and Self-Awareness

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. What is Health?
C. Health and Personal Values
D. Balancing Personal Values and Peer Health Education
E. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 3: Cultural Awareness

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. Cultural Identification
C. Culture and Peer Health Education
D. Exploring Personal Culture
E. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 4: Introduction to the Immune System

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. Overview of the Immune System
C. How the Immune System Works
D. Disease-Causing Organisms
E. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 5: HIV and AIDS

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. What are HIV and AIDS?
C. HIV Transmission
D. Charting the Battle
E. HIV Prevention
F. HIV Testing
G. HIV Treatment
H. Review
I. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 6: Hepatitis

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. What is Hepatitis?
C. Hepatitis Transmission
D. Hepatitis Prevention
E. Hepatitis Vaccinations
F. Hepatitis Testing
G. Hepatitis Treatment
H. Review
I. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 7: Tuberculosis

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. What is TB?
C. TB Infection vs. TB Disease
D. TB Transmission
E. TB Prevention and Testing
F. TB Treatment
G. Review
H. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 8: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. “Syphilis Sadie”
C. STD Symptoms, Transmission, Treatment
D. STD Prevention
E. Review
F. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 9: Harm Reduction

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. What is Harm Reduction?
C. Stages of Change
D. Harm Reduction Techniques
E. Peer Health Education and Harm Reduction
F. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 10: Presentation and Communication Skills

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. Jitter Circle
C. Types of Communication
D. Listening, Facilitation, and Presentation Skills
E. Personal Communication Skills Checklist
F. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 11: Practice Sessions

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. Presentation Overview
C. Feedback Guidelines
D. Presentation Preparation
E. Presentations and Feedback
F. Conclusion and Wrap Up

Module 12: Closure and Graduation

A. Introductions/Session Overview
B. Post-training Knowledge Survey
C. Closing Activity
D. Graduation Ceremony


For a copy of the Reach One, Teach One training, contact GlaxoSmithKline:

GlaxoSmithKline Customer Response Center
1-888-825-5249
uscrcweb@gsk.com

Last modified: February 7, 2011