The Resilience Peer Network, trained and supervised by the Office of Campus and Student Resilience (CSR) is working in collaboration with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) to expand UCLA students' access toprevention and early intervention for depression and anxiety. This research collaboration will provide eligibilityscreened UCLA students with an effective internet delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT), with trainedResilience Peers providing support and encouragement under close professional supervision.
Training for the Graduate Resilience Peer Network includes two six-week sequences of internet delivered cognitive behavioral therapy; direct instruction, experiential learning, and supervised practice focusing on active listening and empathic responding; mindfulness approaches; motivational interviewing; ethics, confidentiality, and boundaries; campus resources, protocols, and referrals; support group facilitation skills and the use of supervision; and the requirements and limitations of the Resilience Peer role in individual and group support in the DGC study. Resilience Peers are trained to provide motivational support and reinforcement of learning; Resilience Peers provide no direct therapy or treatment. Students' learning and practice competencies are evaluated through formal testing, journaling, and observed practice sessions. Students who successfully complete the training sequence join the support network for UCLA graduate and professional school students in the Depression GrandChallenge Resilience Peer Network iCBT study.
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