What is Self-Determination?

Self-determination is one of the Core Values of peer support.

Self-Determination Self-determination is the right to make one’s own decisions and have freedom from coercion.

We support the facilitation and creation of an environment where people can feel free to tap into their inner motivation.

Peer support workers don’t fix or save. We acknowledge and hold space for resilience and inner wisdom.

Self-Determination Involves all the Following Concepts

  • A person’s right and ability to choose what they want and need for themselves
  • To be free from coercion, or from having other people make one’s life decisions
  • It’s about getting in the driver’s seat of one’s life, instead of always being the passenger
  • A belief that each person has an inner expert (even if they have barriers and can’t tap into their own wisdom at the moment)


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