Purpose of Module

Boundaries are an essential part of healthy human connection. The peer support relationship is no exception. When people in a relationship are clear about what is OK, and what is not OK, they have a deeper capacity to build empathy, connect and stay out of resentment. Boundaries and boundary creation within peer support will look different than in other professional roles within the mental health and substance use fields. Mutuality is foundational to peer support, so we will explore how to approach boundary co-creation from the perspective of mutuality.

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to recognize the difference between boundaries and ethics (including Peer Support Canada’s Code of Conduct).
  2. You will be able to integrate a mindset of mutuality in the co-creation of boundaries with the people you support.
  3. You will recognize the importance of, and be able to integrate, boundary creation into your personal self-nourishment practice.

Core Values

Throughout this module, please consider and reflect on the Core Values. When you are finished going through this module, please come back to this page and jot down some thoughts about how you will apply the Core Values in your work related to this topic. If you need a refresh of the definition of the Core Values see the graphic at the end of this module.

  • Hope and Wholeness for All
  • Acknowledgement
  • Mutuality
  • Strength-Based
  • Self-Determination
  • Respect, Dignity, and Equity
  • Belonging and Community
  • Curiosity


Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Post-Secondary Peer Support Training Curriculum Copyright © 2022 by Jenn Cusick is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book