Free Stanford Peer Leaders Training in Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management

by Scott Mitchell on November 11, 2011

The Toronto Central Diabetes Self-Management Project is offering FREE Stanford Peer Leaders training in diabetes and chronic disease self-management.

The Toronto Central Diabetes Self-Management Project (TC DSMP) is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care — Ontario Diabetes Strategy. Its goal is to support individuals living with, or at risk for, diabetes by providing them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively self-manage their diabetes and to improve their health. This is facilitated by providing self-management education and skills training to individuals living with or at risk for diabetes & their health-care providers. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, developed at Stanford University, is called “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” here in Toronto Central region. It is designed to give patients and their families the skills and tools to help themselves manage the daily challenges of their chronic conditions. Currently, the program is offered in English, Chinese, Tamil, Spanish and we are looking for NEW Peer Leaders who can assist us with these and other languages.

Who Should Consider Becoming A Self-Management Peer Leader?

Peer Leaders are not necessarily healthcare professionals. Peer Leader Training is available for persons affected by chronic conditions including patients, family members, caregivers, and educators. Thousands of patients and caregivers have been trained to lead Self-Management Workshops in over 25 countries in all kinds of communities. Peer Leaders are individuals interested in learning how to better manage their chronic conditions and live a healthy life. We appreciate the commitment to lead 1-2 workshops during the following year.

We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer Peer Leader for this worthwhile program. You will have fun, meet new friends and help others to positively self-manage their chronic conditions. No healthcare training is needed. No previous experience in leading groups is needed. The 4-day training is free of charge to trainees, as the cost of training is covered by the Central Toronto Self-Management Project, which is funded by the MOHLTC Ontario Diabetes Strategy. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to apply to become a volunteer Peer Leader, please contact:

Rose-Ann Bailey
Toronto Central Diabetes Self-Management Project
E-mail: or
Tel: 416-462-2910
Fax 416-778-1305

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