Peer support workers in the mental health sector, often now acknowledged as ‘experts by experience’, offer a unique insight and understanding that can only be gained through having been there yourself.
This course has been specifically developed to equip students with the learning and values necessary to utilise their own experiences to support others recovering from mental illness.
Developed by the Scottish Recovery Network, the PDA will help you to build up your skills in:
No specific entry requirements, although applicants should have personal experience of mental health problems and be able to provide evidence of good written and oral communication skills (SCQF level 5 or above)
The PDA consists of two mandatory units:
Recovery Context which includes the following outcomes:
Developing Practice, outcomes include:
You will learn through a combination of workshops and self-study.
For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.
Contact the relevant college for more information.
Successful completion of the PDA may lead to opportunities for employment as a Peer Supporter. It may also offer access to a range of other related mental health and social services qualifications.
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.