In 2011, the FNS peer counseling training curricula were updated. These curricula were developed as a result of a cooperative agreement with Every Mother, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing counseling and lactation training and technical assistance to healthcare professionals.
Presentation Platform: The peer counselor presentation “platform” uses an innovative design approach that allows trainers to present the training curriculum in a highly-visual, easy-to-navigate format. All components of the platform—photo slides, picture stories, videos, case studies, animations, etc., are linked together through hyperlinks in a single platform. This approach is designed to strengthen the connection between the trainer and peer counselors and, enhances learning through emotion triggers from photo images, picture stories, video, and audio. The platform allows presenters to quickly and easily move throughout the presentation to respond to specific questions, access videos and other resources, and to meet targeted individual learning needs of peer counselors.
Note to trainers: The presentation platform itself consists of only visuals, graphics, and media designed to enhance your presentation of the speaker notes. Trainers should become very familiar with the detailed speaker notes before using the presentation platform to train peer counselors. Once familiar with the speaker notes, trainers can use the the "facilitator prompts" also available separately in the curriculum files, to assist with the presentation. The facilitator prompts provide brief key messages for each visual in the platform, along with reminders and navigation options. Additional information on using the materials and the presentation platform can be found in the Training Facilitator Guide.