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    2nd Year of Project FOCUS Senior Peer Counseling Program

    Project FOCUS Senior Peer Counseling Program is recruiting volunteers 60 years and over to receive training on peer counseling techniques and skills. The intensive twelve (12) session training is based on a training manual developed by the Center for Healthy Aging in California over 20 years ago and has received national recognition for its success in providing an alternate counseling approach for older adults. The model has been replicated nationally and even internationally in places such as Hong Kong and Denmark. This model has also been featured in nationally known TV shows such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. Upon completing the training, peer counselors will be equipped to provide counseling to elderly individuals who may be experiencing isolation, grief, health issues or who may just need someone to talk to. Peer Counselors receive on-going supervision and in-service training on counseling techniques and aging issues.

    The Project FOCUS Senior Peer Counseling Program has been made available through funding by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Centro San Vicente and the El Paso MHMR have been contracted to recruit, train and supervise the volunteers.

    For more information contact:
    Nancy Melendez-Forbes at (915) 541-4236 or Joselyn Guerry at (915) 859-7545 Ext. 268

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