Peer Mentoring

FSCIRC offers statewide coordinated peer mentoring services to Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Program clients, as well as individuals outside the program. The basis of the program is to link newly injured individuals and individuals who are struggling with life post-injury with mentors who have had considerable success post-injury.

 

Mentors have undergone standardized training to ensure they act in the best interest of those they interact with. On a whole, the program seeks to reiterate the message of maximum independence and positively overcoming injury. These goals are marked by successful community integration in such activities as personal care, SCI education, employment, recreation, volunteering, and school.

 

For a general information flier on the program, download the .PDF version containing important program guidelines.  Please post the flier in your facility or hand out to potential peer mentors.

 

Peer Mentor Requirements

 

  • Individuals must have sustained a spinal cord injury and be a least 2 years post injury.
  • Individuals must display a successful reintegration to their community.  Examples include those active in employment, community activities, recreation, volunteering, attending school, etc.
  • Individuals must be able to demonstrate proactive healthcare management.
  • All individuals over the age of 21 must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • To become a peer mentor, all individuals must successfully complete an approved FSCIRC peer mentor training session.
  • All individuals must participate in ongoing education.
  • All mentors must have reliable transportation.
  • All mentors must pass a Level II criminal background screening.
  • All mentors will complete approved HIPAA training and adhere to confidentiality requirements.
  • Mentors will work under the supervision of the Program Coordinator and provide updates on mentoring activities as required. 
  • Mentors must submit a report on each protégé they are assigned, using the forms provided.

     

How do I become a mentor?
 

Step 1:  Download a Peer Mentor Application.

 

Step 2:  Mail, fax, or email the completed form to:

 

Florida SCI Resource Center
Tampa General Rehab Center
P.O. Box 1289, Room R212
Tampa, FL 33601
Fax: 813-844-1674
Email: peers@fscirc.com

 

Step 3:  FSCIRC will contact the applicant once their information is received and explain the program in further detail.

 

Step 4:  Once a training session is scheduled, the applicant will be notified.

 

Step 5:  Attend a training and pass a Level II criminal background screening.

 

 

How do I request a mentor for myself or my loved one?

 

Step 1:   Download a Peer Mentor Referral Form.

 

Step 2:  Mail, fax, or email the completed form to:

 

Florida SCI Resource Center
Tampa General Rehab Center
P.O. Box 1289, Room R212
Tampa, FL 33601
Fax: 813-844-1674
Email:  peers@fscirc.com

 

Step 3:  Upon receipt of the referral form, the Peer Mentor Coordinator will contact the person making the referral and/or the protégé seeking services to confirm their intention to interact with a peer mentor.

 

Step 4:  After identifying an appropriate mentor, the Peer Mentor Coordinator will provide contact and demographic information to the mentor.  The mentor will then make contact (usually by phone) with the protégé and set up a time to meet.  Mentoring is then self-directed by the two participants.