Approved for 4 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB).

This comprehensive training seeks to demystify the multifaceted nature of power, examining it as an individual, collective, and political force that plays a pivotal role in shaping the advocacy landscape. 

By drawing on practical experience and theory – particularly in the context of poverty and women’s rights where power has been analyzed from the vantage point of subordination and discrimination – NYCPS can gain valuable insights that are directly applicable to their peer support roles.


  1. Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)
    1. Importance of Power and Empowerment Training for NYCPS
    2. Overview of Learning Objectives
    3. Setting the Context: The Influence of Power in Peer Support
  2. Looking at Power (30 minutes)
    1. Defining Power and Its Dimensions
    2. Recognizing Power in Various Contexts
    3. Unpacking the Influence of Power in Advocacy
    4. Exercise: Identifying the Sources and Uses of Power (45 minutes)
    5. Guided Activity: Identifying Personal and Collective Sources of Power
    6. Discussion: How Power is Used in Advocacy
    7. Reflection on Power Dynamics in Peer Support
  3. Exercise: Feeling Power and Powerlessness (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Emotional Responses to Power
    2. Sharing Personal Experiences of Empowerment and Powerlessness
    3. Group Discussion: Navigating Emotional Responses in Peer Support
  4. Expressions of Power (30 minutes)
    1. Manifestations of Power in Different Settings
    2. Understanding Power Dynamics in Organizations
    3. Examining the Impact of Power on Relationships in Peer Support
  5. Power, Advocacy, and Conflict (45 minutes)
    1. Interplay Between Power, Advocacy, and Conflict
    2. Strategies for Navigating Conflict in Advocacy Efforts
    3. Case Studies: Real-life Examples of Power and Conflict in Advocacy
  6. Many Levels of Political Power (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Political Dimensions of Power
    2. Identifying Various Levels of Political Influence
    3. Group Activity: Mapping Political Power Structures
  7. More Thoughts on the Public and Private Angles of Political Power (30 minutes)
    1. Examining the Public and Private Dimensions of Political Power
    2. Understanding the Intersectionality of Political Power
    3. Q&A Session
  8. Analyzing and Navigating the Many Levels of Power (30 minutes)
    1. Strategies for Analyzing Power Dynamics
    2. Navigating Power in Peer Support
    3. Group Discussion: Applying Strategies in Real-world Scenarios
  9. What is Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Defining Empowerment and Its Components
    2. Recognizing the Connection Between Power and Empowerment
    3. Reflection on Personal and Collective Empowerment
  10. The Conflicts and Risks of Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Conflicts and Risks Associated with Empowerment
    2. Strategies for Mitigating Risks
    3. Group Activity: Identifying and Addressing Risks in Peer Support
  11. Empowerment Frameworks (30 minutes)
    1. Introduction to Different Empowerment Models
    2. Applying Empowerment Frameworks in Peer Support
    3. Workshop: Developing Empowerment Plans for Peer Support Practices
  12. Measuring Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Tools and Metrics for Assessing Empowerment
    2. Evaluating the Impact of Empowerment in Peer Support
    3. Closing Discussion: Measuring Success in Empowerment
  13. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Encouraging Continued Learning and Application
    3. Feedback and Evaluation


  1. Understand power as an individual, collective, and political force in advocacy and peer support.
  2. Identify sources and uses of power through interactive exercises.
  3. Explore emotional responses to power and powerlessness in the context of peer support.
  4. Recognize manifestations of power and its impact on relationships.
  5. Understand the interplay between power, advocacy, and conflict.
  6. Explore various levels of political power and their implications.
  7. Examine the public and private dimensions of political power.
  8. Develop strategies for analyzing and navigating power dynamics in peer support.
  9. Define empowerment and its components.
  10. Explore conflicts, risks, and mitigation strategies associated with empowerment.
  11. Become familiar with different empowerment frameworks.
  12. Learn tools and metrics for measuring empowerment in peer support.


This four-hour training session aims to equip NYCPS with a comprehensive understanding of power dynamics, emotional responses, and strategies for empowerment in peer support, fostering a more informed and empowered approach to advocacy and support services.