Eating Disorders In Students Service (EDISS) – Peer Support

 

Service users are entitled to 8 sessions of peer support with an EDISS Support Worker, lasting a maximum of 45 minutes each. Sessions usually take place on a weekly basis, however this can be discussed and agreed between the service user and member of staff.

Peer support will take place via bookable appointments only. Appointments will be arranged via email or during sessions with the support worker. Please note that emails between service users and support workers should only be exchanged for arranging appointments.

Peer support usually takes place in the same room(s) (unless otherwise stated), at the following locations:

University of Nottingham
Student Advice Centre
(wait in main reception)
Tuesdays 1pm-4pm

Cripps Health Centre
(wait in main reception)
Wednesday & Fridays

 

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
(wait Newton Building, lower floor – orange sofas)
Thursdays (4-7pm)

Clifton Campus
(wait in student services reception)
Fridays (9-4pm)

In certain circumstances other times maybe arranged dependant on availability (staff, rooms etc). Peer support can also be offered via SKYPE.

Peer support may be described as being one level down from counselling in that the discussion may be a two-way process without a specific psychological approach being applied. Peer support takes place on a one-to-one basis, normally with the same person for every session.

Peer support is an opportunity to discuss thoughts, feelings and emotions that are related to current circumstances for service user. Worksheets may be used as well as any creative arts that might feel appropriate for both service users and peer support worker.

Boundaries are in place and a contract signed at the beginning of support to ensure that both parties are clear on what may/may not be expected.