For Peer Support Groups

Learning and Comfort Agreements

Learning (and Comfort) Agreements

A learning agreement is a set of statements that outline how we want to be together as a group of peers. Avoid creating a list of ‘don’ts’. Ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Creating a sense of mutuality is paramount. Stay open to new ways of looking at things and learning what is important to each person. Try to create a supportive learning environment. For support we want to include a Comfort Agreement. Some sample items on the Agreements are:

  • Be supportive
  • Ask Questions
  • Exercise self-care and self-honesty
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Be understanding
  • Give acceptance
  • “thumbs up” if need to step out
  • Be willing to help facilitators
  • Avoid shouting or harsh voices
  • Avoid cross-talk (or side talk)
  • Avoid interrupting others
  • Respect confidentiality
  • No names of others when not present
  • What is said in the room stays in the room
  • Nothing about me without me
  • Use I statements
  • Avoid judging others (or self)
  • Try not to take things personally
  • Respect each other’s dignity
  • Avoid criticism
  • Disagree courteously
  • Avoid gossip
  • Share only what you are comfortable with being public