The interview


Why should you do this exercise?

It’s a way to practice “listening skills”
which are very important in peer-support.
When someone tells you a story
and you report it to someone else,
it’s important to keep the meaning
and not to change the information.


What can be the role of a Peer-Trainer with intellectual disability?

The peer-trainer shows the exemple by doing the exercise with the trainer.

What is the objective of the exercise?

  • Communicating, asking questions and listening
  • Adopting an open attitude to diversity
  • Understanding inclusion in different situations.

What is the method to be used?

The peer-trainer talks about a souvenir from his vacations with friends.
The trainer asks the trainees if they had this experience before.
We agree on a common theme
The peer-trainer asks each trainee about their experience with this theme.
The trainer requests that a trainee asks questions to the participant sharing his experience.
The group should listen and summarize the information

The trainer requests from the trainees to prepare an exercise at home. They should question a person from their entourage about their experience on the theme discussed in the group

The following day The peer-trainer asks the participants to present their feedbacks
The trainer makes the group think about the difficulty to talk about someone else’s experience
The group lists the difficulties
The trainer asks the trainees to reflect on ways to listen to others without judging them

What are the materials needed?

No specific material but it’s an exercise that must be organized in two times.

Tips for the trainers/additional information

The second part of the exercice must be done the day right after.
Timeframe: 1 hour 30 minutes + 1hour the day after