HFL Peer Support Volunteers (PSV) are survivors of childhood trauma who have completed at least one healing program as a guest at Heal For Life and then go on to complete the PSV training. They generously volunteer their time and energies walking beside guests in our healing programs.

Training required to work as a volunteer at Heal For Life

The basic training to be a volunteer takes five days. It is also the first module of further training.

Further training which can be done by Peer Support Volunteers (PSVs) is the one year Heal For Life “Certificate in Trauma Healing”.  It consists of eight modules (or units of learning) that many PSVs choose to complete to further increase their skills, knowledge and training.  The training expands and deepens their own understanding of the different types of interventions used in the Heal For Life model. It helps them to assist guests during healing weeks and is also a way of continuing their own healing.

The completion of all eight modules (known as CARs), provides a framework for understanding the theoretical knowledge and practice behind the Heal For Life healing model.  Additionally HFL Peer Support Volunteers are given the opportunity to explore the relevance of the theoretical themes within their personal lives.

Heal For Life recognises that HFL Peer Support Volunteers will come from varying educational backgrounds, and we encourage those who have not completed formal education to enrol. Students will be supported in all aspects of their learning.

Attendance Requirements

We support flexible study where possible – HFL Peer Support Volunteers are welcome to complete particular subjects by distance or attend as many modules as they wish. All HFL Peer Support Volunteers are welcome to re-attend modules if they are interested in updating their knowledge and skill base without completing assessments.  They will be awarded a certificate of attendance once they have attended all modules.

As there is advanced preparation required, it is necessary for students to contact the office as soon as they become aware they are unable to attend a module.


Professional supervision and support will be given throughout the study year to enable the integration of theory and practice. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Supervisor to schedule the supervision time. Professional supervision is available on site for each student at no cost – speak to the Education Coordinator for details.


The fee for doing the one week initial HFL Peer Support Volunteer Training is $500. This can be paid in one deposit of $500 or by instalments.  If you complete four weeks of being a HFL Peer Support Volunteer (within 12 months of attending the initial training) you will receive a refund of all money you have paid above $200.

A First Aid course led by a recognised RTO is also offered to HFL Peer Support Volunteers at Heal For Life at a 50% subsidised rate. HFL Peer Support Volunteers who have paid the non-refundable $200 for their training may complete one First Aid course at Heal For Life at no cost.  All future First Aid refresher courses at Heal For Life will be offered at a 50% subsidised rate (while actively volunteering at HFL).  A current First Aid Certificate is a requirement for certificate graduation.

Additional Costs

HFL Peer Support Volunteers undertake practical placement on a Heal For Life healing program as a HFL Peer Support Volunteer in between each module they attend. As long as they are volunteering then the training is at no cost.

HFL Peer Support Volunteers who are unable to do the practical placement component will be required to pay module fees.  These are payable prior to attendance.

  • 2-Day Module (theory – attend and submit assignment) $250.00
  • 2-Day Module (attendance only) $150.00

Direct deposit is the preferred option for payments.

Limited Financial Support for Travel Expenses

Heal For Life is a Charity Organisation and thus relies on donations from Benefactors.  Heal For Life offers HFL Peer Support Volunteers reimbursement for travel up to $200 for the return trip to be a HFL Peer Support Volunteer on a healing program. We regret we are not able to offer support for travel to and from the modules. Heal For Life is only able to offer financial support for travel expenses for HFL Peer Support Volunteers who are also attending as a HFL Peer Support Volunteer in the healing week directly before or directly after a module. This must be approved prior to attendance at each Module. If approval is given for reimbursement of travel expenses to a module, students must provide all receipts to support the claim and submit them to the office with a completed claim form. Receipts must have been issued within 7 days of making the claim for reimbursement.

Heal For Life Commitment to HFL Peer Support Volunteers

  • Heal For Life will provide individual module information on theory days.
  • Heal For Life will provide appropriate shared accommodation during the module.
  • Heal For Life will be fair and supportive when marking assessments.
  • Heal For Life has protocols for relationship resolutions.
  • Heal For Life residents welcome students and will always try to make students comfortable at Heal For Life Foundation.

Modules and competencies