Developed in 1977, the Peer Counseling Program at WISE & Healthy Aging has become an international model for the delivery of counseling services to adults ages 55 and older. In this program, seniors dealing with stage-of-life issues such as loss, ill health, retirement, and other changes can develop insight and coping skills.
Our paraprofessional peer counselors provide individual counseling in at our Santa Monica site or at a client’s residence. The peer counselors also facilitate support groups to provide older adults with social interaction and emotional support. The peer counselors are volunteers, ages 55 and older, who receive extensive training and ongoing weekly supervision with a licensed mental health professional.
Fees for individual counseling are on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.
For more information on our Peer Counseling program or to volunteer in the program, please call (310) 394-9871, ext. 373. For information on purchasing our training materials (manual and videotapes) and/or to set up a Peer Counseling program in your community, please call (310) 394-9871, ext. 373.