Peer Mentoring

KnowBarriers Mentor Greg with a client

KnowBarriers Peer Mentor Program was established to provide newly injured patients at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center with a hopeful look toward their future.


Peer Mentors are primarily life coaching clients who graduated and achieved their individual goals. Peer Mentor candidates are required to be one year post onset of disability or diagnosis of physical disability, complete Rancho Volunteer Services orientation; to include passing a live scan (criminal background check) and health screening. Additional general peer mentor training is provided by KnowBarriers on the roles and responsibilities of a good peer mentor, how to model behavior, co-lead support groups, handle difficult situations, etc. Followed by a general peer mentor competency.

Peer Mentors who successfully complete the general and area specific competencies, work for one year as a volunteer may be eligible to apply for a contract (paid) position with the County of Los Angeles.

Peer Mentors co-lead patient education classes, provide skill demonstration for patients and staff, call patients after they leave the hospital, participate in community outings, supervise participants in the Rancho Wellness Center Resource Center and Life Gym, and provide overall support to patients and families during the adjustment to their injury.

The KnowBarriers Peer Mentor program is a great example of "paying it forward."

"The KnowBarriers peer mentor program is great for getting our patients focused on what is possible and what they can do instead of what they can’t.”- Bruce Coy, Physical Therapist."

To learn more about the KnowBarrier Life Coaching and Peer Mentor programs; print the fact sheets below:

Peer mentoring

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