Are you motivated to live your healthiest life and help others do the same?

Do you have good listening and communication skills?

Do you want to assist people to feel more in control and build their self-confidence?

Do you want to help people with chronic conditions manage their lives through positive role modeling and facilitate workshops in your area?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, consider becoming a Lay Leader in your community!

About Lay Leader Training

Lay Leader training was developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Each training requires advance registration, and sometimes a registration fee. Often a pre-screening registration is collected. The minimum requirements include:


You must complete each day of training to become certified as Lay Leader. Trainings are 4 to 6 days long depending on whether you want to be certified in diabetes in addition to chronic disease.


You agree to help facilitate a minimum of two, six week workshops per year to maintain your certification.

Tips for new Lay Leaders

Lay Leaders work in teams of two, so consider attending with a friend. It is strongly recommended that Lay Leaders are individuals living with a chronic condition, rather than a health or social service professional. It is also very helpful if interested individuals have attended a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop as a participant prior to attending the Lay Leader training.

Updates are sometimes made by Stanford University to the program. Trainings on these changes for Lay Leaders are offered in Nevada in person or by webinar. These updates are required for Lay Leaders to stay current. If you are an active leader, you will be informed of any updates.

Ready to become a leader? Join here!

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Upcoming Leader Trainings


Resources for first-time or returning Lay Leaders

CDSMP Leader Training, Las Vegas NV October 2013

CDSMP Leader Training, Las Vegas NV October 2013

Master Trainers: Aidee Flores Fernandez and Sandra Rapp with Leader Graduates

CDSMP Leader Training, Reno NV January 2015

CDSMP Leader Training, Reno NV January 2015

Master Trainers Susan G. Harris and LuAnne Steininger with Leader Graduates