Supervision & Support of the Peer Specialist- Online

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Peer Support can increase self-sufficiency, self-esteem, empowerment, and hope. In addition, people receiving Peer Support services experience decreased psychotic symptoms, reduced hospitalization rates, longer community tenure, and decreased substance use (SAMHSA Value of Peers, 2017). However, key components are necessary for these benefits to come to fruition. One of these key components is effective supervision and support of the Peer Workforce.

In this course, we will explore components of effective Peer Support while gaining understanding of how we can provide support to the process as supervisors. We will discuss both administrative (needs of the agency) and supportive (needs of the peer workforce) components of the Supervision role.

This is an experiential course that requires active engagement to get the most out of the experience. Our facilitation process is rooted in mutual learning and collaboration to build connection and communities of wellness. We will engage participants through discussion and activities that provide opportunities for participants to apply concepts, knowledge, and skills raised by presentation.

****This course meets the PA state qualification to provide supervision for trained and certified peer specialists.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history, concepts and evidence of Peer Support and the recovery model
  • Describe the role, values and benefits of Peer Support Services
  • Describe essential functions of Supervisors of the Peer Workforce.
  • Identify the core competencies, values and code of ethics of a Certified Peer Specialists
  • Apply leadership and management skills to support and promote the effective implementation of a Peer Support Service Program.
  • Advocate for the fidelity, purpose and effective role of a CPS

Technology Requirements:

  • Computer
  • Video Camera for Zoom sessions
  • Computer microphone or phone (to call into the Zoom session).

*This course cannot be completed using a phone. Cameras must be on during all sessions.


Required Live Zoom Sessions:

Dates: June 24 - June 28, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm - 4:00pm CT/ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm MT/ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT

***This course includes both Zoom Sessions and independent study work through the Canvas platform. Participants must complete all components to receive a certificate.


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