A consumer-led organisation and early pioneer in peer support, Mind & Body Consultants provide peer support services, deliver the Certificate in Peer Support, employ consumer advisors and have carried out research on peer support. They are also a provider of the national 'Like Minds, Like Mine' program which works to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental distress.
New Zealand's National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development. Includes information on development of the service user workforce, the New Zealand Peer Support Network and the Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health).
Sherry Mead developed the model of Intentional Peer Support (IPS). Her website (mentalhealthpeers.com) includes access to her articles, information about her books and a web-based e-learning course. The IPS website was launched in 2013 and also includes newsletters, updates, training information and resources.
The mission of Peers for Progress is to accelerate the availability of best practices in peer support around the world. Peers for Progress is designed to demonstrate the value of peer support, extend the evidence base for such interventions, help establish peer support as an accepted, core component of health care, and promote peer support programs and networks around the world.
Provides information about certification training, ongoing support and continuing education provided to consumer peer workers in Georgia. Includes a job description and Code of Ethics for peer workers.
An organisation dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States.
A consumer/survivor/expatient-run organisation whose mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma and extreme states.
The Peer Support Resources website was created as a way to share resources with those interested in understanding, implementing or working in peer-to-peer support roles (particularly those that exist within mental health services and/or that are intended for individuals who are or have experienced trauma, emotional distress, psychiatric diagnosis and other significant life challenges).
Of particular interest, Peer Support Resources have written a declaration of peer roles as well as a handbook for providers who are in the process of implementing peer roles and another for individuals working in these roles.
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
Mental Health coordinating council, the peak body for mental health community services in NSW, have developed training material to assist anyone who is delivering the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. These resources can also be used by peer workers who deliver training as part of their role.
The training covers:
• History and philosophy of peer work
• Different understanding on mental illness
• Sharing lived experience
• Rights and peer work
• Ethical practice
• Understanding self and others
• Approaches to peer work (strengths and values-based practice)
• Providing individual support for recovery
• Helping individuals, carers and families navigate the system
• Collaborative risk management
• Facilitating peer support groups
• Contributing to quality and continuous improvement
• Peer friendly evaluation and research methods.
Peer Leaders Online Training (PLOT) is a free course from the Chronic Illness Alliance, designed as a step by step guide to setting up and running a peer support group. It can also be used to build the capacity of an existing group, or to train a new peer leader to take over.
The training is structured around core units and optional electives. The core units cover areas such as leadership and facilitation skills, navigating through difficult times, governance and financial matters, planning, and promoting your group. The electives currently on offer provide in-depth discussion guides and group activities to enable peer leaders to facilitate sessions on two important topics for peer support groups: illness and intimacy, and health literacy.
The course and electives are self-guided and you can work through each Unit at your own pace. For more detailed information about course content, you can download the course overview here.
In addition to providing information and recommendations within each Unit, the course includes a range of activities, resources and templates that are designed to help you convert concepts into skills, and put theory into practice. Most of the materials are contained within the course, and there are also links to external resources online and in the community.