Peer Services Implementation
Since 2010, when Via Hope held its first Peer Specialist Certification Training and launched the Peer Specialist Learning Community, over 1,000 people have been trained as peer specialists and there has been a veritable explosion in the growth of peer support positions in the Texas behavioral health system.
As the value of peer support has become recognized and the interest in hiring peer specialists has increased, so has the demand for tools and practices that support the integration of this new workforce into provider settings. In the Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Program, we work together across five domains to support organizational changes that make it possible for peer specialists to effectively provide peer support: Organizational Culture, Funding Peer Specialist Positions, Recruitment and Hiring of Peer Specialists, Peer Support Staff Role Definition and Clarification, and Supervision and Career Advancement.
To support effective implementation of peer services across Texas, Via Hope offers webinars, public workshops, individualized training and technical assistance to organizations upon request, and Learning Community programs that provide intensive support to a cohort of organizational teams over a year or more.
Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Learning Community
The Peer Services Implementation Learning Community is a twelve-month program, designed to help provider organizations effectively implement the services of Certified Peer Specialists. Organizational teams who participate are comprised of peer specialists, supervisors of peers, clinical staff, and individuals in administrative leadership roles. Activities include individualized TA, on site support, and cross-site learning opportunities and collaboration.
Over the course of the PSI Program, teams will focus on change across five domains of peer services implementation:
- Organizational Culture,
- Funding Peer Specialist Positions,
- Recruitment and Hiring of Peer Specialists,
- Peer Support Staff Role Definition and Clarification, and
- Supervision and Career Advancement.
Sites for the 2018-2019 program have been selected. Contact us to find out about upcoming Learning Community opportunities.
Demystifying the Peer Workforce: Training for Non-Peer Professionals
Demystifying the Peer Workforce is a 2-day workshop offered by Via Hope as a component of the Recovery Institute’s Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Program. The workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the role of Certified Peer Specialists, the value they add to the organizations where they work, and common challenges experienced when implementing peer support services in traditional mental health provider settings. Participants will come away with a greater appreciation of how peer support services and clinical services can complement one another and an awareness of how to effectively promote peer support services within their organization. The target audience for this interactive workshop is administrators, supervisors, and clinical staff that want to promote collaboration across roles to effectively promote recovery within mental health service settings.
Public offerings of this workshop occur routinely and provide the opportunity for individuals or small groups to learn how peer services can best be used at their agencies. This workshop is also available for specific organizations who wish to dive a little deeper by hosting Via Hope on site. Contact us to find out about pricing and available funding to support on-site training that’s customized to the needs of your team.
To learn more about opportunities to boost the peer services program at your agency, contact Amanda Bowman, Recovery Institute Manager.