Intentional Peer Support – A Different Kind of Relationship

Intentional Peer Support – A Different Kind of Relationship 

The goal of intentional peer support is to build mutually transformative relationships. The process starts with your first meeting, or “first contact.” A growing number of peer supporters are being hired today alongside traditional behavioral health providers, psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists. It is important to know what makes peer support relationships different from the relationships between clinicians and their clients. The objective of this course is to introduce you to the basic characteristics and tasks of intentional peer support, as well as to the practice of building intentional, mutual peer relationships.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Connecticut Certification Board


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Oregon Traditional Health Worker


Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-IPS
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain the historical roots of peer support and how this shapes some of its characteristics.
Identify the core characteristics of Intentional Peer Support and how it is different from other kinds of help.
Apply the four tasks of Intentional Peer Support in real-life scenarios.
Engage in a first contact conversation.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Historical Roots of Peer Support A. Welcome to Intentional Peer Support! B. Emergence of Peer Support C. Evolution of an Idea D. Emergence of Intentional Peer Support E. Tasks of Peer Support F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Characteristics of Peer Support Relationships A. Introduction B. IPS is Trauma-Informed C. Let’s Practice: D. IPS Happens Anywhere At Any Time E. IPS is about Giving and Receiving F. IPS is Intentional G. IPS Uses Everyday Language. H. The Power of Language I. Summary Section 4: The Tasks of Intentional Peer Support A. The Four Tasks of IPS B. Task 1 - Connection C. Disconnection and Reconnection D. Task 2 - Worldview E. Review F. Task 3: Mutuality G. Giving/Receiving H. Mutuality and Trauma I. John and Kathy, Task 3 J. Task 4: Moving Towards (Instead of Away) K. Moving Towards vs. Setting Goals L. First Contact Conversations M. Worldview N. Setting the Stage O. Language P. Pay Attention Q. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Beth Filson, CPS, MFA
Beth Filson is a trainer and curriculum developer in Intentional Peer Support with Shery Mead and Chris Hansen. Beth has worked with Mead Consulting for a number of years to bring Intentional Peer Support to many different states, communities and organizations. She has trained and presented on IPS in Germany and Canada. Beth is also the co-author of Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support – A Guide for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care & Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC). She is a nationally recognized trainer and curriculum developer in trauma informed peer support and works with non-peer providers to engage with people in extreme distress to eliminate their revictimization. In addition, Beth works with incarcerated women to develop and sustain peer support programs. She makes her home in Western Massachusetts. Disclosure: Beth Filson, CPS, MFA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Shery Mead, MSW
Shery Mead has been developing and teaching intentional trauma informed peer support since 1995. She has done extensive speaking and training, nationally and internationally, on the topics of alternative approaches to crisis, trauma informed peer services, systems change, and the development and implementation of peer operated services. Her publications include academic articles, training manuals and a book co-authored with Mary Ellen Copeland, Wellness Recovery Action Planning and Peer Support. Disclosure: Shery Mead, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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