Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support

The two sets of Guidelines are intended to provide direction to policy makers, decision makers, program leaders and the Canadian public about the practice of peer support. The two sets of Guidelines offer elements for the practice of peer support and an outline of the underlying values, principles of practice, skills and abilities of supporters. We encourage prospective and practicing peer support workers to consider the set of Guidelines as a roadmap for personal development, and we encourage administrators to consult the set of Guidelines as they develop or enhance peer support programs within their organizations. Both sets of Guidelines focus on a structured form of peer support that fosters recovery. The peer support worker1 will have lived experience2 of a mental health challenge or illness, or is a family member or loved one of someone who does,3 is in a positive state of recovery and has developed an ability to provide peer support. The content of the Training Guidelines parallels the critical elements outlined in the Guidelines for the Practice of Peer Support. The two sets of Guidelines support Changing Direction, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and are meant to be consistent with its goals for achieving the best possible mental health and wellbeing for everyone. In particular, Goal Five of the national strategy calls for people to have “equitable and timely access to appropriate and effective programs, treatments, services, and supports that are seamlessly integrated around their needs.” This goal recognizes the full range of services and supports, such as peer support, which may provide benefit. Peer support can be a valuable component on the path of recovery for individuals with a mental health challenge or illness and for their family members/loved ones

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Location: Canada

Groups: Persons living with Mental Illness
Keywords: Training ProgramsGuidelinesMental HealthPeer SupportPeer Support ProgramsPeer Support WorkersPracticePrinciples of Practice