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Peers In the Workplace: Realizing the Potential. Ronald Bassman, Ph.D. Celia Brown Darby Penney, MLS. Benefits Meaningful job opportunities for peers Peers bring experiential knowledge of service system; healing and recovery.

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Peers In the Workplace: Realizing the Potential

Ronald Bassman, Ph.D.

Celia Brown

Darby Penney, MLS


Benefits

Meaningful job opportunities for peers

Peers bring experiential knowledge of service system; healing and recovery

Peers in the Workforce


Peers in the Workforce

More benefits:

  • Model recovery- oriented approach to interacting with service users

  • Teach non-peer staff how the system disempowers people


Peers in the Workforce

Peers in the workforce are NOT:

  • Junior case managers

  • Medication enforcers

  • The “conscience” of an agency


Peers in the Workforce

Caveats:

  • Administration must understand the role

  • Don’t ask peers to do things that violate their values and principles

  • Peers must be free to express their views without fear of retaliation


Peers in the Workforce

Peers can join the workforce as…

  • Peer specialists in mainstream programs

  • Advocates or peer support staff in independent, peer-run agencies


Comparison: Peer Specialist & Other Jobs

Adapted from New York State Peer Specialist Training Materials


Knowledge/experience:

Self-help techniques, group processes, facilitation

Consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement goals

Mental health/human services systems

Rights of service users

Peer Specialist Qualifications

Adapted from New York State Peer Specialist Training Materials


Peer Specialist Qualifications

  • Able to engage and empathize based on common experiences

  • Patient, encouraging, supportive

  • Able to teach skills

  • Advocate/negotiate


Peer Specialist Qualifications

  • Experience as a service user

  • Two years’ active participation in self-help or advocacy

  • Interpersonal skills


Peer Specialist Job Duties

Developing Personal Growth Skills

  • Building trust, sharing common experiences

  • Help users:

  • explore their support needs

  • identify specific, individual strategies for coping, healing, growth

Adapted from New York State Peer Specialist Training Materials


Peer Specialist Job Duties

Teaching, modeling peer support skills

  • Convene, facilitate self-help groups

  • Teach self-help techniques and group process skills

  • Help establish peer support networks, enhance natural supports

Adapted from New York State Peer Specialist Training Materials


Peer Specialist Job Duties

Teaching advocacy skills

  • Negotiating bureaucracies

  • Applying for benefits

  • Identify, exercise rights

  • Advocate within systems

  • Educate providers on peer perspectives

Adapted from New York State Peer Specialist Training Materials


Peers in the Workforce

Opening new doors:

Empowerment, healing and growth for service users AND for the system


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