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Community Counseling Solutions Inc. David Romprey Oregon Warmline and Intentional Peer Support (IPS) by Shery Mead . Angel Prater 503-319-6671 Is all Peer Support the same?.

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Community Counseling Solutions Inc.David Romprey Oregon Warmline and Intentional Peer Support (IPS) by Shery Mead

Angel Prater


is all peer support the same
Is all Peer Support the same?
  • There are many different kinds of peer support and ways to practice peer support.
  • Different ways of “doing” peer support bring about different outcomes.
intentional peer support asks
Intentional Peer Support asks:

What are we here to do?


What are we here to stop?

what is intentional peer support
What Is Intentional Peer Support?

IPS is a purposeful way of being in relationship.

  • It requires deep self-reflection (What’s my agenda? What’s my assumption/bias?)
  • Curiosity and openness (How do you understand things? Honor other’s beliefs.)
  • Expectation of learning from each other (We both have much to learn, rather than I’m here to help you.)
intentional peer support is also
Intentional Peer Support is also…
  • Purposefully focusing on Communication and Relationship.
  • Support and Help go both ways in a mutual reciprocal relationship.
  • Both individuals learn and grow.
  • Each person is the ‘expert’ about themselves and together, in an IPS relationship, a new ‘story’ is created.
traditional crisis response
Traditional Crisis Response
  • Crisis Stabilization = Moving Away from what you don’t want
  • Crisis Respite = Resting
  • Keeping people safe = Coercion
  • Skills to cope = Dealing with & maintaining status quo.
  • Problem Solving = Directing and advising
how can we change what we re currently doing
How can we change what we’re currently doing?

Change our Fear Based conversations to conversations that are Hope Based

Fear Based = Moving Away from what we don’t want.

Hope Based = Moving Toward what we do want!

fear based response vs hope based response
Fear-Based Response vs..Hope- Based Response

When we’re afraid we want to contain or control the situation. We want things to feel comfortable.

  • When we respond out of fear we take power.
  • Fear is sometimes generated by outside forces and stories (such as by our community).
  • A hope-based response means that you and the other person see an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • A hope-based response is contingent on both people’s needs
learning vs help
Learning Vs Help

Assuming we are there to help assumes there is a problem (disconnect)

Sometimes we “help” based on our own experience with help (worldview)

Co-learning does not assume that either one is there to teach (mutuality)

An emphasis on learning assumes growth (moving towards)

the 4 tasks
The 4 Tasks

1. Connection

2. Worldview

3. Mutuality

4. Moving Toward

overview of ips training
Overview of IPS training
  • Module 1
    • Learning vs. helping
    • The 4 tasks overview
  • Module 2
    • Worldview
    • Listening differently
  • Module 3
    • Trauma informed peer support
    • Mutual responsibility
  • Module 4
    • Working in challenging situations
    • Self care
  • Module 5
    • Co-supervision
    • Final projects
  • Module 6 (Oregon)
    • Consumer/survivor/ex-patient Movement
    • Charting Progress Notes
    • Confidentiality & HIPAA
    • Reporting Abuse & Neglect


  • Authenticity
  • Paying Attention
  • Honesty
  • Trust


  • A sense of belonging
  • We’re in it together
  • Builds trust which leads to learning for both people
  • Moves the focus away from the individual and into the relationship

13 Disconnects

Ordering, directing


Wanting to make a difference

Arguing or lecturing

Telling people what they should do; moralizing

Being unaware of your power

Agreeing, approving, praising

Over relating

Interpreting or analyzing

Reassuring or sympathizing

Questioning or probing

Withdrawing, joking or changing the subject

Steering the conversation, or pushing your own agenda



Told Story: Icing

What is said/seen= Truth



  • Untold Story:
  • Cake Ingredients Contributors =Truth
  • Ethnicity
  • Birth-order
  • Religion
  • Culture etc.
mutuality re defining help
Mutuality: Re-defining help
  • Learning and growing together
  • Moving away from a “service” type relationship
  • It is only working if it is working for both of us

Doing Mutual Responsibility

The relationship

Shared Responsibility



moving towards
Moving Towards
  • When we’re moving away from we’re focusing on problems
  • When we’re moving towards, we’re creating what we want
who is using ips
Who is using IPS?
  • Oregon-IPS is unique to other trainings in Oregon and has been trained in at least 28 Oregon counties for various positions. Many have adapted IPS as their leading training for Peers as well as many traditional service staff.
  • For instance Clackamas County has trained many of their community members and clinical staff because it is known as a useful tool of communication in various areas of ones life (personal and professional).
who is using ips cont
Who is using IPS? (Cont)

To name a few of the areas IPS is used in PDS are:

  • All employees of the David Romprey Oregon Warmline
  • Deschutes County- Hospital emergency rooms, peers centers and Warmline
  • GOBHI region in various areas of PDS including but not limited to Warmline
  • Telecare Corporation all crisis program staff
  • Drop in centers
  • WVP Health Authority Clinical staff and Peer Providers
  • All IRON TRIBE members
  • Portland State University Students
  • NAMI members
  • Crisis respite centers
  • Youth programs (youngest trained thus far in Oregon is 13 years old)
  • Senior programs
  • Veterans Programs
  • Faith based community programs
  • Homeless and low income programs
  • Addictions treatment programs
  • Correctional programs
  • And more…
uses of ips outside of oregon
Uses of IPS outside of Oregon
  • IPS is used in at least 20 + US states and is a leading National and International recognized training. It has been trained in China, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Japan to name a few.
  • It has been used to help the United Nations communicate and move towards what they want. This is a perfect demonstration of how universal it is.

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