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Supporting Those Who Support Parent Peer Supporters – Please Join Us!

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We are delighted that we have expanded our parent peer support training program through our partnership with the Department of Mental Health. We thank the Department for this opportunity and give a special shoutout to Dr. LaTarsha Michael and Ms. Kathy Smith for their patience, grace and guidance as we took on tasks previously administered through the Department.

Our long-term goal is to partner with all of the state agencies and families representing them to develop a financially viable model of parent peer support consistent with nationally recognized competencies that can be implemented and sustained across systems. We currently work with parent peer support in the mental health system and healthcare system and are developing a model for parent peer support in the youth court system.

Our partnership with the Department of Mental Health also allows us to provide more support and technical assistance to agencies that employ parent peer supporters.

We believe that parent peer support strengthens the work of any organization. We also know that different issues and questions can arise when parent peer support is implemented. How can an organization pay for parent peer support? What should be in a job description? What exactly is a parent peer supporter supposed to do? What happens when there seems to be a conflict between parent peer support roles and the roles of clinical staff?

The good news is that these challenges are often just growing pains on the road to parent peer support becoming a support not only to parents, but also to the staff and organizations as a whole. If you work with parent peer supporters in any system in any capacity, or, if you simply want to learn more about parent peer support and how it might benefit your work or organization, please join us for one of two virtual conversations about parent peer support in January. The first one is Thursday, January 20 from 3:00 PM to 4:30, and the second one is fromĀ 10 AM to 11:30 on Friday, January 28.

These conversations are for anyone working with parents providing peer support to other parents in any system, such as Children’s Services Directors, MAP Team Coordinators, Care Coordinators and Center Directors, or anyone who is simply interested in learning more about parent peer support implementation. We will share an overview of Families as Allies’ parent peer support training curriculum and ongoing support and training. We want to hear your feedback on how we’re doing from your perspective and how we can be most supportive to you. We will also discuss issues in parent peer support, including how to pay for it, what should be included in job descriptions and how to address questions that may arise.

We look forward to seeing you in January for one of these virtual conversations!
Parent Peer Support Conversation for Anyone Working with Parent Peer Supporters Thursday, January 20 from 3 – 4:30 PM

Parent Peer Support Conversation for Anyone Working with Parent Peer Supporters Friday, January 28 from 10 – 11:30 AM

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