Finding the Essence of Peer Support in IPS Supported Employment

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Goodwill Workforce Training Center

1616 Patton Avenue

Room 207

Asheville, NC 28806

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Peer Support Services have been around probably as longs as humans have been here. However; the integration of these services into health care has been a recent event. As the field of Peer Support continues to develop we have gained a better understanding of what makes peer support effective or what the essence of the service is.

In North Caroline we have been pioneer in peer services involvement within employment services. When the state implemented IPS-Services around the state the decision was made to include a peer on the IPS-SE team. Since the Employment Peer Mentor (EPM) position was developed, the state and providers have worked hard to conceptualize what the role of the EPM is on the IPS-SE team.

This training with explore how the essence of peer support can be implemented in the work that the EPM does on the IPS-SE team. The training will be facilitated through both lecture, group discussions, and experiential exercises. Participants will leave the training grounded in what both peer services are and how those services are implemented into the IPS-SE model.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to recognize what the essence of Peer Support Services are.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the responsibilities of the Employment Peer Mentor.
  3. Participants will explore ways to insure the essence of peer support services are integrated into the services provided by the Employment Peer Mentor.

W. Reid Smithdeal, LCSW; CPSS; is an experience trainer, presenter, trainer, clinician, consultant, and Macro Social Worker. He held an academic appointment at Appalachian State University. Reid is certified as an eCPR trainer, Person-Centered Thinking trainer, and Recovery Coach Academy trainer. He has facilitated trainings and presented lectures across the United States for the past 15 years. Mental health recovery has been his focus of work for over ten years and speaks from the perspective of the service recipient, clinician, and administrator. He believes there are multiple pathways to recovery and that recovery is possible for everyone regardless of diagnosis, challenges, or current life experiences. Reid currently serves on Meridian Behavioral Health Services Leadership Team as the Recovery Services Manager.

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1616 Patton Avenue

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Asheville, NC 28806

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