What Does It Take to Establish Mutuality and Form a Successful Peer to Peer Specialist Relationship?
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Expires on Nov 17, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 COP Credit

At the core of peer support are relationships based on mutuality, achieved through empathy, collaboration, equality, and equity. Equality in that both parties are of equal importance to the relationship, and equity in that resources and efforts are proportionately provided to assist the individual in recovery. A sense of shared lived experience with behavioral health (BH) problems and treatment, contributes to mutuality. Because peer support is primarily provided in BH by trained and paid Peer Specialists (PS), there is an innate imbalance of power that must be addressed openly. Research has shown that peer support can reduce hospitalizations, and improve engagement, well-being. and quality of life, but existing peer support does not sufficiently address issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, or other important factors that promote mutuality. This webinar will discuss how these limitations can be overcome despite limited funding. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on November 12, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize important elements of mutuality that are not sufficiently available in peer support services provided in the behavioral health system.  
  • Assess which aspects towards forming this relationship are most applicable to their clinical needs.  
  • Propose changes that can be made to improve the peer to peer specialist relationship. 

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Peer Specialist/Peer Support 

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: November 17, 2021 
Program End Date: November 17, 2024

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board 

After completing the course, engage with colleagues in the mental health field through SMI Adviser's Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board. This is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar. Access through the discussion tab.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists must have full attendance to claim credit. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.  

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Patrick Hendry is Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services for Mental Health America. Mr. Hendry has worked as an advocate and initiator of peer-run services for 27 years, providing national advocacy and developing new services and training for peers within the behavioral health system. Mr. Hendry reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Dawnielle A. Zavala, Esq is Associate Director and General Counsel of Cal Voices, formerly Mental Health America of Northern California. Ms. Zavala reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Amy Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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