Peer Specialists: Enriching the Crisis Continuum
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Expires on Mar 27, 2026
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar will establish the value of Peer Specialists in crisis services, demonstrate specific examples of how Peer Specialists can provide high-quality crisis care, and describe some operational pathways that will allow the inclusion of Peer Specialists into crisis services. 


Enduring webinar 

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the value of integrating Peer Specialists into crisis systems. 
  • Recall specific examples of how one might integrate Peer Specialists into crisis work. 
  • Develop ways to pursue funding for Peer Specialist integration. 

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support 

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediat 

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: March 27, 2023
Program End Date: March 27, 2026

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, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists and those claiming CE credit for social workers, 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), CE certificate (social workers) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


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 APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 psychology continuing education credits. Psychologists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 social work continuing education credits. Social workers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many state boards grant reciprocity with national accrediting organizations and other state boards. It is the responsibility of each professional to understand the requirements for license renewal or check with the state or national licensing board and/or professional organization to become more familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit. Social workers and Psychologists should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Eric Eason, Licensed Professional Counselor, is an Account Executive with Carelon Behavioral Health (formerly Beacon Health Options) and currently supports the New Hampshire Rapid Response Access Point, a 24/7 call, text, and chat crisis resource that serves the residents of New Hampshire. He has worked in mental health for more than 25 years and has specialized in crisis for the past 10 years. Eric previously directed a Mobile Crisis team in Georgia comprised of 275 employees that served 104 rural and urban counties across Georgia and integrated Certified Peer Specialists as crisis responders. He is qualified as a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the State of GA. Mr. Eason has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • Wendy White Tiegreen, MSW is the Director of Medicaid and Health System Innovation for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities. She has almost 30 years of experience working in services delivery and administration in the public behavioral health sector.  The majority of her career has been spent as liaison to the state Medicaid authority. In her various Departmental roles, she has led in the design, development, implementation of the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL), Administrative Services Organization, Crisis Stabilization Unit certification, Adult/Youth/Parent Peer Support, 9-8-8 Crisis Implementation, and System of Care frameworks for the State of Georgia. Ms. Tiegreen has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Planning Committee

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • Amy Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Cohen has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Ms. Khan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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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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