Peer support, a distinctly non-clinical role, offers unique strengths that can supplement clinical environments. These specific strengths are part of what differentiates peer roles from clinical ones. Peers are able to build unique relationships with the people they serve because of their personal “lived” experience with mental health disorders. Consequently, peers are often able to activate self-management skills and a willingness in others to work more closely with clinical providers to make informed decisions about involvement in their treatment. This presentation provides concrete examples of effective ways of introducing peer support into clinical environments without compromising the core principles of “peerness” and non-clinical involvement.
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- Effectively evaluate the readiness of their practice for the introduction of peer support services.
- Identify the necessary changes in practice to prepare staff for the introduction of peer support services.
- Develop effective methods of evaluating the effectiveness of peer support in their practices.
Counselor; Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatrist; Physician (Non-psychiatrist); Psychologist; Social Worker
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: March 14, 2019
Program End Date: March 14, 2020
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Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, ANCC Contact Hours, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CNE certificate (nursing), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services. Mental Health America (MHA). Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN. Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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